Where does TempleCon take place?
In Warwick, Rhode Island, just a few miles down the road from Providence, Rhode Island. Specifically, in the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick Hotel. For more info about these two cities and the hotel, check out the various articles in the "Location" section.
Whoa. Why did you go with such a nice hotel?
Because when we started TempleCon, holding the event in a top-of-the-line venue was something we set our sights on doing. The founders of TempleCon have many years of experience in convention staffing, event organizing, and vending, and we have plenty of horror stories that come from events run at terrible, low-budget venues or gaping and drafty event centers.
We also wanted to throw this party in someplace that would actually be a memorable part of the experience, rather than just a roof, scary wallpaper, and some tables and chairs. We figure that if you are going to bother to travel out to a convention, the venue and the surrounding area are part of the experience.
Besides TempleCon, what's there to do in the Providence-Warwick area?
Quite a lot. Warwick is a historical town just 8 miles away from Providence, and despite Providence being the capitol of a tiny state that many ignorant people think is an actual island floating out in the middle of the Atlantic somewhere, Providence is also an arts and entertainment hub in New England. If you are not from the area, you're probably in for quite a surprise.
Great nightclubs, bars, restaurants, galleries, theaters, museums, and more are all accessible. There's also the super-massive Providence Place Mall and IMAX Theater that you could probably get lost in, right in the middle of downtown Providence. Trust us, if you manage to pull yourself away from what's going on at TempleCon for an hour or two, you will not be bored.
And, as any TempleCon veteran can tell you, you need to hit Providence's famous Trinity Brewhouse during your visit.
Is there some sort of bar or lounge in the hotel?
Indeed! Not just one, but two! Remington's Restaurant specializes in fine American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Alfred's Cafe has classic library decor with internet service, overstuffed sofas, and a fireplace, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, and an extraordinary wine list with over 100 wine selections available by the bottle and 24 wine selections available by the glass. There is also a bar set up during the evening shows in the Rotunda, so you can get your drink on without missing a moment of the show.
We've also arranged for lots of food concessions to be available directly in the convention's main registration area, as well as at a kiosk outside the main elevators, timed to be available during breaks between major events. We don't screw around.
Sounds great. I'm ready to book a room at the Crowne Plaza. How do I do that?
Check our Hotel Rooms Page. As I'm sure you'll hear us stress again, do not hesitate when booking your room. The TempleCon block has a habit of being sold out QUICKLY, so please get those reservations in if you would like the main hotel experience! Book early!
Hey, didn't TempleCon previously run in February? Why the move to late August?
We figured a decade was long enough to brave the weather of New England in the winter. Add to that conflicts with the Superbowl, other event proximity, and feedback from attendees having a rough time at other winter events in the region, and we felt that the time was right to have our day in the sun. For more info, check out this section right here!
Could I throw a party at TempleCon?
Of course, as long as you keep it somewhat sane and don't damage property or people. We'll even help you get the word out via our bulletin board of debauchery.
If you manage to figure out all the details beforehand and let us know, we'll even post the information and an announcement on the website. That way you'll be assured that tons of people will show up and drink all of your beer.
What about parking?
Parking at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick Hotel is free. The lot has recently been expanded as of 2015, presumably because we've just been bringing too many people to their awesome hotel for TempleCon. If the lot fills up, as it sometimes does, there is a number of nearby options in walking distance, and free shuttle service from other nearby hotels to the Crowne Plaza.
I'm planning on flying in. What do I do?
We have a section just for information on that too.