StarFest is an annual Denver convention encompassing all aspects of popular media, film and television. Started in 1977, it attracts several thousand fans of popular culture for a weekend of social interaction, games and fun. There are over a hundred activities on the multi-track programming schedule. Events include film 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 merchandise, educational seminars, discussion panels, kids events, fan club presentations, and assorted Klingons, Jedi and other strange and unusual creatures.
Over time, StarFest has evolved from a science fiction convention into a celebration of media entertainment. It has spawned two conventions within the convention. The first was HorrorFest, which is not-surprisingly devoted to all things horror. HorrorFest, like StarFest, has its own multi-track programming, guests, performances, and film festival. Because of the fan response from HorrorFest, it was only natural that we add another convention under our weekend of entertainment. In 2009, we launched ComicFest. In spite of the incredible blizzard that arrived the same weekend, ComicFest was an instant success and just like StarFest and HorrorFest, was packed with activities, guests, collectibles, and yes - comics. ComicFest was so successful that we've decided to devote the entire Hilton Hotel convention facilities to just ComicFest for 2010 so we can make room for even more events and scheduling this Spring. Stay tuned for more news as our plans are developed.
The StarFest Entertainment Convention has hosted a virtual who’s who of Actors, Directors and Producers during the history of the event. Including: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Tobey Maguire, Sean Astin, Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Michael Hall, Christian Bale, Oded Fehr, 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, many more.
The Convention is designed for just about everyone. There are ticket options that allow you to come for a day or the whole weekend. For most people, the convention is an immersive experience. That’s why we call it a Weekend of Science Fiction Overload. For the uninitiated, you can start out with just a Friday ticket and find out what this Starfest thing is all about. If you get hooked, we’ll let you upgrade your membership at the show and charge you only the difference in price. Don’t you think you should find out what everybody’s been talking about?
A very-brief overview of the convention activities and ticket options
Friday programming starts at 6pm and continues way past midnight. You’ll be able to socialize late into the night, view some great videos, buy collectibles and get some autographs from our early-arriving guests. We’ve expanded our Friday programming from years past and now it includes lots of great parties, fun and games. We have even opened up our Main Events Room and expanded the early programming into that venue.
Saturday is the biggest day of the convention. The show starts at about 8AM and continues well past Midnight. Unfortunately, because of the multi-track programming at Starfest, there is no way to see and do everything. Events run simultaneously and you must pick and choose from the selection. We work really hard to program events that cater to just about everyone’s taste and interests. Keep in mind it’s very much like an all-you-can-eat buffet, everything looks great, but there is a limit to how much you can eat - pick and choose wisely! Keep in mind that most of the movie studio presentations are on Saturday so consult the program schedule carefully, we wouldn’t want you to miss any of the great World Premiere presentations and live presentations!
Saturday VIP - Lines and waiting for good seats can cause you to miss a lot at the convention. When you purchase a VIP membership, you free-up valuable time to see more stuff. VIP Members get a special express line at Registration, a special lanyard for your membership pass, and a Reserved Seat in the Main Events Room. Going VIP lets you say goodbye to seat camping through events you don’t really want to see because you are hoping to keep the seat for your favorite guests. See VIP seating notes for additional details.
Sunday is when many of the guest speakers are scheduled for their Q&A sessions to balance out the many movie studio presentations that take up much of the stage time on Saturday. It’s also easier to chat a little more with some of the actors that have been there for the whole weekend - since they have more time to talk.
Sunday VIP - Just like the Saturday VIP, you’ll experience less line waiting and seat camping by having your own Reserved Seat in the Main Events Room and a special lanyard for your membership pass. Since there are also less VIP seats sold on Sunday, you usually get a better Reserved Seat if you’re trying to decide between Saturday or Sunday. But keep in mind that we reserve even better seats for the people that buy 3-Day VIP passes. See VIP seating notes for additional details.
3-Day VIP - If you want to experience the entire weekend and all the guests, this is the Membership for you! You get all the perks of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets - PLUS - a much better reserved seat than offered to the single-day VIPs in the Main Events Room. We reserve the front center section for our Weekend Reserved Seating guests (just behind Platinum Members).
Platinum 3-Day VIP - You can experience all the perks of a 3-Day VIP membership and more when you purchase a Platinum 3-Day VIP membership! The VERY BEST seats in our Main Events Room are specially reserved for Platinum 3-Day VIP members. The Platinum memberships include merchandise discounts, special giveaways, priority autograph lines and seating seniority at future conventions.
Lodging - Rather than having to lug around all the stuff you pick up at the convention, having to worry about getting back and forth from home every night, and being able to stay awake during the whole weekend of sensory overload - why not just get a room and stay at the convention? Operators are standing by to book you a great room at The Marriott DTC at an incredibly-low convention rate, just call 303.779.1100.
Interested in a little history? Click here to view some of the stuff that took place at some of our past conventions.