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Arisia 2025 will be at the Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge, January 17-20, 2025.

This website is in the process of migrating from Arisia 2024 to Arisia 2025.

First Time Arisia Attendees Guide

Think of Arisia as a party for several thousand of your closest friends, some of whom you haven't yet met.

Things to do before the convention:

Things to bring:

  • Snacks for the hotel room
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Dancing shoes, if you want to dance
  • Phone charger and cable (put your name on the charger, in case you forget it)
  • Costumes, if you want to dress up
  • Any medicine or medical equipment you need
  • Cash for tips (bellman and house keeping)
    (Don't forget to tip both the bellman who unloads your car and the bellman who brings your bags to your room.
  • Tooth paste, tooth brush, and a cap to keep the bristle clean
  • Ear plugs and eye shades (and binder clips for the curtains)
  • N95 (or equivalent) masks
  • COVID tests (test prior to, during, and after Arisia)

Things to do at con:

Help make Arisia even more awesome!

Volunteering is a good way to meet folks and learn about how the convention works.If you volunteer for at least 8 hours you can get a Volunteer T-shirt. If you volunteer for at 12 hours during the convention you can also get a membership to next year's convention. Hours during load-in and load-out are doubled. If you spend at least six hours helping with load-in and setup, you can get a free membership to the convention.

Volunteer as much or as little as you like at Team Arisia HQ

Staying healthy

Everyone eligible should get a flu shot. In order for it to be effective, you need to get it at least three weeks before con (for Arisia 2025, that's December 27, 2024, in case you were wondering).

Please make sure you're up-to-date with your COVID shots and booster(s).

Follow the "5-2-1 rule". In each 24 hours, get at least five hours of real sleep (not just napping with your head on a gaming table), eat two real meals, and take one shower or bath.