CapClave 2012 is our area's own science fiction and fantasy convention. It's being held this year in Gaithersburg, MD and will run from October 12-14, 2012. Since we have a book discussion on Sunday, though, we're planning for a daypass for Saturday only.
If you've never tried the con scene, this is a great one to start with. It's small and has a literary focus, so you won't need to worry about huge crowds or cosplay hordes or an unfamiliar city.
From the website:
Capclave is a small relaxed literary convention with a program that usually focuses on the short fiction form. Our Guests of Honor and other notable authors, editors, artists, and fans of the short fiction form will explore the creation and enjoyment of short fantasy and science fiction genre stories.
The Saturday programming looks really great, with author readings (including John Scalzi), panel discussions, and writers' workshops. There's also going to be a mass book signing on Saturday evening.
Parking and wifi will be free. There are many restaurants near the hotel for lunch, and we may go out to dinner afterwards, depending on people's schedules.
Although registration for the daypass isn't yet available on the website, it is expected to cost $40 for the day. For active military and dependents, as well as students, a daypass will be available for $20. If you'd prefer to attend the full weekend, membership is currently $60 ($25 for active military and dependents and students)
Note: Please RSVP from the meetup site and answer the RSVP question requesting your cell #. Please do NOT RSVP from the Meetup App.