Main Events & Schedule

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CONtraflow 2022 Programming Schedule with Descriptions
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Opening Ceremonies – Friday, Event One, 5-7pm
Meet your Guests of Honor and others and hear stirring speeches.

Art Show Reception – Friday, Art Show, 6:30-8:30pm
Meet some of our artists while having wine, cheese and snacks in the Art Show.

Bad Beth and Beyond in Concert – Friday 8-9:30pm, Event One
Our musical guest, Beth Patterson, performs as her alternate persona.

B.L.T. Dance, Presented by The Porno Patrol – Friday, Event Two, 9pm-1am
Wear your best BLACK TIE (formal wear), LINGERIE (sleepwear), or TOGA (only) and join the Porno Patrol as they celebrate 40 years of Decadence in Southern Fandom. 18+ years old to attend. ALL IDS WILL BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR. NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED IN THE BLT. Please remember to wear publicly appropriate clothes to and from dance in the hotel hallways and that NUDITY IS NOT A COSTUME. Come dance the night away with The People Your Mother Warned You About.

Charity Auction – Saturday, Event Two, 2-5pm
Bid on cool stuff and support our charity, The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

Costume Contest – Saturday, Event One, 6:30-8pm (run through and pre-judging 5-6pm)
Show off your latest costume creations for fun and (if you win) prizes!

Art Auction – Sunday, Event Two, 2-4pm
Details on how to bid, as well as the art itself, of course, can be found in our Art Show on Friday and Saturday.

Charles Brown Memorial Hawaiian Shirt Contest – Sunday, Event One, 4-5pm
The late editor of Locus Magazine, Charles N. Brown, was known for his penchant for Hawaiian shirts.  Show off your wildest Hawaiian style shirt.  All species welcome!

Closing Ceremonies – Sunday, Event One, 5pm
Awards and results will be announced.  Moving speeches will be made. 

Art Show & Sale

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CONtraflow Art Show

Attention Artists,

Thank you for your interest in the CONtraflow X Art Show and Auction. CONtraflow is a three-day, fan-run, general science fiction convention with a literary focus held annually in the New Orleans metro area. It is dedicated to the genres of science fiction, fantasy, comics, gaming, and anime/manga.

The CONtraflow Art Show features three-dimensional and two-dimensional art in a variety of media within the themes of science fiction, fantasy, comics, gaming, or anime/manga. Our show consists of artwork for viewing or purchase throughout the weekend and an auction on Sunday afternoon. We also provide space for a “Print Shop” to allow for sales of unframed or duplicates of hanging artwork.

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The CONTRAFLOW X 24-Hour Game Room

The CONtraflow X Game Room staff has lined up some excellent game events and workshops for you– our regional gamers. We have everything from hands-on game tutorials for new and classic RPG’s, LARP’s, board and card games, to the super-sized and exciting card, role-playing, board and miniature tournaments you want to play. All the Big Easy gaming fun and the good stuff and all in one of the only large 24-hour game rooms in the Deep South!

To help make this happen, CONtraflow needs YOU! We are again looking for Game Masters who want to run events and tournaments at our convention this year. There is prize support and one of the largest game libraries in the south to help you get started- again, all we need is YOU!

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COStume CONtest

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CONtraflow Costume Contest

Do you have a love and passion for Cosplay? Whether you are visiting us from the distant past, distant future, another planet, or another dimension come showcase your cosplay skills at the 10th annual CONtraflow COStume CONtest!  Please take a moment to read the Rules and Guidelines below.

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Cadet Lounge

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CONtraflow X Cadet Lounge (Kid Central)

CONtraflow strives to provide fun for all ages. There are panels, parties, games, gaming, films, and special events all weekend long-something for every taste and Fandom. However, our convention works hard to provide the next level in everything, so for our younger Fen we offer the galaxy of fun that is the Cadet Lounge.

There are many activities in the CONtraflow Cadet Lounge to keep children active and engaged.  The lounge is a place for having fun and being creative without competition or judgement.  There will be all sorts of crafting, puzzle activities, drawing and coloring, card, and other kid friendly games such as Minion Trouble and Dominoes.  Our Cadets will be able to fill and decorate their own goody bag to take home.  All children under the age of 18 years old are welcome.  All preschoolers must have a guardian with them.  A child must accompany adults.  One adult per child can stay in the cadet lounge if the child needs person-to-person attention; otherwise, it will be expected and encouraged that the guardians attend the other activities CONtraflow has to offer.  Keep in mind- while children will be able to come in and out of the cadet lounge freely even when a guardian drops them off, children will be encouraged to stay in the room and not wander around.

For more information, drop us an email care of Cadet Lounge at  


CONtraflow X Cadet Lounge Hours

Friday 12:00 pm – until all children in the cadet lounge have left with their guardian; not later than 8:00 pm. 

Saturday 9:00 am – until all children in the cadet lounge have left with their guardian; not later than 8:00 pm. 

Sunday 9:00 am – until all children in the cadet lounge have left with their guardian; not later than 5:00 pm