Octocon 2023

The National Irish Science Fiction Convention

The Gibson Hotel & Online, 7-8 October 2023

Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; from science fiction, fantasy, horror and beyond; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence.

Our Full Programme Schedule is Now Available!

Octocon is going hybrid again, with the programme streamed from Dublin as well as online-only.

Octocon 2023 Programme banner
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Octocon is Heading to The Gibson Hotel and Online

On October 7th and 8th, we’ll be heading to The Gibson Hotel, located beside the 3 Arena in Dublin 1, with ‘The Point’ Luas stop right outside its front door. At the same time, we’re also headed Online, with items streamed from The Gibson as well as online-only.

About the venue and how to get there

The Gibson Hotel
Our Map of the venue by Jog Brogzin

Our Venue Map

Our mapmaker Guest, Jog Brogzin, has designed a full colour map of the venue.

Click image to enlarge and find your way around Octocon 2023.

Octo Programme

Opening Hours

Saturday, October 7th

  • Registration Desk opens at 9:00
  • Opening Ceremony at 10:00
  • Panels start at 10:30
  • Trade Hall: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday Night Social: running till late

Sunday, October 8th

  • Registration Desk opens at 9:00
  • Panels start at 10:30
  • Trade Hall: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Closing Ceremony: 19:00 – 19:30

Sign up now for Octocon 2023

Weekend Memberships

  • Adult (22+) – €60
  • Young Adult (13-21) – €20
  • Children (under 13) – FREE
    (Must be accompanied by an adult member)
  • Friend of the Convention – €100
  • Concession – €40
  • Virtual and Supporting – €20
  • Buy four memberships, get the fifth one free!

Day Memberships (Saturday or Sunday)

  • Adult (22+) – €35
  • Young Adult (13-21) – €10
  • Children (under 13) – FREE
    (Must be accompanied by an adult member)
  • Concession – €25

You can check your membership or choose to upgrade it through our membership portal.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Find out more about our membership levels

Octo with programme book and badge

Volunteers are the backbone of conventions

Octo with tape measure and toolbox

We are looking for volunteers for both on-site and virtual operations. If you’d like to get involved:

Octo with crochet and books

We’re currently recruiting for some new members of the team to help us make Octocon 2024 as amazing as it can be.