Register for WisCon

Registration for WisCon 46 in 2023 is not yet available. When we open registration, we’ll update this page and send notifications on social media and our newsletter. If you want to make sure that you know when registration opens, subscribe to our email newsletter.

How to Register for WisCon
When registration for 2023 is available, this link will take you to the online registration system:

  • Register for WisCon 2023
You can pay online by credit card, or if you plan to attend in person, you can pay at the convention by credit card, cash, or check.

If you register online but choose to pay at the convention, your membership will be reserved, but listed as unpaid. If we approach the in-person membership cap for WisCon, we may contact you to confirm that you still plan to attend; if we don’t hear back from you at that point, your membership may be cancelled.

If you can’t use the online registration system for some reason, but wish to pre-register, email registration@wiscon.net.

Policies & Pricing
Proof of Vaccination
Health and safety policies continue to evolve, and we’ll announce the policies in place for WisCon 46 closer to the convention. Historical information on the WisCon 2022 COVID-19 policies can be found here.

Membership Categories
We anticipate another hybrid convention in 2023, with both in person and virtual panels and activities. These virtual offerings may expand as we move closer to the convention. However, we do not expect to be able to broadcast all in-person programming to virtual attendees, due to limitations on AV equipment and volunteer time.

An Adult in-person membership gives you access to the full weekend of in-person events (with the exception of the Dessert Salon, which requires an additional ticket), as well as to all online programming and the WisCon Discord server for that year.

An Online membership gives you access to all of the virtual streaming and programming, as well as the Discord server for that year. You can upgrade from an online-only membership to an in-person membership any time before the pre-con registration deadline. You can also upgrade your membership at the door (assuming we do not reach our in-person membership cap), though in this case you will not receive a pre-printed badge.

Supporting memberships do not give access to either in-person or online convention events. Supporting members will be mailed any print materials from the convention (e.g. program book and/or souvenir book) after the convention is over.

Pricing: Full weekend memberships
  • Adult (In-person) (18+): TBA
  • Online Membership (18+): TBA
  • Teen (ages 13-17, in-person or online): TBA
  • Youth (ages 7-12): TBA
  • Supporting Membership: TBA
  • Former WisCon Guests of Honor: Free
  • Child Care (age 0-6) $1 per child; requires pre-registration. Please provide the age of each child to be enrolled in childcare. For details, read the childcare information page.
  • Single Day Membership: See below
Both free memberships and financial support for attending WisCon are available through the WisCon Member Assistance Fund (WMAF)
Dessert Salon tickets
The Dessert Salon takes place Sunday night, before the Guest of Honor speeches. One ticket gets you two items from the dessert buffet, and physical access to the room where the Dessert Salon and the Guest of Honor speeches are held. For those who do not attend the Dessert Salon in person, the Guest of Honor speeches will be broadcast to a secondary viewing room at the Concourse, as well as shared with online members of the convention.

We are working with the Concourse Hotel to plan a safe Dessert Salon in the context of the pandemic; the details may change from previous years, but the Dessert Salon will still take place in some form.

Proceeds from the Dessert Salon help to financially support the convention as a whole, allowing us to keep things like Child Care and the con suite available to all members. For this reason, Desert Salon tickets are available on a sliding scale. Minimum and suggested prices will be posted when registration has opened.

Questions and Answers
What if I’ve already registered but can’t attend?
If you are unable to attend, refunds are available until May 15 in the year of the convention. You may opt at any time to defer your membership or Dessert Salon ticket to a future year, or to donate your membership or Dessert Salon ticket to the WisCon Member Assistance Fund.

Why did you change registration systems?
Longtime WisCon attendees will have noticed that we’ve changed registration systems twice in recent years! Our previous system (at account.wiscon.net) was developed and maintained by members of our AppDev team. Many members of that team have since stepped back from the concom, and at the same time we’ve had growing problems with our interface with PayPal. We therefore made the decision to transition to a third-party registration and payment platform, and selected GrowTix from among the options we reviewed.

However, in the course of WisCONline in 2020 we became aware of a number of accessibility issues with the GrowTix interface. We are fortunate that the longtime developer of the WisSched app, BC Holmes, was able to develop a new registration interface for WisCon in the Fall of 2021, building on the registration interface used by Balticon.

What Is the In-Person Attendance Cap?
Registration has historically been capped at 1,000 members; however, world events may occasionally require a lower in-person cap, which will be communicated when registration is available. We cannot guarantee availability of at-the-door memberships. However, we do not currently plan to cap the number of online memberships available.

Are There Single Day Memberships?
If the convention does not meet our in-person cap, single-day memberships will be available at the door. The cost of these memberships is:

  • Friday: free
  • Saturday: TBA (Adult), TBA (Teen and Youth)
  • Sunday: TBA (Adult), TBA (Teen and Youth)
  • Monday: free
Though Friday and Monday memberships are free, they are still subject to our membership cap. Also, everyone is required to wear their badge when in convention spaces. For these reasons, we do ask that you check in at the registration desk to confirm that one-day memberships are still available, and to receive a badge.

I have more questions!
If you have any questions about registration for WisCon, feel free to email us at registration@wiscon.net.