Updated: January 13, 2022
SATURDAY NIGHT GALA
The Saturday Night gala is one of the highlights for Trek fans and this year continues the tradition with a star-studded Trek Cabaret for a night of music and entertainment. Specific performers will be announced soon!
The Gala is included in the full convention GOLD, CAPTAIN’S CHAIR or COPPER packages, keeping your same great seats! For everyone else, you can still attend the Gala by purchasing an a la carte ticket. Convention passes are not required to attend the Gala.
Note: The Gala ticket does not include admission to the convention.
THURSDAY NIGHT DINNER & COMEDY w/ TIG NOTARO
The multi-talented TIG NOTARO will be performing a comedy show for our Thursday night dinner party, exclusive to Gold Convention patrons only!
Tig is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, writer, radio contributor, and actor as well as a favorite on numerous talk shows, including Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Ellen. Rolling Stone magazine named her one of the "50 best stand-up comics of all time."
She also currently appears in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead and wrote and starred in the groundbreaking TV show One Mississippi, along with hosting an advice podcast, "Don't Ask Tig" as well as the documentary film podcast "Tig and Cheryl: True Story."
JIMMY’S PLACE BAR & CAFÉ
Join us for some food and drink at Jimmy’s Place Bar & Café! Chase Masterson will be on hand Wednesday through Saturday to host for some Happy Hour festivities. Plus, some surprise stars might just show up for a toast! ID's will be checked. Cheers! Please drink responsibly.
On THURSDAY NIGHT, join Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating for an awesome night of karaoke fun! There will also be a FRIDAY NIGHT Karaoke Party for double the karaoke fun! More details to come. Guests are subject to change.
While it’s not a guarantee to be chosen, you must sign up your song choice in advance if you want a chance to participate in the Karaoke party. Sign up times will be listed in the Event schedule on the day of the party. There will be NO SIGN-UPS at the party. High energy, fun songs are encouraged! Please choose only ONE SONG and write down your FULL NAME. Groups can be up to 2 people MAX. Please write down full names of all people. Slips with partial names will not be accepted. If people submit the same song, one slip is chosen at random.
Our Creation Cosplay Contest is a true highlight of our convention, with amazing creativity on display from our fellow Trek fans! Set on SATURDAY, the fun starts with the Cosplay Parade in the morning and a group photo shot on the main stage. Then later in the day, a panel of celebrity and expert judges will choose the best cosplay contestants. There will be lots of great prizes, including a very special best-in-show $1000 gift certificate! Details on how to enter to come at a later date.
Star Trek's Greatest Biology Hits and Near-Misses with Mohamed Noor
Since the beginning, Star Trek has always tried to explain the science underlying what's depicted. Come join biology Professor Mohamed Noor as he goes over some examples of the "greatest hits" and "near misses" on the biology that appears in the franchise -- from TOS Khan's history of selective breeding to panspermia and introns in TNG to evolving into salamanders at warp 10 in Voyager to horizontal gene transfer and mitochondrial DNA in Discovery. Attendees may be surprised to learn that even episodes about which people laugh have at least some spot-on real scientific elements. Come join for lots of science and lots of fun!
Mohamed Noor is professor of biology and Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University, along with being a contracted science consultant for the Star Trek universe. He merges his passions by teaching biology concepts using depictions from Star Trek in the classroom, in writings, in online videos, and in-person presentations at conventions.
Highlighting the Sci-Fi Genre in Current Film and TV
Join noted genre journalist, reporter and Intellectual Property/Content Manager Kit Bowen and Creation Co-CEO Adam Malin for a spirited discussion and discourse on the state of the sci-fi genre on television and in films. Special guests and audience participation will make this a fun and engaging segment.
NO MINIMUM BID AUCTIONS
FIVE fast paced fun-filled "no minimum" bid auctions are set for 2022! Come and get ready to bid on rare Star Trek and other amazing collectibles.
DeFOREST KELLEY THEATRE
The DeForest Kelley Theatre will have additional programming and panels more attuned to science and behind the scenes. It is also where we do the no-minimum bid auctions, contests, special guest star appearances, and surprises!