MarsCon 2018

Robots, Rayguns, & Rockets:

The 3 R's of Sci-Fi

Our Host Hotel

Once again MarsCon will be held at:

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota
USA 55425
952-854-2100
Map & directions

fanciful area map

The Hilton is mostly accessible by mass transit... it’s about 4/10ths of a mile from the American Blvd LRT stop. There are also shuttles to the LRT stop, the airport, and the Mall of America. If you have trouble walking (perhaps due to luggage or snow) the best transit option is probably bus or train to MoA, then take the hotel shuttle.

Parking Overflow

Parking Overflow will be the same as last year. There will be a shuttle running to and from the open air lot between Crowne Plaza and Airport Hilton. Do not park in Crowne Plaza’s ramp or risk a ticket or tow. Carpooling is a good idea. Or... ride the LRT and hike from the American Blvd stop as described above.

Hey You, Get A Room!

Having your own room at MarsCon gives you a place to park all the keeno stuff you bought in the Dealers’ Room and a place to don your amazing costume(s). You can even sleep in it. As a bonus, your room key is your key to the hotel pool and hot tubs. Woo! Rooms are $108.00 plus taxes per night (or $139.00 plus tax for Junior Suites)—go to http://group.hilton.com/MarsCon2018 to book your room online, or you can call the hotel and ask for the MarsCon rate. Either way, your own room to sleep in at MarsCon equals more hours you can spend awake at MarsCon. The deadline to book a room is February 9, 2018.

Hotel Layout

If you’ve been to MarsCon in recent years, the layout will be familiar. The Hilton first floor houses hotel amenities and MarsCon’s Art Show, Props Room, and Science Room. MarsCon programming is centered on the second floor. Sign up for MarsCon and/or pick up your badge here. Take in a Mainstage event or three. Shop in the Dealers’ Room. Come to Ops for answers—you get the picture. Come on up to the 11th floor for parties into the wee hours. Snarky’s Cafe will be found on 12th floor.

Travel Tips

We recommend carpooling or mass transit to reach MarsCon. But if you do drive and find the Hilton parking lot is full, there is overflow parking in the open air lot past the Crowne Plaza ramp (on your right as you approach the Airport Hilton). There is a sidewalk from this lot to the Hilton. See the overhead view below (thanks this year go to OpenStreetMaps.org!)

Map from overflow parking


MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. The Dementia track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.

MarsCon 2018

Robots, Rayguns & Rockets

The 3 R's of Sci-Fi

March 2-4, 2018
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

Send questions about MarsCon to info17d@marscon.org, we’ll do our best to send answers!

More about MarsCon may be found at...
  • MarsCon Dementia Track: https://marscondementia.com
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarsconMpls
  • FaceBook: www.facebook.com/Marscon

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