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.
The Federation Ball is held in the Atrium. The Ball starts at 9 pm on Saturday, so be ready! It doesn’t matter if you’re in costume or not, it’s always fun. Every member of the Federation needs to have a place to party!! Come join Feddies, Klingons, Vulcans and more (including the occasional celebrity) at the Ball! Door prizes awarded; must be present to win! Enter the dance contest for a chance to win some cool prizes. The audience gets to help with the judging! Cost is only $4.00 per person. Music is provided by professional DJ company ACES, and the Ball is sponsored by the USS Pioneer and O.m.e.g.a. ALL proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association, Dumb Friend’s League Furry Scurry and OMEGAResponders! Tickets to the Federation Ball are sold at the event. Cash Only.
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.
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!