Great minds think alike, and whether you're crazy about science fiction, a superfan of a favorite book series or have a passionate interest in baking, it's uplifting to surround yourself with like-minded people.
In the next few months, Atlanta will host some of the largest and most diverse fall conventions in the region. With events that feature celebrity guests, discussion panels, cosplay, fashion shows, themed parties, tabletop gaming, prize-winning contests and shopping, you'll feel like you've stepped into the world you've always dreamed of.
So, put on your magic cloak, grab your camera and get ready to have a blast with kindred spirits this fall at these top Atlanta-area conventions:
Anime Weekend Atlanta. Oct. 31-Nov. 3. $35-$80 per person, free for children ages 10 and under, limit two per paying adult. Cobb Galleria Centre and Renaissance Waverly. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.awa-con.com.
Calling all anime fans — Anime Weekend Atlanta is back and bigger than ever with Artist Alley, tabletop gaming, cosplay events, a Dealer's Room with licensed and official art, fan panels, the AWA Fashion Show, video gaming, a formal ball and the Saturday Night Dance. Special guests include Kimura Subaru, Christina Kelly, Hyper Core, Tiffany Grant, Caleb Hyles, Mike Haimoto and many more.
The Ultimate Sugar Show. Nov. 7-10. $15-$155 per person. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. 404-998-9667. www.ultimatesugarshow.com.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with other dessert lovers around the state at The Ultimate Sugar Show, which takes place at the Galleria early November. As Georgia's largest baking and sweets show, this event will include not-to-miss workshops and classes, samplings from some of the best local and national sweets vendors, shopping from a large selection of baking supplies and cake-making toys and the Great Southern Bake Off competition on November 10 to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
The slime obsession is real. Make your passion known by joining other slime lovers like yourself at Slime Expo ATL in November. You'll see live slime demonstrations, meet and greet YouTube brands, shop from slime vendors, ask questions from slime experts, take part in workshops, enjoy the sensory slime play area, win prizes, receive free giveaways and more.
CONjuration. Nov. 15-17. $25-$50. Hilton Atlanta Airport. 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. 404-767-9000. www.conjurationcon.com.
Harry Potter fans, don't miss CONjuration mid November at Hilton Atlanta Airport. Throughout this magical weekend, you'll experience live-action gaming, take part in potion-making classes, enjoy a fashion show and craftsman contest, hear live music and witness live owls at the birds-of-prey show. Special guests include Draco and The Malfoys, Earthquest.org, Dueling Club, web series premiere of The Campaign, Dungeons and Dragons Improv group Funyuns and Flagons, Potterless Podcast and many more.
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