So What is Con Nooga all about? To be honest "It's YOUR Con!"
Some people refer to Comic Cons or Celebration of certain Geek or Pop Culture. Con Nooga celebrates all fandoms and all genres. Some shows focus on guests but we primarily focus on programming, entertainment, workshops, contests, interaction and networking. We have over 500+ hours of content in a mere 3 days. Covering all genres, fandoms, pop culture and pretty much anything geek to freak! We have over 23 rooms of programming every hour and 2 total stages. We love to add ideas, panels, workshops, contests and anything that YOU want to suggest - After all It's Your Con! Con Nooga.
What is "Con Nooga"?
Most people know Comic Con or Fan Convention - So that's exactly what we are but with some extra umph! We are a Convention located in Chattanooga. Therefore we named it ConNooga! We celebrate the fans of all fandoms never focusing on just one genre or fandom but embracing all genres and fandoms. From Anime, Artists, Authors, Vendors, Gaming, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, British Media, Kidz, Comics, Console Gaming, LARPS, Films, Paranormal, Cosplay and anything else that finds a home at Con Nooga. Contests, Workshops, Seminars, Concerts, other Entertainment; we strive to bring a variety of fun and exciting things all weekend long.
Where is Con Nooga located?
In the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We encompass over 150,000 Square feet at the beautiful Chattanooga Convention Center and over 10,000 square feet at the Historical Chattanoogan Hotel. We focus on Family friendly events (which is safe for all ages) at the Chattanooga Convention Center from noon Friday until Midnight; 9am Saturday until Midnight and 9am until 3pm on Sunday. Our 18+ and Nooga Nights happens 8pm Friday and goes until Midnight; 8pm Saturday and goes until 2am. The Chattanoogan will host our main stage as well as most night time activities and programming on Friday and Saturday as well as our Room Parties on Saturday!
We focus on Family friendly events (which is safe for all ages) at the Chattanooga Convention Center from noon Friday until Midnight; 9am Saturday until Midnight and 9am until 3pm on Sunday. Our 18+ and Nooga Nights happens after 8pm on Friday and Saturday and goes until 2am.
What about special needs or handicap access?
We attempt to accommodate everyone. The Convention Center has ample handicap access and parking available in the garage. Most if not all our hotels can accommodate as well. The garage next door as well and as always all meters are free for vehicles with handicap placards. We have partnered with Mobility equipment rentals provided by Chattanooga Mobility and Lifts
Prices for the weekend:
Knee walker $20K
Power wheelchair $85
Manual wheelchair/transporter $25
To reserve equipment, please call Chattanooga Mobility and Lifts at (423) 875-3456 no later than 1 month prior to Con Nooga. You will need your debit or credit card for your reservation. There is a delivery fee of $60 that will be split among those who rent the equipment. When you arrive at Con Nooga, please pick up your rental at Disability Services.
How do I become a Vendor, guest, or artist in the vendor hall?
We are proud of our 40,000 square foot Exhibit/Vendor Hall. We get numerous requests and our process is possibly a little different from other shows. We attempt to keep a variety and assortment of vendors, guests and artist so we can hit every aspect of the fandoms plus allow the vendors to do well without an over saturated number of the same type vendors. Our staff asks for a few simple things when submitting to be a guest, artist, or vendor- contact Cali@connooga.com for more information
Which is the best day to attend?
All 3! Honestly there is so much happening over the 3 days and the best value is to get a full weekend pass to cover everything we have to offer. However we understand some people may be strapped for time or just want to come see what Con Nooga is all about. SATURDAY is the day with so much entertainment, panels, contests etc that it is overall the best day to see what Con Nooga is all about. If you want to come see a guest, vendor, author or just get a feel without the higher priced badge - we recommend SUNDAY. We try to keep Sunday very affordable so we can get those slightly interested people a chance to see a little of Con Nooga plus shop with our amazing vendors, artists, authors and guests. Day Passes are only available at the door... And pricing reflects below: All AT DOOR PRICING IS CASH ONLY. And includes taxes and fees.
Where can I find a schedule?
Con Nooga has followed technology trend and gone to a paperless APP for our scheduling. Our APP enables you to make custom schedules, find almost anything and has a lot of extras as well. We also understand some people have yet to jump into technology so our programming team can custom print or give you a printed schedule if you ask for one. We do highly recommend our APP as we can alert you to changes in the schedule, alert you to sessions and makes life a little easier. Our schedule of over 500 hours of programming is a tough task to input and keep on top of but our programming team is amazing and tries to get it available at least 2 weeks prior to the event. (Go to your normal app store and search for Con Nooga - be sure to download the latest year!)
What is included in the price of the badge?
Everything... well almost! Workshops with a make and take item will cost a few dollars more but you are learning a skill trade by a professional and getting the items to make within the workshop. Plus some gaming events with prizes will have a small entry fee as well... Otherwise; every event, show, contest, vendor hall access is all included with your badge. And that even includes the free Con Nooga shuttles as well. If you estimate the cost of all the entertainment, shows, learning, entertainment, contests - It would = well over $150 worth of events all weekend long! We have to add a TN Tax to each membership
FRIDAY ONLY BADGE - $30 :KIDS - (Ages 6-13) $15(*Must be accompanied by adult badge holder)
SATURDAY ONLY BADGE - $40 :KIDS - (Ages 6-13) $20(Must be accompanied by adult badge holder)
SUNDAY ONLY BADGE - $15 :KIDS - (Ages 6-13) FREE (Must be accompanied by adult badge holder)
BEST DEAL - 3 DAY BADGE ADULT: $60 :KIDS (Ages 6-13) $25 (Must be accompanied by an adult badge holder)
Shuttles? Where and what are these shuttles for?
The Chattanooga Public Free Shuttles that can take you anywhere downtown and to the Convention Center as well. (This is why we love our hometown! When you arrive at Con Nooga - you can literally leave your car parked all weekend because we can get you anywhere downtown and Northshore for free!)
What age recommendation or is there something for kids?
We love families and kids (we call them kidz!) Our amazing team has put together a Kidz track geared for 13 and under. Something happening all day and into the early night hours. From workshops, interactive things, panels, contests and so much more our Kidz Track is infamous for what they do. (Enough so that other conventions visit and have copied our efforts!) Kids 6 and Under are FREE but we require an adult pass and adult supervision for any Kidz 13 and under! *(ADULT PASS MUST BE purchased and must accompany any child with a Kidz Badge - NO EXCEPTIONS!)
*Con Nooga is not a baby sitting service and we reserve the right to ask your child to leave and be escorted to security if not accompanied by an adult with a Con Nooga Badge.
Is there any Gaming? You bet! Our great partners at Infinity Flux and Game On Chattanooga have put together some amazing content all within our 18,000 Square Foot of GAMING SPACE. From CCG, Table Top, Board Games, Role Playing etc. Plus numerous pick up games, chance to learn to play numerous games as well!
Do you need help on staff or how can I get involved?
We have numerous departments and areas for our volunteer staff. Not to mention perks for those that meet the minimum requirements from staff *(Attending meetings and being involved)* Otherwise we do offer a discounted badge for staff. Our volunteer staff are the heart and soul to Con Nooga. and help bring life to all the genres, events, contests and the future of Con Nooga. Join our Volunteer Staff page on Facebook and learn more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/615727845173181/
Con Nooga Charities?
Con Nooga realizes that without the support of our local community we wouldn’t exist. That is why Con Nooga gives back to the community! Each year we hold several events that are about having fun, and raising money for local charities! Texas Hold ‘Em tournament? We have it! Want to rent a sidekick for an hour? We got you covered! Want to spend money on geekery? Our Charity Auction is where you want to be! Want to ride a Big Wheel while chugging a beer? Guess what you can do that too! All Proceeds go to charity. Con Nooga gives 100% of all funds raised to our selected charities. Over the past 9 years we have been able to raise over $35,000 for local charities.
For 2018 our charities are:
Hamilton County S.T.A.R.S.!
Is Resident Evil real? No. But S.T.A.R.S. are real! Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services. Instead of saving you from zombies, these S.T.A.R.S. will rescue you from swift water, find you if you're lost in the wilderness, provide support for events like Iron Man, & so much MORE! Est. In 1983 Hamilton County S.T.A.R.S. has been saving lives long before Alice or Jill were even thought of. If you want to help support this great team, make sure to participate in the many charity events ConNooga hosts, including the Side Kick Auction, Texas Hold em, Jail & Bail & MORE! Thank you in advance for your support
Tennessee Valley Pride
Celebrating diversity in Chattanooga, Tennessee and combining our LGBTQ Resources to raise awareness, educate, and improve our community with dignity and respect. The Board is committed to raising awareness, educating and strengthening the community, creating a safe environment and improving the human condition
Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW Post 3679; Ft. Oglethorpe)
The VFW works to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. They serve America’s veterans, the military, and their community. It doesn’t matter if they are collecting Toys for Tots, buying biscuits and delivering them to local nursing homes, or supplying wheelchair repair parts for Vets in need. These men and women served our country. Now with ConNooga Charity, you can help them serve their community.
Have a question not listed? Contact us !!
With safety concerns and the comfort of our attendees being at the top of our list every year - we have introduced a special set of volunteers on our staff. They will have on a STAFF or VOLUNTEER vest, and wear a teal bandana around their wrist.
These are our Valkyrie or Shieldmen volunteers. Their job is to make sure you feel safe and comfortable at ConNooga to the best of our ability. While we continue to anticipate our con-goers to be on their best behavior as in previous years, with incidents at other cons rising - we want to be ahead of the game.
If you are having trouble disengaging from an enthusiastic conversationalist, feel overwhelmed or overstimulated, perhaps have had a little too much libations, or just simply dont feel confident walking back to your room or car alone - please feel free to walk up to one of our Valkyries or Shieldmen for assistance. If none are currently within your eyeline, please see any ConNooga volunteer to radio for one.
It doesnt matter how much you had to drink.
It doesnt matter how you identify.
It doenst matter what youre wearing.
These volunteers include first responders, medical workers, therapists, and crisis responders - as well as special education workers. We are here for you.
RULES OF COSPLAY:
-cover your bits. Hamilton County has nudity laws, so as long as nipples and "bathing suit" areas are covered, you are good.
-weapons policy: common sense is key. weapons that look like weapons should be holstered or sheathed unless for photos. dont brandish them or horseplay excessively. You get 1 warning - period.
-during the day is generally considered "family friendly", please be respectful of that.
-night cosplay, as with other cons, gets a bit more daring as the child-oriented programming has concluded for the day. go nuts. see rule one.
Other than that? Cosplay is for everyone and we arent going to harsh your fun. Be respectful of your fellow nerds, be conscious of blocking traffic, impeding movement, or restricting visibility of booths in the vendor hall.
RULES OF CONDUCT:
-Cosplay is not consent. Nothing is consent but consent. DO NOT TOUCH STRANGERS WITHOUT PERMISSION. This is not a hard concept, and not one staff are going to be particularly patient with. Having to explain to you. It's common sense. Dont touch people. It doesnt matter what they are or are not wearing. ASK.
-Keep your comments to yourself. Remember when a surely wise elder of your family said "if you cant say something nice, keep it to yourself?" Well, heres that reminder. every time is someone's first time, and not everyone has the artistic ability of Michelangelo - so if you have something shady to say, either keep it to yourself or your friends. Bullying will get you booted. Period.
-Dont be a jerk. We are all here to have fun, meet friends, be with our families, and share our fandoms. Do NOT be "that person". Be nice. It's easy. :)
-seek a volunteer (Our volunteer team are visible in Orange, Blue and Vlack Vests)- Orange - General Staff - Black - Security - Blue - Management (Coordinators and Directors)
-seek a valkyrie
NEED SPECIFIC COSPLAY HELP?
-ask for a cosplay or larp volunteer
-ask someone with a radio to ask for a Coordinator or Director
-grab a valkyrie, They can assist - with any worry or need as well!
NEED LAW ENFORCEMENT OR CON LEADERSHIP?
-start yelling. yes, really. if you need help, alert those around you at top volume IMMEDIATELY.
-bolt to a volunteer or security person present. we will drop what we are doing.
-go to information/registration/ops: they have radios, and can dispatch what you need
With the rise of incidents happening at cons, and with "cosplay is not consent" as a concept not being enough to protect con-goers from people who just cannot be bothered to take their dose of act-right before leaving the house: Con Nooga, has a 0% nonsense policy.
Ultimately, we can only do something about things that are reported. Please help police your community - if you see something wrong, step in. Stopping these issues starts when jerks, buttheads, and creeps know that their behavior is not accepted all the way from attendees to Con Nooga leadership.
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