The 79th World Science Fiction Convention - WorldCon - is moving date and venue. Previously slated for 25-29 August this year, the convention has confirmed a move to 15-19 December, still in Washington, DC. This will mark the first time a WorldCon has taken place in December.
The plan is to have a full, in-person convention, on the basis that the USA's accelerating vaccination programme should allow such events to take place with minimal or no restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel from countries where the pandemic is also getting under control, such as the UK, should also be possible from that point.
As well as the convention itself, the annual Hugo Awards will be held at the event as well. The actual venue has changed, however, from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel to the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
The following WorldCon is scheduled for 1-5 September 2022 in Chicago.