MarsCon 2019

“Legends In Our Own Mind”

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
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 at MarsCon may be difficult but doable. Free parking will be available in the hotel lot as well as 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!

The Hilton online registration system starts at - if you prefer to book by phone use the group name MarsCon 2019. The room block covers dates from February 28 though March 4, 2019. The cutoff date for the room block is January 31, 2019. Be warned the hotel adds an extra $50.00 hold on your credit card - if you don’t use any incidentals the hold should be released 3-10 business days after you check out “for most cards”.

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, which means no need for a trek to the overflow parking lot after an evening of parites. As a bonus, your room key is your key to the hotel pool and hot tubs. Woo!

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

At the risk of repeating ourselves, 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 to, which provides maps with obsessive levels of detail.)

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 2019

“Legends In Our Own Mind”

March 1-3, 2019
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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