About Us

Who we are and why it matters.

Overview

Event Planning Team

Our Vision

In 2021, our founders in Austin’s furry community noted that there didn’t seem to be a physical space where PoC and LGBTQA+ folks could gather–so it seemed high time to make one!

We screen our venues and attendees to create a safe, welcoming, gender-inclusive environment. We’re always on the hunt for interesting venues, and we take notes from attendee feedback to build on and improve each event.

Why do I need to sign in with Telegram?

For security and records, we ask that all guests RSVP so we know who is in attendance. We use Telegram as an authentication mechanism as Telegram is very secure and much of the Austin furry community is active there.

Requiring that you sign into the website through Telegram to view events and RSVP allows us to screen attendees once and have a record to keep track of. The Telegram API updates profile picture, username, and User ID changes.¬† This prevents spoofed accounts, allows us to secure RSVP’s and access to events, lets us secure the site with fine grain security controls, and lets us securely automate parts of our RSVP process.

For Venues

Hi! If you’re a venue and you’re here, we’ve probably contacted you about reserving a space or otherwise visiting your venue.

We’re furryATX, a group of creative minds: artists, cosplayers, musicians, gamers and more! Some of us have¬†hand-made costumes, and we’re looking for fun ways to express ourselves and put a smile on faces we meet! Many of us are PoC or members of the LGBTQA+ community looking to hang out at places where we feel safe.

We do our best to keep up with our mess and leave your venue tidy: We’d like to be your best guests and a positive experience to work with! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the organizer who contacted you via phone or email.

For Parents

We aim to create family-friendly spaces. We request that parents attend with their children under 18 years of age at events. This applies to all events, including those that require an admission fee. Our events are held in public, public-accessible, and private venues. We screen venues and attendees and do our best to ensure a safe environment for all attendees. However, we cannot be solely responsible for unaccompanied minors in any capacity.

We kindly ask that our of-age attendees limit their consumption at any venues that may provide alcohol out of respect for our younger attendees.

How did Gracklecon start?

Gracklecon was an accident! Our founding member was really bored one Sunday and asked if any of her new friends wanted to have an impromptu-meet up at Cidercade. Seven people gathered for a fun-packed day, and expressed interest in doing it again.

The second meet-up was set for Emerald Tavern the next Friday. Fifteen people expressed interest in showing up, then twenty, then thirty… Emerald Tavern ended up hosting a total of forty-two guests.

It was time to create an event planning group to help keep up with guest numbers and effectively implement a safe atmosphere. With a team of volunteers and intrepid spirit, Grackle Con was born.

Why "Grackle"-Con?

Our events can be compared pretty well to the habits of these iconic birds of Austin. We eye new venues that hold the promise of cheese fries, fun, and fizzy drinks. We gather in a large swarm and consume all snacks within visible radius. We mingle, jingle, squeak, and sometimes howl, and then we’re gone as quickly as we came, flapping to the next adventure.

Furs of a feather stick together. Keep Austin weird, Grackles.

Why Grackle-"Con"?

We are not a yearly convention, we’re simply event organizers. Many folks added the -“con” suffix themselves to our meets, and it stuck!

Our goal is to put on events where everyone feels comfortable and safe–Event size doesn’t matter to us as long as we are able to apply that vision. If we can swing it big one day, maybe we’ll be a real con in the future.

Gracklecon is a volunteer effort

If you would like to donate in order to ensure a smooth event experience, please follow the donation button here. Gracklecon cannot happen without donations. We thank you for your continued support as we grow!