Exhibit Halls

The exhibit halls on the lower level of the Marriott Wardman Park will be home to some of the best loved parts of a Worldcon. Join us there!


The Displays areas at DisCon III will feature exhibits about the work of our Guests of Honor, about the Hugo Awards presented each year at Worldcon, and about fandom around the world. There will be presentations of academic posters, and memories of the first two Worldcons to bear the DisCon name. And, at a Worldcon based in the US capital, you can expect to see some displays with a distinctively American flavor, celebrating the history, culture and scientific achievements around Washington, DC. We hope to inform, entertain and surprise. What we want you to do is to enjoy.

If you have a suggestion for inclusion in our displays – objects of fannish interest, activities, interactive demonstrations, or if you can lend something for display, please contact us at exhibits@discon3.org . We’d love to hear from you. Details of the academic poster competition will be published in early 2021.

Art Show

The DisCon III Art Show will feature some of the very best of SFF-related art, including drawings, paintings, sculpture and jewelry, with many of the pieces available for sale over the convention weekend. An evening art reception will give you an opportunity to meet the artists, and to celebrate their work with the presentation of ASFA’s Chesley Awards.

If you would like to exhibit or sell your art in the Art Show, you will be able to reserve space soon – look for our form later in 2020. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can contact us at artshow@discon3.org .


The Dealers Room at a Worldcon is always a firm favorite, including books, clothing and accessories, comics, crafts and games. The room will feature local, national and international dealers selling souvenirs and gifts of all kinds.

Because of the many issues around COVID-19 and the pandemic issues, we have not yet been able to settle some decorator details about the Dealers Room. Once those points are finalized, we will begin accepting applications. In the meantime, we apologize for the delay and any inconvenience that it is causing.
That said, there are things we CAN tell you. DisCon III is planning to be a physical, in-person experience, and that includes the Dealers Room. We expect to publish our FAQ and an application form on or around October 23, 2020. It is possible that this date may slip, but if it does, we will update this announcement with a new date. Please email dealers@discon3.org with any questions you may have. Thank you for your patience as we resolve the details necessary to let you know as much as possible when we open applications.

Fan Tables

If you represent another convention, bid or fandom-related event or organisation, and you would like to promote it at DisCon III, we would love to have you among our fan tables. Reservations will open in late 2020.

Crafting and chaos costuming

Looking for somewhere to knit? Need to make an emergency repair to a costume? DisCon III’s Craft Corner is there for you!

Can you help?

We have openings in many of the areas above. If you would like to help in the DisCon III Exhibit Halls, find out more about volunteering, or get in touch with us at exhibits@discon3.org .