ConGregate 9

July 14-16, 2023 | Downtown Marriott & The Embassy Suites | Winston-Salem, NC


What is ConGregate?

ConGregate is a completely volunteer run, science fiction convention (conference), held in the Winston-Salem, NC. We host a fair amount of interactive programming, in addition to traditional programming (panel discussions, concerts, costuming, short film festival, and charity auction). The interactive nature of our con allows fans an opportunity to interact directly with the guests and other fans. In other words, we offer a lot more than just a large exhibit hall filled with vendors and guests.


We will be at the Downtown Marriott (main con hotel) and the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. 

Note: The cost of hotel rooms went up for 2023... this is being driven by the current cost of labor.


We pride ourselves in trying to provide an inclusive environment, and are proud to fully support all fans, equally, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, or national origin.

(Also -  see our Harassment Policy

Guests of Honor

Our Guests of Honor for 2023 are John Scalzi and Michael A. Stackpole.

Scalzi image    Stackpole image


Programming is beginning to take shape.  Look for a preliminary schedule in early to mid June.

Short Film Festival

We will be launching our first ever, short film festival in 2023!  We are accepting submissions through Film Freeway

Hawaiian Shirt Friday

Each year, Congregate remembers contributors that we have lost from the science fiction and fantasy world. The tradition began in memory of Aaron Allston, who was well known for his love of Hawaiian shirts. We encourage everyone to wear a Hawaiian shirt on Friday, July 14. 

Charity Auction

Each year we raise money for a local charity. In 2022, we were able to give a nice sum to the Food Pantry of the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated.