StarFest


Tapping590wMay 02-04, 2014 – Denver Tech Center – Denver Colorado

StarFest Denver is a combination of several entertainment conventions rolled into one big event that takes place over three days. Started in 1977, it attracts thousands of people who are fans of popular culture for a weekend of social interaction, fun and games. Activities take place at three adjacent convention hotels and include: Studio Presentations, Onstage Q&A Sessions (with actors, producers & directors), Autograph and Photo Sessions, Costume and Talent Contests, Film Festivals, Model and Art shows, Collectible Marketplaces, Educational Seminars, Discussion Panels, Musical Performances, Dancing, Kids Events, Fan Club Presentations, and tons of assorted Klingons, Jedi and other creatures thrown together.

StarFest Denver started as a local science fiction convention and has grown into a regional celebration of media entertainment. It now encompasses several “Fest” conventions that take place under the umbrella of the StarFest Denver Entertainment Convention. They include: HorrorFest, ComicFest, DigiFest, RoboFest, MediaFest and GameFest. Your membership to StarFest Denver gives you admission to all the Fests

HorrorFest is devoted to all things, well, horror. HorrorFest has its own multi-track programming, guests, performances, panels, and film festival. Most (if not all) the HorrorFest events and activities take place at the Marriott DTC and are included in your StarFest membership.

ComicFest is Denver’s longest running (and best) comic book convention. It has artists, authors, panels, activities, collectibles, and yes – comics. ComicFest activities take place at the Denver Hilton Garden Inn DTC hotel, right next door to the Marriott DTC and all regular events and activities are included in your StarFest Denver membership. Comic fans also have the option of purchasing low-priced “ComicFest Only” memberships that include all the activites taking place at the Hyatt.

DigiFest is our newest Fest which is devoted entriely to Digital Arts. DigiFest was created to educate, inspire and entertain attendees about the computerized world of digital entertainment. It provides an opportunity for innovation and interaction between the people producing entertainment in digital media and fans of the music, games, video, live-shows, and various venues in which it is deployed. All regularly scheduled DigiFest events are included in your StarFest Denver membership.

RoboFest is all about robots. RoboFest fans come from all over with thier mechanical marvels to display them and compete for prizes. Attendees have the chance at hands-on instruction in building robotic devices by the leading creators in the field. All the RoboFest events take place at the Marriott DTC and are included in your StarFest Denver membership.

GameFest has returned and is expanding in 2014 GameFest activities will all take place at the Marriott DTC Hotel and are included in your StarFest membership. Petries Family Games will be providing tabletop and role playing games throughout the weekend.  It’s designed to be a place to come, sit down, and have fun.

MODEL and ART SHOW take place at the Marriott DTC and are included in your StarFest Denver membership. The Model Show is a great place to learn about model building, model painting and basically anything there is to do with models. Enter your model in the show for a chance to win ribbons and prizes.  The Art Show allows artists to display their work as well as sell pieces to the general public,

The StarFest Denver Entertainment Convention has hosted a virtual who’s who of Actors, Directors and Producers, including: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Tobey Maguire, Sean Astin, Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Summer Glau, Anthony Michael Hall, Christian Bale, Moon Bloodgood, Jon Lovitz, Harry Shearer, Famke Janssen, Tricia Helfer, Karl Urban, Danny Elfman, Francis Ford Coppola, Tim Burton, Rob Bowman, Michael Piller, Dean Devlin, Frank Marshall, and many more.

    A very-brief overview of the convention activities and ticket options

StarFest Denver is all about choices. You can come for just a day if you want to check things out or dive-in with a three-day pass for a completely immersible experience.

Friday
Events start at 6am! MediaFest, our kick-off event, is opens to anyone willing to come to the Marriott in costume and be on TV. On hand for the event will be local print, radio and TV reporters ready to interview and visit with you. It’s a great way to start the convention and let everyone know that StarFest Denver has returned to Denver. We’ll also be playing some games and have door prizes throughout the morning.

Gradually, throughout the day the programming tracks will expand and around 3pm things really start hopping. Friday night is our Official Meet and Greet party, where you can rub shoulders with and get to know some of our convention guests over coffee, soda, and desserts. After the Meet & Greet we’ll start the first of our StarFest Denver parties and really get things going.

Saturday
The biggest day of the convention starts early (some events at 8:00AM) and continue throughout the night. Conflict Warning: Because of the size and scope of StarFest Denver, there is no way for you to see and do everything. With dozens of events starting simultaneously, and across three convention centers, you are going to have to pick and choose. We work really hard programming events that cater to just about everyone’s special interests so the variety of entertainment at the show may be a little daunting and overwhelm you. Think of it like an all-you-can-eat buffet, everything looks great, but remember to limit to how much you put on your plate so you don’t end up missing out on something you really like!

Keep in mind that most of the movie studio presentations will take place on Saturday, make sure you consult the program schedule and program book carefully for details, we wouldn’t want you to miss something that you’d be sorry about later. We try to list the events in the schedule and then give you a lot more details about those events in the program book. If you look at both carefully, chances are you’ll come up with a “must see” list that will make your experience memorable.

The Saturday night festivities are what make StarFest Denver unique. We usually have a live performance right before the Costume Contest in our Main Events Room and follow that up with The Federation Ball in the Marriott DTC Atrium. Don’t miss the Ball, it’s an incredible costume (optional) party that creates an incredible mix of things to see and do that just can’t be matched. The Ball runs until midnight and simultaneously, throughout the hotels, you’ll find room parties and fun to keep you busy into the wee hours of the morning.

Sunday
StarFest Denver isn’t anything like an Auto Show or Exhibition where you can come for one day or a couple of hours and see everything. Sunday’s schedule is completely different than Saturday, with lots of guest speakers (different than the ones on Saturday). There are new events and panels to participate in and enjoy. Because a lot of the rush to get autographs is over by Sunday, you’ll often find lots of time to talk to the actors that are attending for the weekend. Over-all, Sunday is a great day to take things at a bit slower pace than Saturday and visit some of the convention areas that you couldn’t get to on Saturday.

What’s up with VIP tickets? Camping out for good seats may cause you to miss a lot at the convention. VIP memberships free-up your valuable time to see more stuff. VIP Members get a special express line at Registration and Reserved Seats in the Main Events Room. VIP members don’t have to camp for seats to see their favorite guests.

If you want to experience the entire weekend and all the guests, you should be buying a 3-day membership. You’ll save money by buying a 3-Day ticket. If you go for a VIP 3-Day membership you’ll get the best Main Events Room seats available (just behind our Platinum Members).

Platinum VIP tickets provide you with the ultimate StarFest Denver experience. The VERY BEST seats in our Main Events Room are reserved for Platinum VIP members. You Platinum membership also include merchandise discounts, special giveaways, priority photo and autograph lines and seating seniority at future conventions.

 
 

Lodging
Rather than having to lug around all your stuff all weekend and having to worry about getting back and forth every day – why not just get a room and stay at one of the convention hotels?

You can book a luxurious room at The Marriott DTC (303.779.1100) with it’s famous Atrium Rooms and parties. Right next door is the Hilton Garden Inn (303-770-4200), home of ComicFest. One of the best kept secrets about the Hilton is their great breakfast.

Both hotels keep you close to the action. We can’t stress enough how much more fun and enjoyable your convention experience becomes when you stay onsite. When making your reservations, be sure you mention you are coming for StarFest Denver, we’ve negociated discounted rates at both hotels so you can save some money.

Interested in a little StarFest history?
Take a look at some of the stuff that taken place at our past conventions.

Comments

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