Alternate and Historical Fiction

From travel and time, to spies and pirates, to all things past and neverwas

The Alternate and Historical Fiction Track is the destination for all things bygone and never was. It covers everything from fan discussions of period films and tv, speakers on overlooked history and society milestones, to even demos of period costuming techniques.
There is fun for all who fancy festive frolics through factual and fictional former times. The flux capacitor is set to give a peek into the past and future: fan panels on shows like Our Flag Means Death and The Gilded Age; maker panels on recreating vintage hair, makeup, and fashion; historical dives into spiritualism, powerful women, sea shanties, and even the cults of our beloved Dragon Con itself!

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Spoiler Alert
This year, we have a lot of panels, games, contests, and events in the works. Keep your eyes on our social media for announcements and details but here are a few things you can look forward to:
Our last Hamiltunes Singalong
A make and take panel where you create your own Teapot Racer & the Splendid Teapot Race
The Return of the Tea Duel
Panels on Outlander, the Gilded Age, Our Flag Means Death, and Vikings: Valhalla
Period costuming, makeup, and budget-friendly outfits
How to make old-fashioned sodas, deep dives into the history of women, spies, and spiritualism panels
The return of our Charity programming: the Timely Escape room
This year, the Temporal Ball is back– prefaced by the ever-popular ballroom dance class!

We’ll have events across hotels and the good ol’ interwebs will take us through the ages with both in-person programming and virtual events to enjoy both at the con AND before. More details on pre-con online happenings can be found across our social media channels.

Our schedule for 2022 in person programming has been confirmed! For further information, such as locations and descriptions, please refer to the Dragon Con app.


  • 7 PM – Dragon Con History 101: An Introduction to the Dragon Con Cults
  • 8:30 PM – Geeky Sea Shanties
  • 8:30 PM – The Clash of the Temperance Movement with Booze Running: Prohibition in the South


  • 10 AM – Kicking off 2022 with the Alternate & Historical Fiction Track
  • 10 AM – A Timely Escape: AHFT and DC Charity Escape Room Event
  • 11:30 AM – Victorian & Edwardian Clothing & Accessories
  • 11:30 AM – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: A Fan Discussion of Season 4 *Spoiler Warning*
  • 1 PM – Learning History From Period Dramas
  • 1 PM – Historical Fiction Mad Libs: Dragon Awards Edition
  • 2:30 PM – Cozy Mysteries: Bed & Breakfast Style
  • 2:30 PM – A Gentleman’s Accessories
  • 4 PM – The Gilded Age Fan Panel: Classism in the American Victorian Era
  • 4 PM – A Fan Discussion of Our Flag Means Death
  • 5:30 PM – Herstorically Speaking: Women Who Kill
  • 7 PM – Vikings: Valhalla Fan Panel: Fact vs. Fiction (Leif Ericsson had a SISTER?!)
  • 8:30 PM – Temporal Jeopardy
  • 8:30 PM – 20th Anniversary of Chicago: Singalong
  • 10 PM – HBOMax’s Minx: An Intimate Historical Fiction Deep Dive into the Sexual Revolution & Feminism
  • 10 PM – Theater on The High Seas: Pirate Improv


  • 10 AM – Princess Diana on the Big and Small Screen: From “The Crown” to “Spencer”
  • 11:30 AM – Film Noir: A Discussion on its Building Blocks and Style
  • 11:30 AM – Introduction to Splendid Teapot Racing
  • 1 PM – Make & Take: Create Your Own Teapot Racer
  • 2:30 PM – Acts of Kindness Treasure Hunt
  • 4 PM – A Historical Dive into Fashion: Where in the World Are Our Pockets
  • 4 PM – Bombshell Makeup with Risky Sour (Bring Your Own Makeup)
  • 5:30 PM – Herstorically Speaking: Invisible Women
  • 5:30 PM – Make & Take: Captain Said Make Flag Sewing Circle
  • 5:30 PM – Hamiltunes: The American Singalong at Dragon Con
  • 7 PM – A Chat With The Spies Among Us
  • 7 PM – Facts Behind the Fizz
  • 8:30 PM – International Death Customs
  • 8:30 PM – Gentleman Jack: A Fan Discussion of Season 2 *Spoiler Warning*
  • 10 PM – Sea Shanty Singalong With the Nocturnal Pirates of Atlanta
  • 10 PM – Songs, Voices, & Work: A Motherland: Fort Salem Fan Panel
  • 10 PM – Through the Stones: The Outlander Series Fan Panel *Spoiler Warning*


  • 10 AM – A Discussion of Outlander the Novels
  • 10 AM – The Splendid Teapot Race
  • 11:30 AM – The Viscount Who Loved Me: A Bridgerton Fan Panel *Spoiler Warning*
  • 11:30 AM – Cosplay Makeup with artemistyck (BYO Makeup)
  • 11:30 AM – The Hexavalent Annual Tea Dueling
  • 1 PM – Spies & the History They Affected
  • 2:30 PM – Gender-Neutral Neckwear: The History & How-Tos
  • 2:30 PM – A Master Class in Developing Alternate History Stories
  • 4 PM – Herstorically Speaking: Women Who Beat The Status Quo
  • 4 PM – Weird Wild Coincidences
  • 5:30 PM – Scandalous: Historical Gossip
  • 5:30 PM – From Mrs. Maisel to Our Flag Means Death: The Recent Rise of Historical Comedies
  • 8:30 PM – Victorian Spiritualism: The Movement’s Role in Society & Grief
  • 8:30 PM – Temporal Ball Formal Dance Lessons
  • 10 PM – The Temporal Ball: Art Decadence


  • 10 AM – Virtual Panel Replay: Early Summer Reading List
  • 11:30 AM – Virtual Panel Replay: Makeup with Risky Sour
  • 1 PM – Virtual Panel Replay: Fact or Fiction
  • 2:30 PM – Virtual Panel Replay: Early Summer Reading List
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