Hypericon | Nashville, Tennessee

A weekend popular arts conference; festively uniting creators, makers, and performers with those who appreciate and aspire to their craft.

Events & Panels

Over 120 Hours of Events!

We present the most unique content, created by fans and for fans. Hypericon features multiple rooms, many of which run late into the night or never close. Any time of day or night, there is something to do or see!

Probably the most remarkable thing about Hypericon is our Signature Event lineup! We’re planning some entertaining new programming as well as the reutrn of some old faves! A few of those unique diversions are previewed here, with more to come!

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Yearly Signature Events

Opening Ceremonies

Meet the awesome (but questionably nuts) staff and hosts for your weekend boyage on the USS Hypericon, as well some of our Guests of Honor. Get the skinny on all the latest news or updates as we kick off, and learn more about the highlights of our event.

Hypericon Cosplay Showcase

The cosplay contest, reimagined.

We set out to take the best of Cosplay and enhance it, the least desirable aspects and eliminate them, and the fun – amplify it! Our new approach to Cosplay competition will honor presentation as well as craftsmanship, while keeping participation and judging simple and accessible to all. We hope you’ll join in, and with a prize like a $500 Gift Card for a Barnes & Noble shopping spree, we are certain it will be worth your while! Click here for entry and detailed information!

Closing Cremonies

Time for one last hurrah! We’ll wrap up the weekend, thank our guests, dealers, and community partners and take care of any last-minute awards. There is normally, free stuff, surprises and other things you don’t wanna miss before you hit the road!

Luau Pool Party

Yes! A luau! How many conventions have you been to which feature a luau? Grab your most ridiculous Hawaiian shirt and join us for this festive, memorial, charity event. The Luau Pool Party, is poolside so, bring a suit and go for a dip or just hang out with friends and watch all of the amazing entertainment. There will be a donation jar for our beloved charity.

This event was created in honor of the late Fred Grimm, Hypericon founder and beloved member of the geek community, who had an affinity for those shirts!

Surprise Q&A

They don’t know who they will be. We don’t either! But we will ambush some guests, staff, and perhaps the guy from the mailroom, and draw zany as well as serious questions for the panel from a very special hat, while the audience looks on for the delrious 11th-hour chaos! Always a riot, this panel is a traditional fave.

Burlesque Cabaret

Hypericon presents The Burlesque Cabaret! Award-winning con favorite Big Daddy Cool serves as Magical Emcee and host! Crystal Starr thrills with sideshow stunts and astounding physical feats! Ginger Oh Snap and Marie Merlot add a touch of class, and our new Kitten, Sarah Neathery will join them on stage Special headliner Diletta Delight brings her charms to Hypericon for your entertainment pleasure as well! 18+, no photo or video, please.

Previous Special Events

Hypericon After Dark: Time Traveller’s Masquerade Ball

The Greatest Show on Earth starts now…

Mix and mingle at this year’s dance – The Time Traveller’s Masquerade Ball! We will be starting the night out with The Amazing Sara Neathery performing songs from “The Greatest Showman” Celebrate the magic and excitement by travelling through time to experience all of the weirdness and artistry made fabulous by artists, musicians, and entertainers in this themed affair.  Dress up from ball gowns to Roaring 20’s flapper girl, or dress down in your retro 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s mod wear. While you’re at it, grab a drink from the hotel bar, enjoy the sites and sounds and dance til your feet fall off!

Hypericon Science Theater 3000

Hang out with some of our witty guests and staff as we heckle a couple of our cheesy faves, and even a new piece of beloved culture as well! You won’t see us, but we’ll be there in silhouette. Stay up late with us and have some laughs!

This is a drop-in event, so feel free to come and go, add a drink to your tab, and re-join us along the way. We promise to attempt to be only so offensive, but there are no guarantees, so don’t bring the clergy or the kids! (Unless they’re, you know, crazy like us!)