StarFest is actually a collection of Festivals. Over the convention's 40+ years, we've combined many special interests to create 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.
We are working on our 2020 special guests. They will be announced here soon!
It’s About Fun! ComicFest is Denver’s annual celebration of local, national and international comics, cartooning and art industry! ComicFest is the longest running Rocky Mountain Region Comics convention.
Guest, Artists, Dealers and Activities will be in the ComicFest Rooms 1, 2, & 3 and the hallway (Primrose, Iris & Larkspur) with additional ComicFest panels in the Blue Bell Panel room.
There will be lots of Cosplay programming at StarFest. If you want to get involved in Cosplay, visit our Cosplay Panels .
If you are wearing a costume and need a place to rest in a No Photo Zone or could use some assistance with simple costume repairs, visit our Cosplay Rest and Repair Room, which will be open throughout the weekend.
For the ultimate thrill, enter the Costume Contest Saturday @ 8pm. Registration starts Friday night @ 5pm at the Information Table in the Atrium.
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.
We know you have an inner Klingon. Join House VamPyr and friends and learn how to bring that Klingon out. We have lots of panels and activities to help. To find out more about House VamPyr, visit House Vampyr. Be sure to see the schedule at https://starfest2020.sched.com/list/descriptions/type/KlingonFest.
RoboCon started as a small gathering of the dedicated builders of B9 Robot Builders Club (B9RBC.com). They came together to show the SciFi fans their Lost in Space Robots and talk about how they were built.
Now they return every year to showcase their current projects and display life-size Robots, from all sorts of movies and TV shows. The display is totally free and the builders are totally willing to talk robots all weekend long.
Join us for a series of talks focusing on astronomy, space exploration, citizen science and space technology! We will be gathering together space scientists, astronomers, cosmologists and science writers for a weekend of info-packed talks! RETURNING FOR 2020 — Ask a Scientist! We’ll have a table where you can talk to the scientists about all things science. This event is a big hit with both the attendees and scientists.
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!
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.
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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. We can be reached at 303.777.6800 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, it was inevitable, something like this always happens at the last minute. For reasons unknown, Scott Grimes got his work schedule for The Orville and has to work on Saturday. Some quick phone calls later and Peter Macon came to the rescue. He is stepping in to replace Scott at StarFest. Maybe next year Scott will be able to get Seth McFarland to replace him, eh?
After taking some time off HorrorFest is back! This year we have revamped our program and are starting the scares on Friday night at StarFest. Our Friday kick-off contains some great programming, including the Denver Premiere of Christopher Mihm's Guns of the Apocolypse. Then we want to invite everyone to come up to our room on the mezzanine for a mixer so you can meet with other fans of the horror genre and talk about the weird and strange. The HorrorFest directors also want to get your feedback and get suggestions for future HorrorFest activities. Help us make HorrorFest what you want it to be.