Starting Schedule for MarsCon 2020

We want to give you an idea of what programming you can expect at MarsCon 2020. Many events are suggested, planned, and scheduled at the last minute – but – there are a lot of events we know will take place even at this early date. Take a look – and recognize there will be many more events at the con. (If you have a programming item in mind please head on over to the Program Ideas Page and add your suggestion.

First an overview of our programming spaces:

Masquerade Lounge
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron)
Over the years, programming in the Masquerade Lounge has grown substantially, from almost nothing to over 20 hours of costume related panels, demos and discussions. There will be plenty of programming related to costumes (the regulars & some newer topics) as well as prop making panels and makeup demos.

Free Mars
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch)
Free Mars will feature miscellaneous programming, i.e., hard sciences discussions, talks about our favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies and television series, gaming, Klingons, music, and as many other fannish topics as we can fit into the space.

Re(a)d Mars
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars
Re(a)d Mars, exclusive to MarsCon since the early 21st century, will focus mainly on literary discussions and readings, but there may be a touch of art and other SF media, as well as speculative science.

Anime/YA
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA
Anime/YA is a place for discussions about anime, young adult fiction and other topics of interest to young fans. The room will also feature a few anime showings.

The Playground
5 Mallard Point - Playground
This room will host children’s programming and provide an activity center which is kid-friendly. Adults are welcome too!

RPGs (Roleplaying Games)
6 Owl Overlook - RPGs
RPGs will play host to roleplaying games throughout the weekend.

Dance/Demos
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay)
See live demos on subjects like dance, weapons, stunts, self defense and yoga. Learn about burlesque and shake your groove thang. Bring your boffer equipment or light sabers, and battle safely.

Mainstage
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV)
Mainstage is the place for big events such as Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Masquerade Cosplay, Charity Auction, media guest talks, concerts, stage performances and musical jams!

A/V Room
Room 1114 - A/V Room
The A/V room is happy to team up with the Geek Partnership Society. Come see Geeky classic films and independent films. The A/V room is always looking for Volunteers / Minions if you want to help out. By helping out and covering a film for us, you will get a cool “Film Crew” Ribbon.

A note to parents, please be aware that there are “R” and “NR” rated films that will be shown throughout this weekend. Please, if you do not want your children to see “R” or “NR” rated films, please keep them out of the A/V room at the time they are shown. We do not have time to check to make sure there are no underage people watching the films. Also some “NR” films might not be suited for children, if you have any questions please ask at the A/V room’s Film Crew. (Film Crew will have ribbons on their badges that say, “MarsCon Film Crew“.)

Do note that film running times are an estimate and could change without notice.

Krushenko's Lounge
Krushenko’s (Room 1117)
Krushenko’s is a space that encourages conversation about science fiction and fantasy at SF conventions. Krushenko’s, named after a Manhattan bistro in Larry Niven’s novel Ringworld, started at the 1983 Minicon, and now also travels to Con-Sarnit and Diversicon in the Twin Cities and WisCon in Madison. A regular feature of MarsCon since 1999, Krushenko’s this year serves up panels and discussions about SF in literature and other media in the daytimes, and conversational SF-related parties in the evenings. “Krushenko’s is accustomed to serving alien guests!”





Walk-in Artist Check In
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 11:45 am
Walk in art will be accepted on a first-come, available-space basis on Friday March 1, from Noon to 7:00 pm.

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Friday 12:00 pm
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able. After-hours, you may register at the Bridge (1st floor, near Hotel front desk).

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.

If you are registering at the door for MarsCon 2020, you can get $5 off your registration by donating 5 cans of food, limited to one discount per person. (Please note, the $5 discount cannot be applied to Day Passes.)
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

Art Show - Open for Public Viewing and Bidding
Art Show (Riverside) — Friday 12:00 pm
Welcome to the Art Show! Please support your local artistic community by bidding and bringing home a masterpiece.

Detailed info on how to exhibit and how to buy artwork at MarsCon is listed on the Art Show page.

Note: There is NO AUCTION for the 2020 Art Show. Silent bidding will take place until the Art Show closes at 7:30 pm, Saturday evening. If you have the highest bid at that time, congratulations! Please remember to pick up and pay for your art on Sunday before 1:00 pm.

Book Exchange
3 Eagle's Nest - Re(a)d Mars — Friday 03:00 pm
Do you have a book you’ve read and want to share? Bring it to the book exchange! Come and see us, bring a book or get a book. There are no limits on books and we only ask that you enjoy your read.

Book Exchange shelves will be found in:

The Playground (V - Mallard Point)—for youth-oriented books
Re(a)d Mars (III - Eagle’s Nest)—for novels, miscellaneous literature, and adult-oriented SF/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

Please bring one or more books you would like to donate, and feel free to take a book for reading later. Any unclaimed books will be donated to the Charity Auction which takes place on Sunday morning on the Mainstage.

Anime viewing
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 03:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Dealers’ Room opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Ballroom I/II - Buy something fun!

There are new Dealers & some older Dealers with new merchandise. Many are offering “Con Theme” oriented merch at Great Prices: jewelry, tote bags, plushies, costumes, accessories, articulated dragons, figurines, books, toys & more. Many local authors that like to talk. Some Dealers are in the hall/foyer area. All hours are posted by the Dealer Room door, in the program book & pocket program…

SUPPORT YOUR CON BY SUPPORTING OUR DEALERS

Prop-A-Torium opens
Friday 03:00 pm
Prop-A-Torium: Episode 14

2nd floor, Exec Conference Room (near Registration)

We’re back for year 14. Come see what new props we have, and the return of our favorite props. From Star Trek, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Stargate, Middle-Earth Saga, and so much more from movies and TV shows. We have Fan Made Props, “Officially Licensed” Props, a few actual Screen-Used Props. Come by the Prop-A-Torium!

Photos will be allowed in the Prop-A-Torium. Please ask us if you can touch or take videos of the props you see in the Prop-A-Torium.

Films Viewing
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Friday 03:00 pm
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon.

Trailer Park: Upcoming Movies
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 04:00 pm
Check out trailers to the movies coming out this year! Be on your top game when conversing with other fellow folks here at MarsCon! Be ready for that panel! Plan what you are going to see next weekend? Don’t miss THE TRAILER PARK!

Rehearsals & Sound Check
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 04:00 pm


Science Room opens
Friday 04:00 pm
Located in Woodlands on the 1st floor, between the Front Desk & Restaurant

Come see how we are transforming science fiction into science fact! Visit the Science Room to view and interact with science exhibits.

SF/Fantasy Music Video Hour
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 05:00 pm
Cool fan-made music videos based on SF/fantasy shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, and more recent fare.

Anime by request
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Friday 06:00 pm - 45 minutes
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 06:00 pm


Free Range Art
5 Mallard Point - Playground — Friday 07:00 pm
Quiet Space for reading, art, finishing crafts, puzzles, working on costumes/props. Bring a book to share in our book exchange library. Left-over books are donated for the Charity Auction(Sunday 9:30-11am)


Opening Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 07:00 pm - 30 minutes
Thank you for joining us for the 22nd annual MarsCon Sci Fi/Fantasy/Gaming Convention! We will open MarsCon with live sketch comedy, welcome and introduce our wonderful Guests of Honor, and learn important stuff that will help you get the most out of MarsCon 2020.

The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Friday 08:00 pm


Tales of the Unanticipated Party
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Friday 08:30 pm
Sponsored by this long-running (since 1986!) speculative fiction magazine/anthology. Meet the staff and contributors, and shake hands with lovely back issues.

Remembering the Original Trilogy
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Friday 09:00 pm


Dementia Comedy Music Concert Series
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Friday 09:00 pm
Live music performances. Keep an eye on the web site as acts are announced. See also: https://marscondementia.com/

Nightly Karaoke
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Friday 09:00 pm
Time to rock the mike!

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Saturday 09:00 am
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able. After-hours, you may register at the Bridge (1st floor, near Hotel front desk).

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.

If you are registering at the door for MarsCon 2019, you can get $5 off your registration by donating 5 cans of food, limited to one discount per person. (Please note, the $5 discount cannot be applied to Day Passes.)
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 10:00 am


Dealers / Props / Science rooms open
Saturday 10:00 am


Art Show - Open for Public Viewing, Bidding, and Print Shop Sales
Art Show (Riverside) — Saturday 10:00 am


Films Viewing
Room 1114 - A/V Room — Saturday 10:00 am
The A/V room is happy to partner with GPS once again to bring you some great films throughout MarsCon. See room for showtimes.

Dementia Smackdown Wrestling
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Saturday 12:00 pm
Every year Dementia Radio DJ and pro wrestling fan Jered Perez uses the latest WWE video games to create avatars of all of the acts appearing at the MarsCon Dementia Track. Then he records them fighting against one another in a 30 minute Battle Royal to see who will be crowned the champion of “Dementia Smackdown Wrestling”! So come root for your favorite act, and witness the virtual violence and senseless slaughter for silly supremacy! Featuring live commentary by DSW commentators Commissioner J.P. Tuesday (Jered Perez) and Duke “Flyboy” DuJour (Luke Ski). Snap into it! Oooh yeah!

The Saber Legion
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 12:00 pm


Masquerade Orientation
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Mandatory meeting for all those entering the costume contest. Last chance to register.

Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 01:00 pm


In Defense of the Prequels
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 02:00 pm


The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Saturday 02:00 pm


Dementia Comedy Music Concert Series
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 02:00 pm


Closed for Masquerade Judging/Rehearsal
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 06:00 pm
All contestants who are competing are asked to arrive prepared for judging, a walk-through on the Main Stage, and your photo taken.

Dissecting the Sequels
Free Mars (II - Cardinal Perch) — Saturday 06:00 pm


Dealers & Science close
Saturday 06:00 pm


Masquerade Rehearsal
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 06:30 pm


Props closes
Saturday 07:00 pm


Arcana Meeting
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Saturday 07:00 pm
Let’s talk about the long-running “Convention of the Dark Fantastic” and the group of classic horror fanciers who ran it, and brainstorm possibilities for the future. A revived full-service convention? A relaxacon including a few Program items? A classic horror book club? A 501(c)3 organization? A continuation of small informal gatherings such as this? That is not dead that can eternal lie….

Masquerade/Cosplay Contest & Half-time Show
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Saturday 08:00 pm
A grand costume contest with prizes and half-time entertainment!

Photography in Hall outside Mainstage
Saturday 08:00 pm
Open Hours: 8-11pm

Nightly Karaoke begins
Karaoke Joe’s Cafe (Room 1119) — Saturday 09:00 pm


Filk-sing
Saturday 10:00 pm
Beginning after Masquerade in Con Suite (1100)

Filking is a fannish tradition, active since the 1950s, when early fans gathered in hotel rooms for late-night singing sessions at the occasional science fiction convention. While filk music commonly has a science, SF or fantasy theme, filkers have been known to write filk songs about a variety of tangentially-related topics. Bring your voice. Bring your instrument if you have one. Bring your own lyrics, or grab a songbook and join in the singing.

Costume Swap
Masquerade Lounge (I - Blue Heron) — Saturday 11:00 pm
Bring stuff. Take stuff. We all love to make stuff.

Registration opens, 2nd Floor
Sunday 09:00 am
Pick up badges, program books, pocket programs, gaming schedules and swag, and start checking out the spaces, volunteer to help out if able.

Food Drive: MarsCon will be accepting food donations for the Food Group, a network of food shelves, during the convention.
If you are a party host and would like to help out, we encourage you to collect donations and bring them to the donation box near Registration/at the Bridge by Sunday.
If you are attending and would like to donate, please drop off your donation at Registration, the Bridge, or a participating party room.

Thank you for your donations and generosity!

Viewing Time for Charity Auction Items
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 09:30 am - 30 minutes
Silent bids will be accepted prior to live auction.

Charity Auction
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 10:00 am
Come, bid on donated items, and raise money for worthwhile causes!


Art Pick-up & Checkout, Print Shop and Quick Sales
Art Show (Riverside) — Sunday 10:00 am
If you bid on a piece, and it didn’t go to a higher bidder, please come down to the Art Show to pay and pick up your gorgeous artwork. Thank you for supporting the Art Show and local artists!

The Saber Legion Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Sunday 11:00 am


Dealers Room, Prop-A-Torium & Science Room open
Sunday 11:00 am


Anime viewing
4 Hawk's Ridge - Anime/YA — Sunday 12:00 pm
Lots of anime viewing throughout the weekend, many titles courtesy of FUNimation!

Mystic Dawn Amtgard Boffer Demo
Dance/Demo (VII - White Pelican Bay) — Sunday 12:00 pm


Dementia Comedy Music Concert Series
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 01:00 pm


The FuMP Jukebox Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 02:30 pm - 30 minutes
In the history of the MarsCon Dementia Track, we’ve had over 50 different comedy music acts perform, and unfortunately there just isn’t enough Main Stage time to give everybody a 30 minute main stage concert every year. That’s why we added to the schedule a show called the FuMP JUKEBOX, in which some of our returning regulars and new faces from the Funny Music Project website & the FuMP Sideshow who didn’t get main stage concerts this year will have a chance to get up on stage and do one of their songs for the awesome MarsCon audience.

Dementia Smackdown Concert
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Our traditional ending to the best weekend ever for fans of comedy music, the Dementia Smackdown will once again feature almost all of our weekend’s performers coming back to the stage one last time to perform cover versions of well known comedy songs, both by established legends, and by each other. The only word to describe it is ‘legenda-epic-awesome-ary’!

Sci/Dealers/Props close
Sunday 03:00 pm


Diversicon Meeting
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Come learn about (and perhaps volunteer for) this multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention, to be held July 2020.

Closing Ceremonies
Mainstage (Ballroom III/IV) — Sunday 04:00 pm
Say “farewell” to the guests & “thanks” to volunteers. Hear news about next year’s convention plans, pre-register for next year, and wonder why the weekend went so quickly.

Hotel Clean-up
Sunday 05:00 pm
Everyone is welcome to pitch in with cleaning up and clearing the rooms. Afterwards, join us and celebrate in Con Suite, Krushenko’s and poolside for the after-parties. Thank you, volunteers, artists, dealers, party hosts, science exhibitors, prop masters, guests, authors, musicians, and everyone else who brought fun to MarsCon!

A Party for Readers and Viewers
Krushenko’s (Room 1117) — Sunday 07:00 pm
Sponsored by Second Foundation, a speculative and science fiction book discussion group that has met regularly since January 1983, most of whose members are also film buffs.
Krushenko’s: Conversation and Gaming
Krushenko’s Annex: Conversation and Viewers’ Choice

Dead Cow Party in Con Suite (Room 1100)
Sunday 08:00 pm
Hang out. Graze on the leftovers. Moo a little.

MarsCon 2020

“Visions of the Future”
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

Send questions about MarsCon to info19a@marscon.org, we’ll do our best to send answers!

More about MarsCon may be found at...
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  • FaceBook: www.facebook.com/Marscon
  • Dementia: marscondementia.wordpress.com


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