Activities and Events

Art Show

The Orycon Art Show is open to both amateur and professional artists who specialize in science fiction, fantasy and fannish themes. Our artists represent a dynamic voice within in the fan community. Submission guidelines and the fee schedule can be found in the Art Show Rules. Art Show registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space please submit a completed Registration form, a signed Release and Waiver form, and a check for fees. We look forward to seeing your work! Click through for forms and more information

Child Care

OryCon 36 will be providing professional childcare to watch over your children during the convention. 

Click through to read how to take advantage of this!

Children's Programming and OryKids

Over the last several years, we've been expanding children's programming to make OryCon a more family-friendly event. Our children's programs explore many fan interests: gaming, crafts, costuming, music, science, and stories/writing; and are scheduled in one centrally located room. The age range for these activities varies from 3-12, and will be listed in the program descriptions.

Costume Contest

This year OryCon is holding a contest in a format closer to what you may have seen at other conventions.  We have some incredible costumers and cosplay enthusiasts in our membership, and to encourage that sector of our community, we will be staging a more traditional competition.  We will have a panel of three judges, including our cosplay GOH, Jesse Lagers!

There will be three categories for the competition: 

Cosplay, for those that want to compete against others that focus on developing a character with careful attention to detail, accuracy and technique.  

Creation Station

Creation Station is a unique programming track at OryCon, full of exciting workshops and events, from the most G-rated to some for adults 18+. Our overall gestalt approach to programming is to be a warm welcome wagon for anyone, of any age and any skill level, who is new to something – OryCon, science fiction cons, being a panelist, experimenting with a type of fan creation, or a type of fan performance encouraged in one of our panels.

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This year we have  a new DJ for your enjoyment who will be rocking the ball room Friday and Saturday nights. His name is DJ Ahkren and he boasts having more songs than iheart radio. Expect to hear beats to get you on your feets. He will be bringing some new remixes along with our midnight must haves. We hope to see you there!

Dealer's Room

We have had many fantastic vendors from year to year.  This year is shaping up to have another great mix as well.  Click through to find out who we expect to see at OryCon this year!

Fan Tables

Every year, we have many FANtastic fan tables. Don't miss out! 

Click through for information in signing up, and who has already signed up.


Hospitality at Orycon is dedicated to providing you with delicious food and drink from 7am til midnight during the Con. Click through to see the menu.

Open Read & Critique

An Open Read & Critique (ORC) is an opportunity to read the opening portion of your short story or novel aloud to your peers. They will then critique your work Clarion-style, in round-table marathon sessions, focusing on your first 750 words. Our theme is “How to Hook a Reader.”


We love parties, we’d love for you and or your group to host a party, we’d also love for you to read the following information…

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will once again be at OryCon! This year, the blood donation drive will take place on Saturday, November 8th, from 10 am to 3 pm. The Bloodmobile will be parked outside the DoubleTree to make donation easy.

You can schedule your donation time online to ensure you get in when you want. Please follow the instructions below and sign up now!

Here are the steps for donors to sign up for the OryCon blood drive:

Writer's Workshop

We are accepting submissions through July 20, 2014.  Submissions are closed!

Submit your best work to the workshop just as you would submit your best work to an editor. Often a piece has problems that the author doesn’t know how to fix, and this is a good venue to explore solutions to those problems. On the other hand this is not a good venue in which to present problems that you already know are there, know how to fix and haven’t gotten around to eliminating. Critique time is precious and goes by very quickly. It’s best spent on problems that are unknown or difficult for you to solve rather than the problems you already know how to take care of.