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  • 2018 Worldcon in San Jose, California, USA

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The 2018 Worldcon is Worldcon 76 in San Jose, Thursday, August 16 through Monday, August 20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA.

Registration Hours:

  • Wednesday, August 15: 2 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 16: 9 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday, August 17: 9 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 18: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday, August 19: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Monday, August 20: 9 AM to Noon

Exhibit Hall Hours (Different things within the Exhibit hall have their own open hours during these times):

  • Thursday, August 16: Noon to 11 PM
  • Friday, August 17: 10 AM to 11 PM
  • Saturday, August 18: 10 AM to Midnight
  • Sunday, August 19: 10 AM to 11 PM
  • Monday, August 20: 10 AM to 3 PM

Scheduled Programming begins on Thursday, August 16 at 1 PM and at 9 AM on the other four days of the convention. Programming items run until late at night on Thursday through Sunday. Most programming ends at at 3 PM on Monday, with the Closing Ceremonies starting at 3 PM Monday, followed by the final Convention Feedback session at 4:30 PM Monday.

The Convention doesn’t end at 6 PM. There is evening programming, events like the Retro Hugo Dance, Worldcon Masquerade, and the Hugo Awards Ceremony (in the Convention Center) and various hospitality functions hosted by groups in the Fairmont Hotel. To a great extent, you can treat Worldcon as starting around Noon Thursday and lasting nearly around the clock until late Monday.

To attend the convention, you must purchase a membership for one or more days of the convention. Basic membership costs are:

  • All 5 Days: $250
  • Thursday: $50
  • Friday: $80
  • Saturday: $80
  • Sunday: $80
  • Monday: $50

Various concessionary prices for Children, Young Adults, and Military/First Responders are available from the convention’s How to Register page.

Upcoming Worldcon Bids

The following groups are bidding to hold the 2020 Worldcon.

A full list of future Worldcon bids can be found here.