Break out your shoulder pads, bridesmaids dresses, and mix tapes for an 80s and 90s themed evening of trivia, drag, music, karaoke, and themed drinks.

That’s right, RidgeCon — the Ridgefield Library’s annual celebration of pop culture and fandom — turns five next month with a two-day event that features everything from scary stories in the dark to a Pokemon tournament to a sing-along tea party.

While the Saturday activities are more focused on families with kids, the annual RidgeCon After Dark is an adults-only celebration that will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9.

RidgeCon After Dark made its debut in 2016. This year, the event will be 1980s and 1990s themed featuring a special performance from emcee Summer Orlando.

“We’re going to have 80s and 90s trivia, karaoke, and a costume contest,” said Kristina Lareau, head of children’s services.

There will also be a photobooth, games, and themed cocktails.

There will also be fandom snacks, like Gushers and Pop-Tarts.

“We’re so excited about it” Lareau said.

Last year’s After Dark was Megagame-themed and sprawled across the library.

“We definitely wanted to centralize it some more this year,” said John Casiello, the library’s adult collection specialist. . “We’ve done trivia before and had the whole team dynamic and really like it so we decided to keep that idea and build off it. We added karaoke and a drag performance from Summer Orlando.”

The inspiration behind turning the trivia and karaoke 80s and 90s?

“The 80s is always a big draw and with Stranger Things just coming out we knew we would have some passionate fans of the show interested in doing trivia,” Casiello said. “We broadened it a bit to add the 90s because there is a lot of stuff in that decade that’s coming back now, too. There’s Toy Story and Lion King and The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. A lot is coming out for people who grew up as children of the 90s and that seemed very fitting for an event that’s 21 and up.”

After Dark has a capacity of about 50 people and registrations can be made online at

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate two decades,” Lareau said. “We know they each have pretty passionate fandoms.”

To buy tickets, click here.

For more information, call 203-438-2282 or visit

Here’s what the event promises to offer:

80s & 90s Trivia emceed by Summer Orlando

Drag performance by Summer

Prizes for best dressed

Door Prizes

Best trivia team name

Karaoke & Music


Themed cocktails and snacks

Note: Trivia teams will be a max of 6 players; smaller groups or individuals may need to combine with other groups.

All attendees must be 21 or older. Registration required. $25 per person.