It has been an amazing fifty years since American Atheists started. We went back to where it all began for our 50th anniversary bash! This convention was a blowout with three full days of speakers and events with all day plenary talks!
We celebrated at the Hyatt Regency Austin (208 Barton Springs Road), just stumbling distance from downtown Austin. The convention hotel was also right next to the famous Bat Bridge!
The 2013 National Convention hosted more than 900 fellow atheists, plus vendors, speakers, comedians, entertainers, an art show and silent auction, and much more! There was a fundraising dinner on Thursday night in the hotel restaurant overlooking the Bat Bridge, so we had the opportunity to watch the bats leave for their nightly hunting and then enjoyed a great dinner to help raise money for American Atheists to initiate lawsuits and continue activism.
Schedule of Events and Speakers
American Atheists was proud to present featured speeches from professor & philosopher AC Grayling, Congressman Pete Stark, musician Jay Jay French, and a concert by Quiet Company
To view the full schedule for the 2013 American Atheists National Convention, please click here.
A complete listing of convention speakers and entertainers is also available.
The room blocks at both the Hyatt Regency Austin (the location of the conference) and the Wyndham both sold out.
A free shuttle ran during the conference between the conference site (The Hyatt Regency) and the overflow hotel (The Wyndham Austin).
Camp Quest Texas held a "Mini Camp Quest" in conjunction with American Atheists National Convention. Children and teens ages 8-16 were eligible to attend this event. Teens ages 13-16 could help as "counselors-in-training" (CITs). The registration fee was $75 for the entire weekend, or you could register and pay for each day separately ($30 per day).