FAQ

The MerMagic Con Mingling Group on Facebook is a great place to meet other attendees, ask questions, plan carpools, find hotel roommates, and plan your trip!

Additionally you should follow MerMagic Con on Facebook and Instagram for exciting updates and program announcements. 

Do you want to be a vendor, a speaker, or a sponsor? Visit our Get Involved page to submit an application to be part of the magic. 

MerMagic Con is held annually in Northern Virginia. Visit the Venues Page for location details. 

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the closest airport to the convention, approximately 15 miles from the hotel. 

Reagan/National Airport in Washington D.C. is the second closest, but is an hour drive from the convention. However one can take the metro from the airport to the Reston stop on the silver line, putting them within 20 miles of the convention. 

Finally, Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is listed as a Washington D.C. airport but as this airport is on the Maryland side near Baltimore it is a two hour drive to the convention. 

YES! There is a free airport shuttle running every half hour from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to our host hotel, The Dulles Airport Marriott. Book your room today.

Designed with Parents and Merwranglers in mind!
This Observer Pass allows for admission to the vendor hall, main stage programming, and pool deck but does NOT allow the observer to other attend classes, panels, specialty programs, or swim in the pool.

However, as we want to encourage safety practices: Any observer-pass chaperone of a participant-pass child may accompany that child to their classes and in the pool. And any observer-pass holder may attend all of the MerWrangling classes.

Most classes and activities at the convention do not require any pre-registration to attend with your convention participant pass. These classes are marked in Green on the Schedule. 

However, due to limited class sizes and/or safety standards, some classes require pre-registration or even an additional ticket.  Classes marked in Yellow are included in the participant pass but you need to pre-register by “purchasing” the free ticket from the ticket portal. Classes marked in red require an additional “Specialty Class” ticket to be purchased. 

You MUST have a participant pass to attend classes. 

Every year MerMagic Con invites notable photographers from around the country to offer photoshoots above and below the surface. 

In order to allow everyone an equal opportunity to book with these artists, photoshoot bookings from all photographers are made available simultaneously, with the date and time advertised in advance on our social media. Details on the packages offered and instructions on how to book are available on the Photography page. 

As these artists are each independent vendors, all booking and any agreements on pricing and delivery of images you make with the photographer are exclusively between you and the photographer.

MerMagic Con can not overrule or alter these agreements. 

Yes! You can resell your tickets at any time to other attendees.

In order to have your tickets transferred email the convention at MerMagicCon@gmail.com, using the email you purchased the tickets with. Please include your original purchase confirmation, as well as the recipient’s information. Copy the recipient on the email and we will transfer passes as instructed and send you a confirmation. 

In the event that you purchased tickets for 2021 and could not attend, you will receive corresponding tickets for 2022 regardless of any price increases for the new year. 

In the event that you do not wish to attend the 2022 convention when the dates are announced, you will be issued a full refund for any 2021 tickets, no questions asked. 

MerMagic Con LLP cannot make any refunds for tickets purchased after the 2021 Convention.

MerMagic has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment or disruptive behavior of any kind at the convention. I have read the Anti-Harassment Policy and agree to abide by this.

Yes! Absolutely all attendees must have a ticket in order to attend. Our Guppy tickets are free to those 3yrs old and under. Merling tickets are for children ages 4-12. All attendees over 12years old must have an Observer or Participant pass.

No! Anyone 21 and up can attend the gala by purchasing at ticket to the gala regardless of whether or not they choose to attend the daytime convention.