Everyone in the city is getting revved up for Dragon Con and the 80,000 people that'll be in attendance over Labor Day weekend. However, before you give your all to creating your Dragon Con look, you might want to save some energy for Doggy Con. Taking place two weeks prior to Dragon Con, this convention incorporates pop culture looks from you and your furry friend. This Atlanta convention and festival allows you and your dog to compete for top prizes.
Doggy Con will consist of a pet parade and costume contest, and creativity will be key. You definitely won't win by slapping any old Halloween costume on your pup. Past years winners nailed their unique looks that clearly took a lot of effort. This is the third year that Doggy Con has taken over Woodruff Park, so you'll want to create a costume that goes down in history.
You'll be competing in three separate categories: Best in Show, Best Doggie/Owner "Con-bo" and Best Cosplay Costume. Even if you don't win, you still get some free swag just for registering. You and your dog can kick it at Fetch Park & Icehouse afterward to celebrate even being part of the competition.
If you do win, expect some top of the line prizes from Dragon Con, Whole Dog Market, The Clean Dog and more. You and your pup will be living and taken care of by these generous sponsors. You might even walk away with one-day passes to Dragon Con.
Your dog will be treated like the star they are. You'll have the chance to purchase doggie goodies as your dog plays one of the many games crafted specifically for them.
Chances are you'll get overwhelmed with your dog's overexcitement, so there will be a cash bar from Steady Hand Beer Co to help you relax.
If you think you've got what it takes, it only costs $10 to register. If you're not up for the task, you're still invited to come out and watch. Admission is totally free for spectators.
Be up bright and early on the morning of August 17; the convention starts at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Are you ready to take on the fierce competition?
Price: $10 to compete, free for spectators
Address: 91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Why you need to go: You dog deserves a day all about them, and you deserve to be surrounded by fellow-puppy lovers.