What is the StarFest Science Fiction Entertainment Convention? Since 1977, StarFest has been Denver’s homegrown celebration of multi-media science fiction entertainment. StarFest is a combination of several unique conventions rolled into one big event that takes place over three days. StarFest is more than a Comic Con. StarFest won’t just occupy your attention for a couple of hours – it’s an entire weekend of Science Fiction Entertainment overload.
What is StarFest?
What is the StarFest Science Fiction Entertainment Convention? Since 1977, StarFest has been Denver’s homegrown celebration of multi-media science fiction entertainment. StarFest is a combination of several unique conventions rolled into one big event that takes place over three days. StarFest is more than a Comic Con. StarFest won’t just occupy your attention for a couple of hours – it’s an entire weekend of Science Fiction Entertainment overload. This is where you can meet friends-old and new, see great costumes, browse through thousands of collectible items, attend and participate in live performances & panels and – most importantly – talk face-to-face with Actors, Directors, Producers, Writers, Illustrators, Scientists, Special Effects Artists – people just like you! Everything talks place at the Marriott Denver Tech Center Convention Complex and includes: Studio Presentations, Onstage Q&A Sessions (with actors producers & directors), Autograph and Photo Sessions, Costume and Talent Contests (if you can sing, play or do something entertaining – bring it to StarFest!), Film Festivals, Model and Art Shows, Collectible Vendors room, Educational Seminars, Discussion Panels, The Federation Ball, Kids Events, Fan Club presentations. At StarFest you can learn to fight like a Klingon or Jedi, Play table-top games with Game Designers, Speak to and learn from actual Astrophysicists about where we live, what’s out there and what is happening now in space. There is an entire section of the convention devoted to Comics. Here you can meet Comic Artists, Designers and Creators and even add to your own Comic Collection at the Comic Marketplace. Learn from stunt coordinators, writers, producers and directors. Speak with popular Authors about writing stories that will sell in today’s market. Enter the Costume Contest or just enjoy the CosPlayers who will dazzle you with their detailed creations. There are hundreds of activities that make up a StarFest Weekend. The only thing missing is you!
These events require an additional ticket for entry at the show, in addition to your convention membership.
Come meet our guests face to face and to get to know them a bit at the start of the convention. You’ll enjoy desserts, coffee and nonalcoholic beverages while you have the opportunity to chat in a relaxed atmosphere. Door prizes and fun guaranteed. This is a causal get together for both the actors and convention attendees. No autograph or photographs. All the guests are invited to attend, but their presence is not guaranteed. Tickets to the Meet & Greet are $50.00 each. You must have a convention membership that includes Friday to come to the Meet & Greet.
Come join us for THE event of the weekend and bring your dancing shoes!!! The Federation Ball starts at 9 pm and runs until Midnight. It’s not limited to just the Federation; all species are welcome (including the occasional Celebrity)! We’ll have door prizes (must be present to win), a dance contest-the audience gets to help with the judging- and tons of great songs, so you can dance the night away (almost). It’s a family friendly event, and kids are welcome.
Cost is only 4.00 per person (under 6 is free) and ALL proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, Dumb Friend’s League Furry Scurry and OMEGAResponders. Music is provided by ACES and the Ball is presented by the USS Pioneer and O.M.E.G.A. And don’t forget to purchase your special 2018 StarFest poker chip at this event (again, all proceeds go to charity) for only $5.00 each.
Looking for some action Friday night? Join the USS Pioneer for a free, no-limit Texas-Hold-‘Em Tournament! The game starts at 9:00 pm, with set-up starting at 8:30 pm in the Atrium. Players must be at least 18 years of age to play. Sheets listing the chip values and hand ranks will be available to keep it easy. You’ll have fun even if you haven’t played much! Registration begins at 5:00 pm at the USS Pioneer check-in table near Main Registration and goes until 8:30 pm. We’ll also be selling the StarFest commemorative poker chips for charity, benefiting the Dumb Friends League and American Diabetes Association.
StarFest is actually a collection of Festivals. Over the convention's 30+ years, we've combined many special interests into one big media event. We wanted to make sure that the unique fandoms that we were combining were still being served individually. We felt that the best way to do that would be to have programming, and in many cases, entire rooms dedicated to each of those singlular interests. It is the individual Fest events at StarFest that make our convention so unique and fun.
The StarFest Art Show is an incredible must-visit attraction every year. Items typically displayed include paintings, prints, illustrations, pottery, and sculpture. Artists, for a small hanging fee, are able to display their art creations for prizes, recognition and for sale. Display space is allotted on a first-come basis and is charged by the amount of space your art takes.All monies collected are paid to the artists at the show’s conclusion – no waiting for your money!
The Tales From Avistrum Show Series is an interactive entertainment experience set in the fictional world created by J.K Rowling. Fun for the entire family, all ages are welcome. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All events and classes presented by Avistrum Academy are free of charge at StarFest. Produced by Mischief Managed Entertainment. Find us on facebook.
ComicFest moves back home in 2018. All the ComicFest events will be located in the Marriott DTC this year, with most of the action taking place in the Primrose, Larkspur and Iris conference rooms. Additional programming will be held in the Aspen Theater and throughout the convention complex. There will no longer be any separate memberships to ComicFest and it will be included in all StarFest membership options.
The greatest adventures in gaming all start in a tavern with unlikely characters! Come to Petrie's Gaming ``tavern`` located on the mezzanine! Grab your ``brew`` (we have free water and cups!) and band together with strangers who will soon become your companions and life long friends for daring adventures! Will you face dragons in a role playing game? Conquer the dice rolls to become masters of the board games? Or will you betray the others to collect all the cards? Stop by to see what games are being rolled out all weekend or start one of your own.
Do you build models? If so, bring it by the Model Show and share your work with the world! Our show includes science fiction, science fact, fantasy, and horror subjects. Are you amazed by detailed artwork in miniature? Come on by and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award! Do you want to improve your skills? Our friendly staff of qualified volunteers will be happy to talk to you about your work.
Join us for a series of talks focusing on astronomy, space exploration, citizen science and space technology! We’ve gathered together space scientists, astronomers, a cosmologist and a science writer for eight info-packed talks! NEW THIS YEAR — Ask a Scientist! We’ll have a table where you can talk to the scientists about all things science.
This is really the general category for everything that happens at StarFest that can’t be put in a box. It’s all about contests, activities, programming and events that are of general interest and fun!
Info on getting there, eating and sleeping during the weekend.
Getting to StarFest
StarFest is located in the Denver Tech Center right off of I-25 at Belleview Blvd. There is a light-rail station located on the West side of I-25 with a bridge that will get you right to the convention. Parking is available for a fee at the Marriott, however, that lot fills up quickly. There is a large parking lot facing the Marriott to the East that has attendants that will sell you a parking space with in-and-out privileges.
Sleeping At StarFest
The Denver Marriott DTC is the official convention hotel for StarFest. Since activities are scheduled pretty-much around the clock, you'll appreciate having a place at the convention where you can occasionally take a nap. It also helps to have a place to store all the stuff you'll accumulate and not have to lug around with you. We've negotiated special room rates at the hotel to save you money.
There are lots of dining options at the Marriott, but within walking distance there are plenty of places to get something to eat. A half-block away is a Wendys and on the South side of Belleview you'll find Chipotle, Noodles and Company and The Original Pancake House.
The convention is very handicap accessible. If you have any special needs requiring special consideration, please contact us so we can help. We provide ASL interpreters for the deaf. Please contact us well in advance of the event so we can schedule them for you.
There are lots of ticket options for StarFest. We want you to be well informed about your tickets choices. If you can't find the information you are looking for here, don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.
There are a lot of people that come together to make StarFest as great as it is. The companies and individuals deserve our gratitude and thanks for helping to make StarFest what it is. Please patronize their businesses - they deserve it!