What science fiction events are coming up in your area in 2016? No worries if you don’t know yet. Those events can come and go so quickly that you might not hear about them until the week after. However, with some advanced planning, you can hit most of the major events and maybe unload some stuff you don’t want anymore (yeah, right!) by renting a booth. Keep in mind that this is a partial list and you may be able to find local events in your hometown.
What You Might See At These Conventions
This convention will be held on January 15-16, 2016 and feature notable women in science fiction, including author Ellen Kushner and artist Sarah Clemens.
Not to be confused with the one above, this MarsCon will be held March 4-6 with the theme of Parallel Dimensions.
To be held March 11-13, this con will include guests like John Morton (The Empire Strikes Back and Superman II), as well as literary programming and cosplay events.
This one will be held March 25-27 with “more information coming soon,” according to the official website.
Saint Louis Wizard World Comic Con
There’s Wizard World Comic Cons held all over the place and throughout the year, but this one happens on April 1-3 and features artists from many of your favorite cartoons including The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and He-Man.
The next event will be April 29-May 1. Keep your eyes peeled for a guest list and have some fun at the Dr. Who TARDIS Charity Tea party. Discussions and panels include writing, publishing, TV and movies, and science.
This event recently moved to a new venue will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Williamsburg, VA, on April 29-May 1. Special guests include the author duo Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, as well as retired NASA Langley aerospace technician Butch Allen.
ACON 8 ~ Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
To be held May 5, 2016. This is slightly light on the guests, but programs from past years include “Never mind the Buzzaldrins-ish” and “Folklore and Myth in Science Fiction”.
To be held May 26-29. The guests are still to be announced, but expect features from a broad range of science fiction, fantasy, anime, comics and gaming.
Nebula Awards Weekend ~ Chicago Illinois
Typically held the first week of June, this is the big event for lovers of science fiction literature. The date hasn’t been announced yet for 2016, but keep your eyes peeled because this is one you don’t want to miss.
Las Vegas Star Trek Convention
This is going to be the one you don’t want to miss if you’re a Star Trek fan. It’s going to be held in (obviously) Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 3-7 and it’s going to be the huge 50th anniversary blowout for Star Trek, which first aired in 1966.
Starfleet International Conference
This is going to be held in Louisville, Kentucky on August 12-14 2016. Schedule is still To Be Determined, but this is the one event you don’t want to miss if you’re a huge fan of Star Trek and a member of Starfleet International.
MidAmeriCon II: The 74th Worldcon ~ Kansas City, MO
Held August 17-21, this Worldcon will include guests who have made large contributions to science fiction including Kinuko Y Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, Michael Swanwick and Pat Cadigan.
Stargate Official Convention ~ Chicago, IL
This will be held September 23-25, 2016 and will be the last Stargate convention hosted by Creation Entertainment in Chicago. Special guests include Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Joe Flanigan and Alaina Huffman.
This will be another celebration of 50 years of Star Trek with special guests like William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis. It will be held December 9-11.