A Real Convention … in a Real Hotel

MarsCon 2022 will happen in a physical location - how cool is that?

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on the first floor you’ll find:

The Bridge (Meadows - near the grand staircase)
The Bridge is MarsCon’s command center through the con. The Bridge can (try to) answer your questions and resolve issues small and large.

Art Show (Riverside)
View SF- and Fantasy-themed art. Buy or bid on art to take home!

Science Room (Woodland)
The Science behind Science Fiction.

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on the second floor you’ll find:

Mainstage (Ballrooms 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!

Dealers’ Room (Ballrooms I/II)
Here is where you’ll be able to buy all manner swag: things to read/hear/view, things to wear, things to decorate your manor, things to give to friends, souvineers of MarsCon.

Prop-a-Torium (Executive Conference Room)
Screen-used, replica and original props. Oh, and Deleks. Did we mention Daleks?

Labyrinth (I - Blue Heron)
Fun for kids of all ages!

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 (III - Eagle’s Next)
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.

Roleplaying Games (IV - Hawk’s Ridge)
RPGs will play host to roleplaying games throughout the weekend.

Creative Planet (V - Mallard Point)
This room will feature constructive and creative activities. Ideal for anyone who enjoys hands-on acitvities.

Anime/YA (VI - Owl Overlook)
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.

Barsoom Lounge (VII - Wood Duck Pond)
See live demos on subjects like martial arts, prop-building, special effects make-up and costuming. This room will serve as Masquerade Green Room during the Masquerade/Cosplay Contest, and may feature dance, simulated combat, and music-related events throughout the weekend.

Gaming (VIII - Wood Duck Pond)
Scheduled and open gaming

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on the eleventh floor you’ll find:

Con Suite (1100)
Relax. Converse. Find snacks. Con Suite is where you will find assorted snacks throughout the convention. Hours will depend upon availability and energy of volunteers, but we plan to open early for coffee lovers and close late for the pleasure of our night owls. Please pitch in to keep Con Suite tidy and open longer. Many thanks to volunteers!

Karaoke Joe’s Café (1102)
Karaoke Joe’s returns to MarsCon!
Karaoke Joe’s Cafeacute; has been known as the place where you can sing (and listen to) just about anything your heart desires. Karaoke Joe’s has a continually expanding catalog of roughly 7,000 songs! Come prepared to have a great time watching, or pluck up some courage and sing a song yourself! So stop by, pick a song and Rock The Mike!
Note: Party may move to Barsoom Lounge (White Pelican Bay, 2nd Floor) depending on prevailing conditions with the pandemic, to allow for additional distancing. May go until 3am.

Space Oddity Music Club & Brew Pub (1111)
Craft beer, snacks, and music circles.
Party hours: 7pm - late

Kahless and Chaos on Bourbon Street (1113)
Hosted by IKV RakeHell
Party hours: 9pm – 1am Friday & Saturday

ValleyCon (1115)
Captain Kirk’s House of Ill-Repute on Friday and Cantina South on Saturday!

Krushenko’s Lounge (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!”

A/V Room (1119)
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.

Massage Room (1125)
Rue Morgue Massage, the crew with the magic touch, returns to MarsCon. Stop by and sign up for their famous back and full body massage. Or Drop into the Black Hole and vibrate your way through space and time. Escape may be impossible losing track of time probable.

Hogwarts Gryffindor Common Room / DreamStitcher Custom Costume (1127)
Hogwarts School Gryffindor Common Room where people can gather, drink butterbeer and hang out. On Saturday of the con, we will be offering a “Tea with the Professors”, a private event for those who contribute to the party room fund raising. (Saturday 3pm & 4pm) We will also offer a Harry Potter trivia contest, during the course of the evening parties.
Party hours: 8pm-1am

MarsCon 2022

“The future ain’t what it used to be”
March 11 - 13, 2022
In Person

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota
March 11 - 13, 2022

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