The first Worldcon, retrospectively known as Nycon I, was held in New York in 1939 with an attendance of 200 people.

The Guest of Honour was Frank R. Paul.

The convention has taken place every year since except during the Second World War, usually around American Labour Day weekend. By the mid-1970s attendance rose to about 4,000-5,000 fans, with more or less attendees depending on the host city.

Worldcon has developed many traditions which fans expect to see. These include a Hugo Awards Ceremony, the Masquerade, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, signings, readings, the art show, exhibits, dealer’s room, guests of honour speeches, multiple tracks of programming (all running parallel to the permanent exhibits, hospitality suites, signings, readings and other activities), children’s activities, many parties every day and more.


Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon

Fergal, Vanessa, Gwen, Brian, John, John, James and Kevin at the Dublin2019 table

August 15 – 19, 2019

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How do I attend?

If this is your first Worldcon then you are in luck!

We are offering our first time attendees a special price of 100 euros which is 60 euros off the standard adult price! That membership comes with all the same perks as a standard membership including all the activities on site as well as nominating and voting in the Hugo awards.

Click here to get your first worldcon membership now.