Away Missions are loaded with fun activities for the whole family. These are just a few examples of the activities that we host at our events. Actual events may vary slightly, please see the event schedule for details.
All of our guests are available for autographs in the celebrity signing room unless otherwise posted. This includes our featured guests.
Please see the event page for the final event schedule for the times.
A limited number of extra autograph tickets may be available at the Away Mission Store at the convention for our featured guests. Prices vary by event. Please see the event page for pricing and availability.
We usually invite several bonus guests that are not compensated for their appearance, so they charge a small fee for their autographed photos. The fee usually includes a photo that you can select from their table. You can also bring your own items to get signed.
The bonus guests are normally available in the signing room during the regular convention hours. Please check the event page for a listing our bonus guests as well as the convention hours for the event.
This is a special treat that gives you the opportunity to see your favorite stars perform live in a very intimate setting. The show varies by event. Part of the fun is the mystery of what to expect!
We have featured an interactive improv show that had everyone rolling in the aisles. We have also featured dramatic readings that gave us chills as well as an original play based on characters from one of science fiction's most beloved series.
These events require the purchase of a separate ticket. Please see the event page for pricing and availability.
Join us for a great evening of food and fun at our fabulous banquet. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal and mingle with our guests in a more relaxed setting, with access to the guests that would not normally be possible during a busy convention. The evening features a delicious meal served in the company of our guest stars. Our banquets are buffet-style with multiple selections and trips to the buffet. In order to keep the event casual, no cameras will be allowed. Our staff photographer will come around and photograph each table with the celebrity guest in attendance. Each attendee will receive an 8x10 photo of their group/table with their celebrity dinner guest.
Unlike other events, this ticket guarantees that you will sit with a celebrity guest.
Seating will be based on the order in which you purchase your admission ticket. Banquet tickets must be ordered at least 10 days in advance as the hotel must know how much food to serve. Banquet tickets are NOT sold at the door. Proper dress is requested.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a professional portrait taken with your favorite star by a professional photographer! Up to 2 patrons can be in the shot and the 8x10 color photo will be ready for you to pick up the same day! Please see the event page for pricing and availability.
Our convention weekends are busy with plenty of fun-filled activities. Specific activities vary by event.
Normally held in the main ballroom, question and answer sessions are scheduled throughout the weekend. All of our featured stars and bonus stars will have a minimum of 30 minutes on stage during the event. The Q&A sessions give you the opportunity to see your favorite stars on stage and ask them questions in a forum setting. Please see the event page for the final event schedule for the times.
Be a part of our Costume Contest and Presentation! The costume contest will feature a stage with studio lighting and sound equipment so contestants may bring their own music on tape or CD for audio during their presentations. Presentations may be in the form of short "skits" (up to 5 minutes per person or group), to enhance your costume presentations and show off your individual or groups talents. Trophies will be awarded in various categories.
There is a technical call before the costume contest. Please see the event page for the final event schedule for the times.
Up for a great debate? Interested in how to design your own costume? What about a writers' workshop? Away Missions panels are a great way to round out your convention experience. Panels vary by event so please see the event page for the final event schedule to find out what panels are being featured.
Away Missions feature one or two auctions throughout the weekend. The themes of the auctions vary by event. We have featured a collectable auction that included plates, framed posters, and even a UPN popcorn bag! We have featured science fiction/vintage toys auctions as well as autograph auctions. These auctions are a great opportunity to bid on very rare memorabilia or to get that one autograph that has been eluding you. Please see the event page for the final event schedule for more information on the auctions.
Looking for great deals? Come see our dealers' room! We have vendors from all over the country attend our events bringing with them everything the science fiction fan would want—from the expected such as autographs, toys, books, trading cards, props, uniforms, and t-shirts—to the unexpected such as Christmas ornaments, jewelry, and corsets!
In case there isn't enough to keep you busy, we have a host of games that vary by event. We have featured everything from Star Trek trivia to the Gong Show. Please see the event page for the final event schedule for more information on the games and times.