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Furry Weekend Atlanta FAQ

Furry Weekend Atlanta staffers get asked a lot of questions about the con. While we definitely encourage you to ask us any questions you may have concerning Furry Weekend Atlanta, we have put together this list of commonly asked questions – questions we receive on a frequent basis – as an aid for you in getting the information you need. Because of the volume of mail we receive, we do ask that you check this list first before contacting us with your questions.

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Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s COVID-19 policy for 2022.

FAQ: Artist Alley

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Artist Alley.

FAQ: Dealers Den

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Dealers Den

FAQ: Fursuiting, etc

Frequently asked questions about fursuiting and furry related activities.

FAQ: Hotel

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s host hotel, the Marriott Marquis.

FAQ: Photography, Videotaping, Media

Frequently asked questions about collecting media at Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Print Shop

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Print Shop services.

FAQ: Programming

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s programming.

FAQ: Registration

Frequently asked questions about registering for Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Wristbands

Frequently asked questions about Wristbands.

FAQ: CONOPS (Security)

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s CONOPS (Security).

FAQ: Travel

Frequently asked questions about traveling to Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Parking

Frequently asked questions about the parking situation in and around the Marriott Marquis.

FAQ: Volunteering

Frequently asked questions about volunteering at Furry Weekend Atlanta.

FAQ: Video Game Room (VGR)

Frequently asked questions about the Video Game Room (VGR) at Furry Weekend Atlanta.


What if I am unable or unwilling to be fully vaccinated by April 21st, 2022?

We hope you will consider attending a future Furry Weekend Atlanta event!  You will not be permitted entry to Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022 if not fully vaccinated before April 21st, 2022.

Who must be vaccinated?

Everyone present at the event.  This includes…

    1. All FWA staff members, volunteers and talent.
    2. All attendees, parents and chaperones.

What if I lose / forget / don’t have my proof of vaccination?

  • You will not be granted access to the event space.  Everyone present at FWA 2022 must provide proof of vaccination.
  • The provider who vaccinated you should be able to get you another vaccination record.
  • If you were vaccinated in Georgia, you may be able to get a copy of your vaccination record from the Georgia Immunization Registry by going to this site and submitting the form “Request for State of Georgia Official Immunization Record”

Are you keeping a copy of my vaccination record?

No.  Your helpful registration staff member will verify your proof and complete your registration.  We will not be keeping any private health information for any of our staff, volunteers or attendees.

Can I send a copy of my proof of vaccination ahead of time?

No.  See above question.

Will a negative CoVID-19 test immediately before the event be accepted in lieu of vaccination?

No.  Everyone present at FWA 2022 must be fully vaccinated.

I didn’t see the proof of vaccination that I was given on the acceptable list. Will it be accepted by Furry Weekend Atlanta?

Email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help!  Please do not send a copy of the document.

Does the vaccine that I received qualify?

If the vaccine you received is authorized or approved by either the World Health Organization (WHO) or the US Food & Drug Administration, yes.  If you aren’t sure, please check the following resources: 

I’ve heard of people faking vaccine cards to get around vaccination requirements. How will Furry Weekend Atlanta deal with this?

Acceptance of proof of vaccination will be solely at the discretion of Furry Weekend Atlanta. Presenting forged or altered documents is a serious criminal matter and will be handed over to the Atlanta Police Department. Just don’t do it.

What if I am unable or unwilling to wear a mask?

We hope you will consider attending a future Furry Weekend Atlanta event! You will not be permitted entry to Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022 event spaces without an approved mask or face covering.

Will Furry Weekend Atlanta be providing masks or face coverings?

We will not be providing masks or face coverings at the event. We do have some adorable animal masks available at!

What types of masks or face coverings are acceptable?

Furry Weekend Atlanta will mirror CDC recommendations for mask or face covering types. The full recommendations are available here:
Types of Masks and Respirators | CDC

Where must masks be worn?

  • In all common event spaces.
  • In any area posted as required by the hotel, associated shops, restaurants, etc.

Where may I remove my mask?

  • In your hotel room.
    • Note: This does not include any room or suite rented by Furry Weekend Atlanta for official event usage.  Masks are required in all event spaces.
  • While eating or drinking in restaurants or other establishments while following their posted guidelines.

What happens if I forget my mask?

  • We all forget from time to time! Our helpful staff and volunteers will remind you that it’s required and ask you to retrieve it. You will not be permitted entry to any event space without it.
  • Blatant disregard of the mask requirement may result in the cancellation of your Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022 registration without refund and loss of access to all event spaces.

Do all these precautions mean I won’t catch CoVID-19 while at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

Sadly, no. No one can guarantee you won’t catch CoVID-19 while traveling or attending any event. Overwhelming science has shown that vaccination and the use of face coverings drastically reduces but does not completely eliminate the transmission of CoVID-19.

Is my registration refundable?

Refund requests must be submitted on or before February 28th, 2022.

Is there a chance Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022 could be canceled due to CoVID-19?

There is always a chance. Our ability to host Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022 is dependent upon state and local governments allowing an event of our size. In addition, our leadership team must feel confident that we can hold the event without placing our attendees, volunteers and staff at undue risk.

Will there be changes to these policies before the event?

Probably! Please check our website for safety policy updates as well as this FAQ. We will be actively monitoring newly released information and guidance right up to and during Furry Weekend Atlanta 2022.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here.

Please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will do our best to answer your questions!

Artist Alley

Will there be a sign up or lottery for Artist Alley?

While we may implement a control method in the future, because Furry Weekend Atlanta is not responsible for sales and reporting we generally allow the Artist Alley to fill on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want dedicated space available for your full time use, please purchase space in the Dealers Den.

Does Furry Weekend Atlanta provide a central register?

No. Furry Weekend Atlanta only provides space; it is your responsibility to track your sales and taxes due.

What time does Artist Alley open and close?

Subject to change, Artist Alley will be open from 3 PM to 12 AM on Thursday, 10 AM to 12 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Where may I draw when Artist Alley is closed?

For those artists who find the Artist Alley hours just aren’t quite enough to satisfy their drawing needs, we will have a soft seating area available for use when Artist Alley is closed.

Will power outlets be available in the alley?

There will be no individual power outlets available for use. Any outlets that are in the room will be taped over. Please do not remove the tape – even if you are sitting near one, you may not use it. However, there will be a communal power strip situated in the room where you may plug in small devices when you need to use them. You must remove the device when you are finished and free up the power plug. You may not use the power strip to recharge devices such as laptops. You may also not bring an external power source into the alley to use, such as a UPS battery backup. If you require power full time, please purchase space in the Dealers Den.

Will artists be allowed to have a bag or luggage in the alley?

Artists will be permitted to have one bag or other small luggage item in the alley provided that it does not obstruct walkways (both in front of and behind the tables) or emergency exits. Artist Alley Staff, Coordinators, and Director reserve the right to designate baggage as too large to be kept behind the table.

May I sleep in Artist Alley to keep my space?

No. If you are caught sleeping, you will be removed. This policy actually applies to the entirety of convention space.

Can I just sell things out of my room?

No. This is a violation of hotel policy, Furry Weekend Atlanta Policy, and State of Georgia laws. Sales must be limited to the Dealers Den / Artist Alley area.

What can I sell in the artist alley?

You may sell only your work (such as artwork) or items that feature your work (such as comics, videos or CDs). You may not sell items that were not made by you or are otherwise commercially available (such as food items).

Can I have display racks or small tables that sit on the floor next to my table?

No. You are permitted a single 8.5 x 11 sign that must sit on top of your table. If you require large displays, please purchase space in the Dealers Den. Artist Alley Staff reserves the right to both make exceptions and request signage be removed at their discretion, especially if displays encroach on the space of other artists.

Can I play music or a video at my table?

Yes, as long as no complaints are lodged. Also, remember you may not plug the device into a power outlet. Any electronics used at your table must be battery-powered internally. If asked by the staff to turn it down, please do so. If not, it will be removed.

What about taxes?

It is your responsibility to collect and file the appropriate tax paperwork and payment to the state of Georgia. Furry Weekend Atlanta does not track your sales and specifically disclaims responsibility for your tax liability – instead, we’ve arranged with the Georgia Department of Revenue to use a special Miscellaneous form, same as our dealers, to report sales tax that does NOT require artisans to have tax IDs. The form, Georgia Form FS-32 is exceptionally simple and should take less than 5 minutes at the end of the day to complete. Assistance will be available for those who need it. Artisans must, however, track their own sales. The tax rate is 8%.

Dealers Den

Is there room available in the Dealers Den?

Check the Dealers Den Page for more information and updates on the status of the Dealers Den.

How do I purchase space?

As of 2018, Dealers Den space is sold through an application and approval process. Please read the Dealers Den Policies for further details.

What can I sell in the Dealers Den?

For the most part, we allow pretty much anything to be sold in the Dealers Den. One notable exception is pirated works. You must be legally be able to sell every item you have for sale. If questioned by the staff, it is up to the dealer to prove they can legally sell the item in question. Also, any mature items in your inventory must be hidden from view from minors (like behind the table) and be censored in such a way to conform to common decency standards. Finally, because of health and hotel concerns, we ask that homemade food not be sold in the dealer’s room. Pieces of mass market candy (like M&M’s) given away freely in a small candy dish or a small amount of packaged food (like boxes of Pocky) as part of your full inventory is acceptable. The dealer room staff or executive staff of FWA has the final say on what can and can’t be sold. If asked to remove or censor an item, the dealer is required to do so. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Can I just sell things out of my room?

No. This is a violation of hotel policy, Furry Weekend Atlanta Policy, and State of Georgia laws. Sales must be limited to the Dealers Den / Artist Alley area.

Are memberships included in the price of the dealer’s table?

No memberships are included in the price of your dealer table. You must purchase a membership separate of a dealer’s table. You and all assistants must have a membership to sell in the Dealers Den.

Is electricity available in the Dealers Den?

Because of costs, we must charge for electricity and limit the number of spots that we have. Access to electricity will now cost $35 per dealer. We will offer, as we do in the artist alley, a communal power strip that can be used by anyone for legitimate business needs. You won’t be able to charge your phone or laptop on it, but if you need to scan or laminate something, it will be available.

Is wireless internet available in the Dealers Den?

Yes. Furry Weekend Atlanta is working to provide wifi to Dealers Den. As always, we are not and cannot be held responsible for access or speed of the internet. There will be a charge for internet of $20 per day for 2019 – you’ll be able to sign up while connecting at the con. See the Dealers Den Policies page for more details.

Where is my table located?

Because we don’t assign tables “on the fly” – we wait to make sure we can satisfy all the requests – we can’t give you a precise location of your table until one week before the convention.

I need some extra space for displays, wall space or to sit by another dealer. Is that possible?

When you register for your table, there will be space for you to make these requests. Please note that requests are filled in a first come, first served basis as much as possible.

I want to share my table with someone. Is that okay?

Only single tables may be split between Dealers, and both Dealers must be approved through the application process.

I don’t have the money right now. Can you hold me a table and I’ll pay on date x?

We’re sorry but we cannot. Payment is due when reserving your table.

Can I have display racks or small tables that sit on the floor next to my table?

Because of space limitations, there are only a few positions in the Dealers Den that this is allowed. Please advise us when you sign up for a table that you will want one of those spaces. If you don’t receive one of those spaces, these display items may be asked to be removed by the Dealers Den staff if they pose a safety hazard or clog a walkway.

Can I play music or a video at my table?

Yes, as long as no complaints are lodged. If asked by the staff to turn it down, please do so. If not, it will be removed.

What about taxes?

It is your responsibility to collect and file the appropriate tax paperwork and payment to the state of Georgia. We’ve arranged with the Georgia Department of Revenue to use a special Miscellaneous form, same as our dealers, to report sales tax that does NOT require artisans to have tax IDs. The form, Georgia Form FS-32 is exceptionally simple and should take less than 5 minutes at the end of the day to complete. Assistance will be available for those who need it. Artisans must, however, track their own sales. The tax rate is 8%.

A dealer wronged me, didn’t deliver, etc. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta help?

Generally speaking, Furry Weekend Atlanta is not a party to agreements made between dealers and attendees. We really prefer not to be involved in disputes and suggest that you try your absolute best to work out your disagreement with a dealer directly. Our involvement in disputes is generally limited to providing (limited) contact information.

An attendee didn’t pay me. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta help?

As with above, Furry Weekend Atlanta is not a party to agreements made between dealers and attendees. We ask that you please try to work these disagreements out between you and the attendee in question.

Fursuiting, etc.

Do I need a fursuit to attend?

No! It is a common misconception that everyone who attends an anthropomorphic or “furry” convention wears a fursuit. Only a small percentage of our attendees – somewhere between 10% and 15% – attend Furry Weekend Atlanta with a fursuit, and even fewer are in suit at any given time. Most attendees are just everyday people interested in anthropomorphics.

Can I wear my fursuit at the convention and around the convention hotel?

Absolutely! We not only allow fursuits at the con, we highly encourage and welcome them. That said, please do exercise caution in wearing your fursuit to any place outside of the hotel (see the Local Area Guide for full details about this.

Can I bring my puppets/pawpets to the convention and carry them around with me?

Absolutely! Please feel free to bring all of your puppet friends with you if you would like.

What activities, panels, and events will be available for fursuiters?

Check out our Fursuiting Page for full details on all of our fursuit activities.

Is this or that appropriate attire for my fursuit?

If you’d wear it out in public, you should be able to wear it on the con floor. If you’re unsure, please ask someone, or don’t wear it. CONOPS will ask you to change if they feel it’s indecent. This goes for any clothes, not just on fursuits.


How can I get a hotel deposit refund for FWA 2020?

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has agreed to refund the room deposit for bookings made in our 2020 room block. We are working with the hotel and will provide further details as soon as possible.

What is the address of the hotel?

The hotel is located at:

265 Peachtree Center Ave
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States of America

You can find information on how to reach the hotel on the Travel Pages.

How many people can we put in a room?

In accordance with the fire marshal restrictions, the hotel doesn’t like to see more than four people staying in a room. A room should never have more people than it can comfortably sleep.

Where can I find people to share a room with?

Although we no longer host forums, we have a Facebook group just for posting about room and ride shares. There is also a site that hosts forums for each convention, ConRoomies. They put up the site for each con about 4 months before the convention. Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot vouch for the suitability of any site or matches. Each person should ask for references and use their best judgement. Make sure you know some of their friends and ask around before agreeing to a room or ride share.

What is the minimum age to rent a hotel room?

The hotel has informed us that the minimum age to rent is 18. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to have a parent of legal guardian check you into the hotel. Furry Weekend Atlanta is not able to provide you with sleeping space or cosign on a room with you.

I’m under 18. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta cosign on a room with me or get me a room?

No. See above. We cannot assume liability for your room.

Does the hotel have high-speed internet?

Yes, the hotel has high-speed wireless Internet available for a small charge.

Can I ship stuff to and from the hotel?

Yes, through the onsite FedEx.  Detailed information on shipping stuff and from the hotel is available here. The hours and services available are outlined on the FedEx location webpage.  There are charges that vary by weight as well handling and storage fees. You can also contact the FedEx shipping center at (404) 586-6190.

Are cheaper accommodations available?

Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot recommend any hotel other than the Marriott Marquis. While there are other hotels in the vicinity, we ask that you stay in the convention hotel because the very financial future of the convention is dependent on us booking a certain number of rooms. Plus, you’ll have a much more pleasant experience if you stay at the convention hotel – you’re just minutes from the action!

Can I bring my pet?

No. pets are not permitted. Service animals are permitted as required by law. Questions about this should be directed to the Marriott Marquis.

Is there a charge for parking?

There is a charge for vehicles parked in the hotel parking lot. More details on parking options will be posted as the convention nears on the parking page.

I have a large vehicle (recreational vehicle, motorcoach, bus, tractor trailer). Will the hotel be able to accommodate me?

The hotel itself has no parking for large vehicles that will not fit in the hotel parking garage. There are several open-air lots within walking distance of the hotel.

What about elevators?

There are 18 elevators that cover the 47 floors in a staggered fashion.

Does Furry Weekend Atlanta have a “quiet” floor or other area where there will be no parties?

At the present time, there has not been enough demand for such a space. However, this may change in the future.

Where can we get food?

The hotel is directly connected via sky bridge to the Peachtree Center Mall food court (it is literally about 200 yards from the convention floor). There are over 50 restaurants within a 3-block area of the hotel, and more than 100 within a one mile area.

Can I pay for my hotel room in cash?

Yes, you can. However, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you do not do this. There are some issues with this that you should be aware of.

If you are going to pay in cash, be aware that the hotel has the right to, and most likely will, request a deposit when you check in to cover any incidental charges (telephone usage, room service, etc) made to the room over the course of your stay. This is a standard practice at most major hotel chains worldwide. This requested deposit could be quite large and may be up to and including two (2) nights at the room rate, but may be more or less.

If you wish to pay with cash, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you use a credit card to secure the deposit on the room when you check in, and then pay the full balance in cash on checkout. That removes the need to pay the cash deposit before being allowed to check in.

I don’t have a credit card. Is there another alternative besides cash?

Yes. Many people don’t realize that you can get pre-paid debit cards at places like Walmart for a low fee, and work just like credit cards.

I don’t have a credit card. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta “hold” a room/pay for me and I pay the con back?

Sorry, but we are unable to do this for the reason listed above under Furry Weekend Atlanta cosigning. We would be assuming liability for your actions and any damages to the room.

If I make a reservation with a debit card, will it be charged immediately?

Yes it will be charged for 1 night.

When making a reservation, the hotel will charge one full night, plus possibly more to cover incidentals (telephone calls, etc) This money is taken immediately out of your account. If you do get a refund, it will be given back to you, but generally take a week or two for processing. Also once you check in, they will place a hold on the card for the full amount of the room, plus additional for incidentals, and this money will not be available to you until you check out, when the hotel removes the hold and the actual costs are then charged to your room.

For this reason, Furry Weekend Atlanta recommends that you do not use a Debit Card when booking a hotel room.

Where is a good place to meet people?

The Marriott is a very large hotel, so it can be a bit overwhelming. There’s plenty of spots to ‘hang out’ on the con floors, and we’ll have tables, sofas and other things spread out for people to gather.

I heard the hotel is non-smoking. Is that true?

The hotel is 100% smoke free – this includes the restaurant, bar, and all guest rooms. The hotel has also asked us to tell our attendees not to smoke outside the main entrance as it is a heavily trafficked area.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I just crash somewhere in con space?

No. Hotel and Furry Weekend Atlanta policies prohibit sleeping in the convention space. If you are caught sleeping in convention space, you will be asked to move along. If you are caught again you risk being asked to leave the hotel.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I just stay up the whole time?

You would be exceedingly unwise to do this.

I can’t afford a hotel room. Can I sleep in my car?

Again, you would be exceedingly unwise to do this. The hotel itself will not allow people to sleep in cars, and many of the surrounding parking garages and surface lots have similar policies. You run the risk of being asked to leave.

Okay, then, what should I do if I can’t afford a hotel room?

Get roommates! By splitting a room with 3 other people, you cut the cost down to 1/4 of a full cost room. You’ll also have a chance to get to know some other people who may become lifelong friends!

I’m having problems with someone at the hotel. Who can I contact?

You can contact our hotel liaison at [email protected].

Photography, Videotaping, Media

Is photography allowed?

Photography for personal use is more than allowed – it’s encouraged!

However, if you are planning on shooting pictures for any commercial or media project, your use falls under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

What if I do not want to be photographed?

You can ask that the person not take your photograph or simply walk away.

Will videotaping be allowed?

Videotaping for personal use is encouraged!

However, videotaping for any commercial or revenue project will fall under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

How may I distribute photographs and audio/video recordings that I made at the con?

As long as they were shot for personal use, you may distribute them in any way you see fit.

However, if your use is commercial or revenue, your project falls under Furry Weekend Atlanta’s Media Access Policy, and must be cleared by our staff.

Generally speaking, if you are making any money by being at Furry Weekend Atlanta and by shooting photos or video, you need a press pass.

It should be understood that Furry Weekend Atlanta, Inc. retains the trademarks to, and reserves the right to determine the appropriate use of, the name “Furry Weekend Atlanta.”

I am a member of the media. Can I cover this event?

Please visit the Press & Media Page for more information.


What is the Furry Weekend Atlanta room party policy?

It is the policy of Furry Weekend Atlanta that what goes on in the privacy of a hotel room is not of the convention’s concern. However, we do ask that room parties be kept to a reasonable size (remember fire marshal restrictions) and that all noise be kept at a reasonable volume. Hotel security WILL break up parties that receive complaints. However, if Furry Weekend security personnel have reason to believe that illegal activities or activities that could threaten the welfare of the convention are taking place at a room party, they have a duty and a responsibility to act to ensure the safety of the convention and its attendees.

I want to be on staff! What do I do?

First, you have to understand that being on staff at Furry Weekend Atlanta is a full-time commitment, entailing 8-12 hours of work a day. Furry Weekend Atlanta gives heavy preference to people who have attended at least one year and have volunteered with the con at least a little bit. For more information on staffing at Furry Weekend Atlanta, please visit our staff page, here.

Can I bring my pet to Furry Weekend Atlanta?

While we all love animals and want them to be part of our lives, for the safety of all attendees we must ask that pets not be brought into the convention area. Exceptions are made for working service animals and animals that may be part of presentations that have been cleared with Furry Weekend Atlanta. Pets (again, excluding service animals) are not permitted in the hotel as well.

Print Shop

What is the deadline for submitting artwork for approval for sale?

Deadlines are only for discounts. We will take submissions for print even at the convention, though production times will vary based on when the request is made and what the workload is at the time.

What if I want to buy prints that won’t be ready before I leave the convention or before the convention ends?

The prints will be shipped free of charge to the purchasers after the convention.

What file format and resolution is preferred?

Any of the common file formats are acceptable but if you use a format that loses too much quality for print due to compression we may have to reject it until you can submit a better quality file, either through raised dpi, different file type, or both. You should be using a minimum 300 dpi for the specified size of your artwork. Also please specify whether the art should be Matte or Glossy when you are submitting.

How do I submit my art?

Currently (we are working on a better way) you will email [email protected], we will send you a Dropbox “Get” request and you will upload your art to a folder specific to you. In your request we will need the specifics of your order. We will need need: How many? What size? Glossy or Matte?

Should the files include an allowance for bleed/trim margins or will they be printed to edge?

We can print to the edges or leave a margin as requested.

Is this service available to anyone or only those with a table?

It is available to anyone.

Why did you replace the Art Gallery with a Print Shop?

We did not, they are not related. The Art Gallery was its own entity, the Print Shop is a brand new service.

Does the artist need to attend the convention in person?

No, we will take any artist’s work and add it so anybody that wants a print can buy one from the artist. The artist will get paid for anything they sell whether they attend the convention or not. We will do all the work.

Is the price in the chart on your page per print or for the whole order?

Prices are for each piece printed. The ranges are a discount tier where each pieces price drops if enough are ordered.

Will you take submissions for NSFW (Adult) art?

Yes, and we will have procedures in place to make sure they are not viewable, purchasable, or left out where any minors might be exposed to art of this nature. This may also include shipping the art to the purchaser after the convention, free of charge.


I have an awesome idea for programming that I’d like to help with. Who can I talk to?

Please e-mail [email protected] with your proposal.

What kind of programming will be available at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

We will have a wide range of programs to appeal to as many interests as we can without overextending ourselves.

How can I be a panelist?

Please e-mail our Director of Programming at [email protected] with your suggestion.

I want to propose to my boyfriend/girlfriend/mate at the convention. Can you help?

First, congratulations!

While in the past our policy has been a blanket “no” to these requests, we now ask instead that you contact us and tell us your idea. While we can’t make any promises, often we will try to help provided it is done in such a way as that it minimizes the commitment of our staff and disruption to the convention. Anything that adds a little bit more joy to the world is a good thing.

Can I use space in the convention area for a private function?

While Furry Weekend Atlanta has in the past occasionally allowed this, we can no longer do so. Sorry, but our hotel agreements and liability insurance no longer permit us to sublease space.


How can I get a registration refund for FWA 2020?

We are working on a way for pre-registrations to be voluntarily donated to the event. We are also working diligently to determine options for refunds and will provide further details as soon as possible.

When and where do I register?

Registering can be done at anytime before, online or at the hotel when registration is open. If you preregister, you will still need to pick up your badge onsite but you will save time by registering early.

Registration Hours 2019 (subject to change)
Thursday, 3pm – Midnight
Friday, 10am – 9:30pm
Saturday, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, 10am – 3pm

What forms of payment are accepted?

For pre-registration, we will accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover via our online registration. We no longer accept mail-in registration or mail-in payments (given our size now, this is just too much work for our limited staff time). We will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, personal checks, money orders, and traveler’s check for payments at the door.

I don’t have a credit card, but I want to pre-register. What can I do?

You can purchase pre-paid debit cards at many grocery stores, pharmacies, and other locations. These can be used to pay for your registration.

What if my check bounces?

We understand that these things happen sometimes, however we will be required to charge you a $30 bounced-check fee, as this is what our bank charges us. You will be given every opportunity to settle the debt, but your membership will be revoked until the debt is settled.

If you have not made arrangements with Furry Weekend Atlanta to settle the debt and bounced-check fee within 30 days of being notified of the bounced check, we are required by law to report the check to the local authorities. Please don’t make us do this. Bouncing a check is illegal in Georgia, and could subject you to penalties of up to $5,000 and/or three years imprisonment.

What do I need to check in if I’m preregistered?

You will need valid identification. See the section below on what types of identification are acceptable.

Will I get any kind of “ticket” or membership information in the mail?

Nothing will be mailed to you in regards to your membership. To claim your badge, take your photo ID to registration where the staff will print your badge and check you in.

What forms of identification are acceptable?

Furry Weekend Atlanta must be able to verify your identity, name, and age. A primary identification will contain your photo, legal name and birth date and be issued by a state or national government. Examples of a primary identification are a driver’s license or state identification card, passport, military identification, or national identification card (for international guests).

Secondary identifications are forms of ID that don’t contain all of the above information or are not issued by a state or national government. While they alone are not solely acceptable for identification to Furry Weekend Atlanta staff, using multiple types of secondary identification is permitted. Examples of secondary identification include school IDs, work IDs, union membership cards, birth certificates, social security cards, health insurance cards, check stubs, or W2 forms.

If you are attempting to use secondary identifications to enter Furry Weekend Atlanta, you must be able to provide photo identity, name, and age. All your forms of secondary identification must match and at least one must be issued by a state or national government.

What if I don’t have a photo ID?

Then you will need to get one before coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta. Contact your local DMV about obtaining a Photo Identification – many states offer these for little or no charge.

If you simply cannot acquire a government-issued photo identification, bring as much identification as you can. Birth certificates, utility bills, school IDs. Please, help us help you.

What do I need to register at the door?

You will need valid identification. See the section above on what types of identification are acceptable. You will also need a form of payment. We will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, cash, personal checks, money orders, and traveler’s check for payments at the door. There is an ATM in the hotel lobby – but it often runs out of money over the course of the weekend so please don’t rely on that as your sole funding source.

Please note that purchase of God Level memberships at the door is no longer possible.

What if I’m under 18?

Furry Weekend Atlanta welcomes attendees of all ages. However, past experiences have forced us to require that a signed, notarized parental permission form (available in DOC, and PDF) be on file with us for all attendees under the age of 18. After registering, you can either mail it to us or bring it with you to check in. NO ATTENDEES UNDER 18 WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT PARENTAL PERMISSION ON FILE OR A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT REGISTRATION WITH THEM. NO EXCEPTIONS.

What if I’m under 18 now, but will turn 18 before the convention. Do I need a parental permission form?

As long as you are 18 years of age as of Opening Ceremonies, you will not need a parental permission form.

What if I’m under 18 now, but I turn 18 at the convention? Do I need a parental permission? Can I get a non-minor badge on x day?

Because you are not 18 as of opening ceremonies, you are still required to have parental permission on file with Furry Weekend Atlanta. Even if you turn 18 during the convention, we will be unable to print you an additional badge for security reasons.

What if I’m under 13?

Due to COPPA restrictions, minors under 13 cannot be registered on the website and must register in person on the day of the convention, with a parent or legal guardian present to chaperone you. No one under the age of 13 will be admitted without the presence of a chaperone, who must accompany the minor at all times. Additionally, a signed parental permission (available in DOCPDF) must be on file. We will have these available for you to sign at registration.

Can my brother/sister/uncle/friend sign my permission form?

Only if your brother/sister/uncle/friend is your legal guardian.

Your permission for must be signed by your parents or your legal guardian. Furry Weekend Atlanta reserves the right to (and often does) contact the person listed on your permission form and verify the information provided, so please don’t try to pull anything funny on us.

Do I still need a permission form if I’m under 18 and coming from an international country? Even if I’m considered of legal age in my home country?

Yes. Furry Weekend Atlanta operates under the laws of the United States of America, the State of Georgia, and the City of Atlanta. Regardless of what legal age is considered in your home country, we are bound to follow our laws.

All persons under 18 at Furry Weekend Atlanta must have parental permission on file with us. Furry Weekend Atlanta has a special International Minor Permission Form (available in DOC and PDF). This form still must be notarized by the equivalent of a public notary in your country.

I really want to come, but my parent/guardian won’t sign the permission form. Can I just show up?

No. Every attendee is required to present identification that verifies age. Those who cannot do this will be turned away. Why not invite your parents to come with you? We have many families that attend the convention each year and have a great time together. This may be a good chance to introduce your parents to the fandom!

Do I still need a permission form if my parents will be with me at registration?

No. We will have permission forms available at registration, and your parent may sign the form in witness of Furry Weekend Atlanta at registration in lieu of having the form notarized.

I had to have a parental permission form last year and I will still be under 18 this year. Do I have to get the form signed again?

Yes. Forms are valid for one year.

Where can I find a “Notary Public?”

Check your local phone book under Notary Public. Many law offices also have a notary public on staff, and many FedEx Office locations around the country can also provide notary services. You can also check your local city hall or courthouse. If you are in a different country, you may check under Commissioner for Oaths. As a last resort, US Consular Services in many nations can provide notary service.

I lost my permission form or photo ID on the way to the convention. Can you just let me in?

Sorry. We hear this one every year, and it won’t work. Do not come to Furry Weekend Atlanta unless you are prepared to show valid identification and, if under 18, a signed and notarized parental permission form.

I don’t have an ID, and I can’t get one before the con for x reason. Can you just let me in?

See above. Pretty much anything that ends in “can you just let me in,” the answer is more than likely no.

I will be unable to attend Furry Weekend Atlanta. Can I get a refund?

Please direct refund requests to [email protected] before the closing of Early Bird Registration. After Early Bird Registration closes in February, we will be unable to issue any refunds. Sorry – at that point we’ve already spent the money!

Didn’t you used to issue credits?

For tax reasons, we can no longer issue credits for future years. You are entitled to a full refund before the closing of Early Bird Registration. After Early Bird Registration closes in February, we will be unable to issue any refunds.

I purchased a membership to Furry Weekend Atlanta but I won’t be able to make it. Can I give my membership to x?

Sorry, but memberships to Furry Weekend Atlanta are non-transferrable. You are entitled to a full refund before the closing of Early Bird Registration. After Early Bird Registration closes in February, we will be unable to issue any refunds.

Can I upgrade my membership now?

Absolutely! Just log in to your profile at and upgrade your membership, or you can upgrade at the door! If you would like to upgrade to a God Level membership, they are limited and will be unavailable once they reach their cap. Upgrading to God Level is not available at the convention.

Can I upgrade my membership at the door?

SURE! We will gladly allow upgrades for pre-registered members. However, please be aware that upgrades from pre-registered memberships occur at at-the-door prices. Please note that it is no longer possible to upgrade to a God Level membership at the door.

I want to volunteer with registration. How do I help?

Furry Weekend Atlanta policy prohibits volunteers from working in any position where they handle money. However, there are may jobs in registration – such as manning the badge printing station, controlling lines or helping in the convention store – that do not involve handling money. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at [email protected] for more info on lending a paw.

I can only make it to the convention on x. Will One Day memberships be available?

Yes, one day memberships are available. Please see the Registration page for more information.

Why did the prices go up?

Because it is an unfortunate economic reality that, over time, expenses always rise. Every year the expenses that we incur to operate the convention increase, and in order to continue to provide the level of service you have come to expect from Furry Weekend Atlanta, we must occasionally make an adjustment to the membership prices so that we can continue to operate as a business.

You’re a 501(c)3, right? Can I deduct my membership from my taxes?

Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot offer you tax advice, and we recommend you consult a tax specialist or financial planner. Any advice given is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as representing any factual or qualified financial advice.

That having been said, payments made to a 501(c)(3) organization are deductible as a charitable contribution for taxpayers who are itemizing their deductions on their U.S. federal income tax return, but only to the extent that the amount paid exceeds the fair market value of the benefits received in exchange for the payment. We have already subtracted the value of the benefits received at each membership level from the respective prices to arrive at the tax deductible amounts. These amounts are noted on the registration page.

I can’t remember if I registered. Can you tell me?

You can always log in to to see if you have made a profile, and check to see if you have registered for a membership, or contact [email protected] with your legal name and email address.

Can you tell me if my friend x has registered for the convention?

Sorry, but we are unable to disclose the details of who has and hasn’t registered for the convention. To do so would be a violation of privacy.

I had to cut my wristband off!

Bring the cut pieces to Registration and they will help you with a new one.

Do I need to buy a registration?

Yes! Your registration to the convention is what pays for the convention to happen. It is our primary source of income and allows Furry Weekend Atlanta happen.

Can I buy a membership as a gift?

Who doesn’t love the gift of FWA? If you would like to purchase a membership for someone else, select the membership level on, add it to your cart, and finalize your purchase. Once you’ve bought all your memberships, you can then go to your Wallet to view them. To gift a membership, click on “Set Will Call” on the membership you want to give, and enter their name in the “Name For Will-Call” box and hit save. Make sure the name matches their name exactly as it appears on their government issued ID!

You can now give them a printed copy or screenshot of the membership and the barcode that accompanies it. They can take this to registration with their ID and redeem their gift pass! Remember, all attendees must have their own account to redeem memberships!

I’d like to purchase multiple memberships for friends/family/dealers assistants, etc. How do I do that?

If you would like to purchase a membership for someone else, select the membership level on, add it to your cart, and finalize your purchase. Once you’ve bought all your memberships, you can then go to your Wallet to view them. To assign the membership to another person, click on “Set Will Call” on the membership you want to give, and enter their name in the “Name For Will-Call” box and hit save. Make sure the name matches their name exactly as it appears on their government issued ID!

You can now give them a printed copy or screenshot of the membership and the barcode that accompanies it. They can take this to registration with their ID and redeem their gift pass! Remember, all attendees must have their own account to redeem memberships!


Why does FWA use wristbands instead of badges?

Great question and we get this one a lot! There are a lot of misconceptions about why FWA uses wristbands and we appreciate your curiosity!

  1. As the fandom continues to grow conventions are challenged to register every attendee in a timely fashion (ever hear of line con?). We’re a volunteer organization, able to operate by the gracious donation of our volunteer and staff’s time. Our personnel resources are limited and the addition of wristbands has helped us deliver a fast and efficient check-in with a minimal burden to our staff and volunteers! Since we don’t have to print badges and call out names over everyone talking, in 2019, the average check-in time per person was less than 30 seconds!
  2. Technology! Year over year we plan to add more functionality that physical badges just can’t deliver. We admit the first year was rough. We’ve learned from that and in 2019 we shortened wait times at reg (the longest wait time ALL weekend was 30 minutes!). In 2020 FWA was the FIRST furry convention to offer a mailed registration option!
  3. Did you know that a common policy at Furry Conventions is that if you lose your badge, you have to buy a new registration? OUCH! Wristbands are uniquely tied to a specific person, we can activate and deactivate the wristband without the worry of inconveniencing the guest. That means, that we’re happy to announce that we have sunset our policy of charging a full registration cost for lost badges. We’re happy to deactivate the old wristband (rendering it unusable) and activate a new one for you!

Oh, by the way, did you know that you can pick up a novelty badge at the convention? If you missed your chance last year, head over to to pick one up!

I purchased a God Level or Super Sponsor membership as a gift for someone. How will they receive their mailed wristband.

Please email the Registration team at [email protected] for assistance.

I have my wristband but can’t attend the convention. Can I give it to someone in my place?

Unfortunately, memberships are non-transferable.The wristband you received is tied specifically to your account so the wristband you received cannot be given to anyone else.

Can I upgrade my Regular or Sponsor registration to Super Sponsor or God Level so I can have my wristband mailed to me?

You sure can! Go to your profile and select “Upgrade” on your registration to upgrade to Super Sponsor and God Level.

What happens if I move after I’ve elected to receive my wristband through the mail?

You can change your mailing address in up until the wristband cut off date. Once the cutoff date has passed the wristbands have been mailed and the address cannot be changed.

If I have my wristband, do I still need to go to Registration at the event?

More info will be available about this as the convention approaches. We will still need to verify your ID and activate your wristband when you arrive.

What happens if I forget my wristband at home?

Please don’t forget your wristband at home! If you do, you’ll need to talk to a registration staffer to get it fixed, and that defeats the purpose of your speedy check-in!

I don’t want my wristband shipped, I would rather pick it up.

Not to worry. Having your wristband mailed is an Opt-in process. You will only be mailed your wristband if you’ve selected to do so via

I’m not a God Level or Super Sponsor, can I still have my wristband mailed to me?

Unfortunately, at this time we are only offering mailed wristbands to God Level and Super Sponsors. Up until the wristband cutoff date, you can upgrade your registration at and select to have your wristband mailed to you.

Why are you only mailing wristbands for God Level or Super Sponsor?

Furry Weekend Atlanta pushes to improve the guest experience year over year for all of its members. Because mailing wristbands is such a monumental change to the registration process we choose to limit the amount of wristbands we are sending out as a test run. Look for more information for 2021!

Do you ship wristbands internationally?

Sorry, at this time we cannot ship wristbands internationally.

Do you offer discreet shipping?

Sorry, all our packages have our company name and address on the label. Fear not though, the shipping container itself is unassuming.

When will I receive my wristband?

Wristbands will be mailed out on April 1st. Tracking information will be sent to your email address so that you can track your order. Since shipping times vary, we can’t tell you exactly when to expect your wristband.

I opted in to having my Wristband Mailed to me what happens when I arrive?

Make sure you arrive to the convention with your wristband secured to your wrist and your legal documentation (see information on identification requirements here). Bring your ID, to a staff member at a check-in kiosk, scan your wristband and show your ID. We’ll verify your account information and you’ll be on your way!

Make sure to follow us on twitter and opt-in to registration emails so you can remain up to date with all the information regarding your membership.

CONOPS (Security)

I know of a potential security risk. Who can I talk to about this?

Please e-mail [email protected]. At the con, speak to anyone on the CONOPS staff or one of the board members as soon as possible. If you can’t find a CONOPS staffer or a board member, then do not hesitate to talk to any staff member and get him/her to locate someone who can handle the situation.

Keep in mind that Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from the convention just because you don’t like them, because they make you uncomfortable, or because they wronged you personally at some time in the past. We must be presented with specific evidence in support of revoking membership privileges, which usually must involve Furry Weekend Atlanta itself, or with some type of legal document (such as a restraining order).

I don’t like person x. Can you ban them?

Sorry, but Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from attending just because you don’t like them. If you have an interpersonal disagreement with someone, we suggest you either work it out before coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta, or avoid said person altogether. Either way, we expect all persons attending Furry Weekend Atlanta to behave as adults.

Now, if you have legal documentation (such as a restraining order), you should contact our security as soon as possible. However, our security staff will not get involved in personal disputes, and any issues will be referred to local authorities.

Person x wronged me, owes me money, stole my mate, etc. Will you ban them?

See above.

Person x did thing y at other convention z. Will you ban them here?

Furry Weekend Atlanta does not ban people based on what they do at other conventions. They must violate our rules before being banned.

Am I banned?

If you are banned, you will know it. You will have been provided with both verbal and most likely written notification (though it may be via email) notifying you that you are not welcome to attend Furry Weekend Atlanta and, if warranted, the length of your ban.

How is security being handled at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

Our CONOPS group coordinates with hotel security and outside contractors to ensure everyone has a safe time and that everyone accessing convention areas has a badge. We also hire a police officer and EMT to handle any issues that occur. If you have any security concerns, please email [email protected].

What is Furry Weekend Atlanta’s policy on weapons?

Updated for 2018. 

Real firearms are not allowed on Marriott property, even with a proper permit. The Marriott has a posted a no weapons policy which will be enforced by hotel security and hired police.

Prop Weapons Policy

Prop guns – prop guns are allowed as long as they do not look like a real weapon in any way. This includes both form and color. Nerf guns are one of the best examples of a permitted prop weapon. If it looks like a real gun, even with an orange tip, it’s not allowed. The purpose of allowing prop weapons is complement a costume in keeping with the theme. Props should be space/fantasy themed and not simply be replicas of actual weapons.

Use this opportunity to paint your props bright colors to match your character. We also encourage the use of lights and sounds, where appropriate.

No prop should be operational in a way that can fire a projectile, this includes Nerf darts. Nerf darts should be nowhere on the con floor.

Any props that use “Caps” or a percussion charge (kid’s cap gun), should be modified so as to incapable of firing.

Squirt guns should be rendered inoperative either with a large hole that can not be easily covered or the squirting mechanism removed.

Airsoft guns, paintball guns or BB guns are also not allowed.

Any real, antique firearm, flaregun, starter pistol, movie realistic prop that has been modified not to fire or was designed never to fire, is also prohibited.

Swords- Swords are permitted if in a scabbard. It should not have a “live” (sharp) blade. Be mindful of those around you with the scabbard.

Any other prop weapons should look obviously fake in both form and color. if there are any questionable props, you can stop by CONOPS to have an identifying “Peace Tie” place on the prop.

Prop weapons should be in good taste and FWA reserves the right to make a final determination on the suitability for any prop on the con floor. This policy may be modified at any time in the interest of attendee safety.


What about water guns and silly string?

Please leave these at home. These are potentially harmful to both the hotel as well as our fursuiters (for those who don’t know, fursuits can cost over $1,000 each), and there are plenty of other ways to have fun at the convention without having to bring these items.

I’m worried about someone threatening me at the convention?

Security at the convention is designed to keep the attendees safe and everyone happy, but they can not act as your personal body guards. If you are merely concerned about a particular person, we suggest you avoid that person as much as possible. If you are directly threatened by a person (verbal attack, attempted physical attack, inappropriate physical contact, etc.), contact security to report the incident and they will advise you on what can be done about your particular situation.

If you see someone doing things that don’t seem right (especially anything in violation of convention rules or city/state laws), notify security immediately and let them deal with the situation. Anyone violating convention rules or city/state laws will be dealt with appropriately, which could include revoking membership privileges or being handed over to local law enforcement if necessary.


What airport should I arrive into?

Where can I find cheap airfare?

Atlanta is a hub for Delta Air Lines and has a large presence with Southwest Airlines, so both of those should have reasonable prices to and from ATL. Hipmunk or Kayak are very good resources for hunting down good airfares.

What is the minimum age to rent a car?

Rules vary between companies. Most require a valid, insured driver to be 25 years old, though some will allow 21-year-olds to rent (with an accompanying, rather steep, deposit). Check with your car company for more information.

I am coming from another country. What should I know about traveling to the United States?

Please understand that, following the events of September 11, 2001, the transportation system in the United States is very sensitive to foreign visitors. This does not mean that foreign visitors are unwelcome, but that there are extra hoops they must jump through. Please follow all guidelines and instructions to the letter. Be prepared with at least three forms of current identification and full details about your travel plans including how you plan to get to your location and full contact information.

Under no circumstances are you to joke, AT ALL, with security or anyone else in a security zone or checkpoint area. Certain words, such as bomb, gun, fire, or other related words, will set off alarm bells with security people. Finish the humor before you get to the security area. If you listen carefully to what a security person tells you and do exactly as you are told, you should have no problems.

The United States has visa agreements with certain countries in addition to our neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico. Please check the State Department’s Visa Wizard page for more information.

Remember that all international visitors must get an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before traveling to the United States. Visit the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

Be sure to check out our International Visitors page!

I need sponsorship to come into the country. Can Furry Weekend Atlanta sponsor me?

No. Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot take legal responsibility for sponsoring international attendees. We suggest you speak with a travel agent in your home country; often, they have resources that can get you sponsored to enter the United States.


Where can I park?

Please see our Parking Options page with information about parking options.


Does Furry Weekend Atlanta need volunteers?


How can I volunteer?

Thank you! Furry Weekend is always looking for volunteers to help out around the convention. Check out our Volunteering page for full details on how to sign up. A volunteer table will also be set up at the convention.

Can I volunteer for a specific function?

We do our best to accommodate volunteering requests. However, Furry Weekend Atlanta policy precludes volunteers from working in certain area of the convention (most notably, any position that involves the handling of money). All of our volunteer needs are being coordinated through our volunteer coordinator. Check out our Volunteering page and then e-mail [email protected] with your request.

Video Game Room

Is the Video Game room cool?

Yes, it’s awesome.