Forget the high-class clubs and society events, nerds and geeks have no time for those types of gatherings. Piggybacking on the success of the hit television show “The Big Bang Theory,” it is once again cool to be a dork and an intellectual. While you may not be as extreme as Sheldon or dress like Wolowitz, you can take solace in knowing that each week, and throughout the year, Atlanta has a multitude of events that will allow you “go where no man has gone before.” Let’s take a look at some of the most popular.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Dates: Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2013
For 25 years, Dragon*Con has set the standard when it comes to conventions geeks love to attend. Atlanta is lucky to host this mega convention each Labor Day weekend, and local business owners love all the traffic this show brings to downtown Atlanta. The show kicks off each year with the Dragon*Con parade and then it continues to the convention floors of numerous area hotels. From sci-fi to comics, and even steam punk, Dragon*Con has it all. Notable guests of the past have included Todd McFarlane, William Shatner and Adam West. Pick out your favorite costume and get to Dragon*Con this September.
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Geek Trivia at Ray’s New York Pizza in Midtown
Technology Square at Georgia Tech
26 5th St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Each Tuesday night, the geeks of Atlanta gather at Ray’s Pizza in Midtown to test their knowledge on all things nerd. The trivia questions may be about personal computers, Star Wars or even physics and chemistry. Leave your iPads as home, no cheating is allowed. Ray’s pizza is tasty and the action is fast paced. House cash is awarded to the winners, so come out and test your skills each week at Ray’s. Ray’s is also the home to some classic video games and great live music. It’s a geek paradise, right in Midtown.
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Yaarab Shrine Center
400 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30308
For some reason, geeks love roller derby. It might be the themed costumes or it might be the action and violence. Roller derby has evolved over the last 90 years and now it is thriving in places like Atlanta and around the South. The teams in Atlanta’s league include The Denim Demons and The Toxic Shocks. Roller derby is more than a sport, it is in-your-face competition and a couple hours of excitement you won’t find anywhere else. Guys and girls around the meteo area pack the venue each night to see the girls compete. Give it a try.
2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire
743 Fowler St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Tentative 2013 Date: Oct. 12, 2013
The Atlanta Mini Maker Faire is one of the most interesting events each year in Atlanta. This is a serious expo of innovators and tech enthusiasts. It’s free and open to the public, so come out and see what people are making. It might be a robot, computers or even a wooden bicycle. You will be amazed at the genius contributors of all ages and their ideas. You can sign up for the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire mailing list at www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Makers.
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Davidson Student Center at Columbus State University
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907
Date: Nov. 15-16, 2013
Just outside of Atlanta, you will find Columbus State University and one of the greatest student-run organizations at any university in the country, “Campus Nerds.” Each year, NerdaCon is put on by this group of organizers and close to 20,000 people revel in comics, tech, art and hanging out around like-minded individuals. Whether you enter the costume contest, check out all the anime or attend the panel discussions, you will be able to geek out this November at NerdaCon. Don’t miss it.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.