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Cap off your Saturday, Nov 9, at Sci-Fi Valley Con with a night of fun and festivities at our official After Party! Join us at the Holiday Bowl, located at 181 Bowling Lane, Altoona, PA 16601, for an evening that promises to be filled with excitement and entertainment. The party kicks off at 9:00 PM and goes until 2:00 AM, giving you plenty of time to bowl, sing, and celebrate with fellow con-goers.

Special Bowling and Karaoke Night

Get ready to strike down some pins at our special after-party bowling rates—just $20 per lane per hour. Bring your friends or team up with new ones as each lane accommodates up to 6 people, and don’t worry about extra costs because shoe rentals are absolutely free! Whether you’re a seasoned bowler or just looking for a fun way to relax after a busy day at the con, our bowling event is the perfect strike!

Sing Your Heart Out with Karaoke

Not into bowling? Grab the mic and show off your vocal chops with some karaoke. Our after-party isn’t just about bowling; it’s also a chance for you to take the stage and belt out your favorite tunes. Karaoke is a fan-favorite feature every year, and it’s a fantastic way to mingle and make memories with other attendees.

Connect and Celebrate

The After Party at the Holiday Bowl is not just an event; it's a tradition that attendees look forward to each year. It's the perfect setting to unwind and connect with others who share your passions in a relaxed, fun-filled environment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to wrap up your Saturday night with a bit of competitive fun and a lot of laughter.

Mark your calendar for Saturday night, June 8, and get ready to bowl and sing the night away! No registration necessary, just show up and join in on the fun. We can’t wait to see you there and close out an incredible day with a strike!


Holiday Bowl
181 Bowling Lane
Altoona, PA 16601


Saturday Night: Nov 9
‍9:00 P – 2:00 A

Special Bowling Rates:

Only $20 per lane per hour.

Up to 6 people per lane
(as low as $3.33 per person for an hour)




Here’s everything you need to know to make the most out of your autograph and photo opportunities at Sci-Fi Valley Con:

Autographs and Selfies

  • You can purchase autographs and table selfies directly at the celebrity guest’s table on the day of the event. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your favorite celebrities and obtain personalized memorabilia.

Professional Photo Ops

  • Professional photo ops can be purchased at the Photo Op Booth, conveniently located next to Celebrity Guest Alley. Remember, cell phone pictures are not permitted at the Professional Photo Op Booth to ensure the highest quality and experience.
  • Each professional photo op allows for a maximum of two adults and two children per photo, making it perfect for family and friends.
  • Additional prints of any photo op are available for $10 each, and you can also opt to receive a digital copy via email for $10.

Photo Op Area

  • All professional photographs with celebrity guests will be taken in the designated Photo Op Area, located in the lower level vendor hall as outlined on our event map.
  • Feel free to take photos of the celebrity guests at their signing table when they are signing your autograph.

Pricing Information

  • Below, you will find the pricing for autographs, professional photo ops, table selfies, and voice/video messages if they are available. Please be aware that prices are subject to change.

The price list information is subject to change. The event schedule will released Sept/Oct 2024.



Join the Con-Quest Adventure at Sci-Fi Valley Con!

Sci-Fi Valley Con proudly presents the Con-Quest, a unique charity event hosted by the Gearbox Union. This engaging adventure combines fun with philanthropy, benefiting children's hospitals around the globe, and takes place right here at our convention.

How to Participate:

For a small donation of $5 to the Child’s Play Charity, participants receive an official GBU Con-Quest pouch, five raffle tickets for a chance to win amazing donated prizes, and a one-day questing pass. Your adventure starts with a map found in the Sci-Fi Valley Con flyer, guiding you through various engaging activities at participating tables. Complete challenges like acting like a zombie, dancing like a unicorn, or quoting your favorite superhero to earn GBU Con-Quest bottle caps. These caps can be exchanged at the Mega-Table for additional raffle tickets, increasing your chances of winning while you enjoy the convention's many offerings.

Start Your Quest:

Begin your heroic journey at the Gearbox Union Con-Quest Mega-Table, located at Tables Y1-Y7, upstairs outside the ballroom. Each day brings new quests, variable trade values for your collected raffle tickets, hidden secrets to uncover, and much more. It’s an adventure packed with surprises and rewards!

For Vendors, Artists, and Guests:

Interested in being a part of the Con-Quest? Wonderful! We invite vendors, artists, and guests with tables at the convention to join by donating to the charity raffle and participating in the quest activities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage more attendees at your table while contributing to a great cause.

To sign up and become a quest location, please email GearboxUnion@gmail.com. We are excited to see your creative participation in this year’s Con-Quest!

Don’t miss out on this distinctive way to explore Sci-Fi Valley Con, engage in fun interactions, and help support children in need. Prepare to quest, collect, and conquer at the Con-Quest!

con quest flyer


Unleash Your Creativity at the Sci-Fi Valley Con Costume Contest!

Prepare to dazzle and be dazzled at Sci-Fi Valley Con's annual Costume Contest! Whether you're a die-hard fan of Sci-Fi, a lover of Horror, a Fantasy enthusiast, or an Anime aficionado, we invite you to showcase your best costume and compete for amazing prizes and the admiration of your peers.

Contest Details:

Dress up in your most creative attire inspired by any realm of your choice—be it Fantasy, Science Fiction, Anime, Steampunk, Horror, or your favorite Movie, TV Show, or Book. Show off your craftsmanship, flair, and passion for all things fantastical and otherworldly!

Prizes and Categories:

Impress our panel of judges and take home one of the coveted trophies! We are awarding trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places across three age categories, ensuring everyone from our youngest fans to seasoned adults gets a chance to shine. For our adult participants, we have special awards including Best-of-Show and Judge’s Choice, recognizing outstanding creativity and craftsmanship.

Registration and Contest Times:

Registration Opens:

  • Saturday, June 8, at 10:00 AM. Make sure to register early to secure your spot in the contest.

Contest Begins:

  • Saturday, June 8, at 6:00 PM. Be ready to strut your stuff and impress both the audience and the judges.

Age Categories:

  • Juniors: 0 – 12 years old
  • Teens: 13 – 17 years old
  • Adults: 18 – 100+ years old

Entry Form Details:

When signing up, you will be asked to provide:

Costume Title:

  • Give your costume a unique name that captures its essence.

Costume Inspiration:

  • Specify the genre or source of your inspiration (e.g., fantasy, science fiction, anime, steampunk, horror, movie, TV show, book, etc.).

Details for Judges:

  • Let the judges know what makes your costume special—whether it’s the intricate details, the materials used, or the story behind its creation. This is your chance to highlight the effort and creativity that went into your ensemble.

Join us for an evening of spectacular costumes, thrilling competition, and community fun. Whether competing or spectating, the Costume Contest at Sci-Fi Valley Con is an event you won't want to miss. Shine in your best costume, cheer on your favorites, and maybe even leave with a trophy!



Join Us for the Sci-Fi Valley Con Charity Auction

Get ready to make a difference while indulging in your passion for collectibles and fine art at the Sci-Fi Valley Con Charity Auction! This special event combines the excitement of bidding with the joy of giving, all in support of a fantastic cause.

Benefiting Extra Life

All proceeds from our Charity Auction will go directly to Extra Life, a charitable organization that supports Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. By participating, you're not just bidding for beautiful items—you're helping to improve the lives of children in need.

A Treasure Trove of Art and Collectibles

Prepare to be amazed by the array of fine art available at our auction, generously donated by the talented artists attending our convention. From stunning paintings and intricate sculptures to unique collectibles and memorabilia, there's something to catch the eye of every collector and enthusiast.

Auction Schedule:

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM

We encourage all our attendees to come with their checkbooks ready to engage in spirited bidding. Whether you’re looking to add a unique piece to your collection or searching for that perfect gift, you’ll find plenty of wonderful options—all while supporting a worthy cause.

Get Involved

The Charity Auction is open to all Sci-Fi Valley Con attendees. We invite you to join us in the main hall, where you can bid on your favorite items in a live auction format. It’s a perfect opportunity to acquire rare and beautiful pieces and make a significant impact through your contributions.

Mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of competitive bidding at Sci-Fi Valley Con. Let's raise funds for Extra Life and make a meaningful difference together. See you there!



Experience Art in Action at the Sci-Fi Valley Con Charity Quick Sketches

Prepare for a whirlwind of artistic talent and charitable giving at Sci-Fi Valley Con's Charity Quick Sketches! This dynamic event brings together some of the convention's most talented artists for a fast-paced drawing session where creativity knows no bounds.

Fast-paced Art for a Good Cause

Join us on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for an exhilarating hour where our artists will speed-sketch as many pieces as possible. Each piece, ranging from beloved superheroes to original creations shouted out by attendees, is immediately available for auction right after it’s completed. It’s your chance to own a unique piece of art created right before your eyes!

Interactive and Exciting

Can’t find a print of your favorite character on the exhibitor floor? No problem! At the Charity Quick Sketches, you can request anything you’d like to see drawn. Participate in the excitement by bidding on these unique artworks through raffle tickets, with all proceeds going to various charities.

We Provide, Artists Create

Sci-Fi Valley Con is proud to supply all necessary materials for our artists, ensuring they have everything they need to produce amazing work. Just bring your enthusiasm and get ready to bid!

Event Schedule

  • Friday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Sunday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This event not only showcases the incredible skills of our artists but also supports worthwhile causes. Gather at the designated times in the main event area and watch art happen in real-time. Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply looking to support charity in a fun way, the Charity Quick Sketches at Sci-Fi Valley Con is an event you won’t want to miss. See you there for some rapid artistic action!



Medieval Combat Demonstrations: Dagorhir Battle Games

Location: Outside on The Lawn
When: Saturday, 1:00-2:00 PM & 4:00-5:00 PM

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of medieval combat at Sci-Fi Valley Con! Whether you've always dreamed of being a valiant knight, a cunning rogue, or simply want to try your hand at a new, action-packed hobby, our Dagorhir Demonstrations are not to be missed.

Join us for a spectacular display of medieval sports for the modern age, where full-contact combat meets historical fantasy. Participants donned in period-appropriate attire engage in battles using foam weaponry, prioritizing safety while delivering an exhilarating experience.

This vivid presentation will be led by the esteemed members of the Wolves of Asgard and Iron Mountain units from Johnstown. They will guide you through the basic rules, demonstrate the combat techniques, and explain the safety measures and equipment used. Adding to the excitement, the Gearbox Union will be on hand, boosting the energy as our enthusiastic crowd supporters!

After the demonstration, you're invited to pick up a sword and join the fray. We'll have plenty of foam weapons available for you to get a firsthand experience of Dagorhir (waivers required, and minors must have parental supervision).

So, step outside, embrace a legendary pastime, and prepare to shout "Lay on!" as you dive into the world of medieval combat sports at Sci-Fi Valley Con.



Discover the Excitement: Guest Panels at Sci-Fi Valley Con

At Sci-Fi Valley Con, we offer an extensive lineup of Q&A Guest Panels that run throughout the entire weekend, providing you with continuous opportunities to engage directly with your favorite celebrities, creators, and thinkers in the world of science fiction and fantasy.

Celebrity Guest Panels

Located in Guest Panel Room 1, our highly anticipated Celebrity Guest Panels are a highlight of the convention. Due to the popularity of these panels, seating is limited. To ensure a spot, consider purchasing a 3-day pass which grants advanced seating privileges, allowing you to secure the best spots before anyone else. Typically, we schedule two celebrity guest panels on Friday and Sunday, and three on Saturday. Each session offers a unique chance to hear from renowned figures in the entertainment industry about their experiences, insights, and journeys.

Guest Panels by Artists, Authors, and Experts

In Guest Panel Room 2, dive deeper into the creative process with our convention artists, authors, and other talented individuals. These panels feature presentations on a wide range of topics, from the intricacies of world-building and character creation to the technical details of comic book publishing and beyond. Our panelists are eager to share their expertise and answer your questions. Whether you're an aspiring creator or a seasoned enthusiast, these sessions are designed to enrich your understanding and appreciation of the creative arts.

Each panel is crafted to maximize interaction and engagement, allowing you ample time to ask questions, participate in discussions, and gain valuable insights directly from the experts. Remember, with limited seating available, arriving early to each panel is highly recommended to ensure you don’t miss out on these enlightening experiences.

Explore the full schedule of panels to plan your weekend at Sci-Fi Valley Con and make the most out of every session. We can't wait to see you there, ready to explore new realms of imagination and creativity!



Retro console Gaming at Sci-Fi Valley Con

Step into a blast from the past at Sci-Fi Valley Con's expansive Retro Gaming Arcade! We've dedicated considerable effort and resources to create an awe-inspiring room that celebrates over 50 years of video game history. This is your chance to experience a vast collection of video game consoles, all in one place.

A Gamer's Paradise

Our Retro Gaming Arcade features an impressive array of more than 30+ different consoles, offering everyone from casual fans to hardcore gamers the opportunity to dive into the golden age of gaming. Whether you're looking to relive cherished childhood memories or discover the classics for the first time, our arcade is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the rich history of video gaming.

Consoles Available to Play:

Magnavox Odyssey (1972)

  1. The first commercial home video game console, which used simple black and white graphics and plastic overlays for the TV screen.

National Semiconductor Adversary (1976)

  1. One of the earliest home video game consoles, primarily known for playing Pong and other simple video games directly on your TV.

Atari 2600 (1977)

  1. Revolutionized the video game industry with its interchangeable cartridges, bringing arcade favorites like 'Space Invaders' to living rooms worldwide.

Magnavox Odyssey 2 (1978)

  1. Combined video game and programmable computer functions, but known for its quirky and creative game designs.

Mattel Intellivision (1980)

  1. A home video game console offering superior graphics to its main competitor, the Atari 2600, and a strong lineup of sports games.

Atari 5200 (1982)

  1. Designed to compete with the Intellivision, offering superior graphics and a more advanced controller compared to its predecessor, the Atari 2600.

Commodore 64 (1982)

  1. A home computer that became famous for its excellent sound and graphics capabilities for the time, supporting a vast library of games and software.

ColecoVision (1982)

  1. Notable for its ability to closely emulate arcade video games, making it a popular choice until the video game crash of 1983.

Atari 7800 (1986)

  1. Known for its backward compatibility with Atari 2600 games and improved graphics capabilities, it attempted to regain the market lost to Nintendo.

Apple IIe (1983)

  1. An early influential personal computer from Apple, popular for both educational purposes and gaming, with a wide range of software and games.

Atari Jaguar (1993)

  1. Promoted as the first 64-bit gaming system, it struggled with a small game library despite its advanced graphics.

Goldstar 3DO (1993)

  1. An early 32-bit system known for its high-quality graphics and sound but hindered by high costs and limited third-party support.

NEC TurboGrafx 16 (1989)

  1. Known for its small size and an impressive library of shoot-'em-up games.

Sega Master System (1985)

  1. Not as popular in the US but favored in Europe and Brazil, it featured enhanced graphics and sound over its competitors.

Sega Genesis (1989)

  1. Known for aggressive marketing against Nintendo and popular games like 'Sonic the Hedgehog', it was central to the console wars of the early 90s.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (1985)

  1. Revitalized the video game industry post-crash with iconic games like 'Super Mario Bros' and 'The Legend of Zelda'.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) (1991)

  1. Featured enhanced graphics and sound over its predecessor and a legendary game library including titles like 'Super Mario World'.

Sega CD (1992)

  1. An add-on to the Sega Genesis that used CD-ROMs for games, it offered enhanced graphics and sound but struggled with a limited game library.

Philips CD-i (1991)

  1. Marketed as an all-in-one home entertainment system, it is often remembered for its unsuccessful attempt to market video games.

Sega Saturn (1995)

  1. Focused on 2D and 3D video games, but struggled in the U.S. market against Sony’s PlayStation.

Sony PlayStation (1994)

  1. Dominated the late 90s with its CD-ROM format and strong third-party support, introducing franchises like 'Final Fantasy' and 'Metal Gear Solid'.

Nintendo 64 (1996)

  1. Introduced groundbreaking 3D graphics and popular games like 'Super Mario 64' and 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time'.

Sega Dreamcast (1999)

  1. Notable for pioneering online gaming and offering powerful hardware and innovative games, but ultimately short-lived.

Sony PlayStation 2 (2000)

  1. The best-selling video game console of all time, praised for its vast game library and backward compatibility.

Nintendo GameCube (2001)

  1. Offered a compact design with powerful hardware, memorable for games like 'Super Smash Bros. Melee' and 'The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker'.

Microsoft Xbox (2001)

  1. Brought PC gaming standards to the console market with powerful hardware and successful franchises like 'Halo'.

Nintendo Virtual Boy (1995)

  1. An early attempt at 3D gaming that failed commercially due to discomfort in use and limited game releases.

Nintendo Wii (2006)

  1. Revolutionized gaming with its motion controls, appealing to a broad demographic with games like 'Wii Sports' and 'Wii Fit'.

Microsoft Xbox 360 (2005)

  1. Known for its vast game library, online gaming through Xbox Live, and issues like the 'Red Ring of Death'.

Sony PlayStation 3 (2006)

  1. Introduced high-definition graphics, Blu-ray disc support, and significant advancements in online gaming.


Free Shuttle Service at Sci-Fi Valley Con!

Enjoy hassle-free transportation to Sci-Fi Valley Con with our complimentary shuttle service available on Saturday, November 9, from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Take advantage of the free overflow parking located at the Altoona Curve Baseball Stadium Parking Garage and hop on the shuttle for a smooth ride straight to the excitement of the convention.

Park & Ride Details:

  • Saturday Only: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Altoona Curve Baseball Stadium Parking Garage
  • Address: 1000 Park Ave, Altoona, PA 16602

Plan your visit with ease, park your car, and let our shuttle service take care of the rest. We look forward to making your Sci-Fi Valley Con experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible!

Altoona Curve Baseball Stadium Parking Garage
1000 Park Ave, Altoona, PA 16602



Tabletop Gaming at Sci-Fi Valley Con

Sci-Fi Valley Con is a haven for gamers, featuring an extensive array of tabletop gaming events hosted by Snake Eyes Gaming and Sentinels’ Keep Gaming Society. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the scene, we have something for everyone.

Gaming Variety

Our convention boasts a diverse selection of games, including:

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Warhammer 40,000
  • HeroClix
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Yu-Gi-Oh
  • Pokémon

Workshops and Activities

Explore our engaging workshops and activities designed for all skill levels, located in various areas of the convention:

Guest Panel Room 2:

What is Warhammer?:

  • Dive into the expansive worlds of Warhammer, blending sci-fi and fantasy. Discover the game's rich lore and dynamic gameplay. (Saturday, 6:00 PM)

Introduction to Tabletop Miniature Gaming:

  • Learn about the thrilling world of tabletop miniature gaming. Explore games like Warhammer 40k, Heroclix, and more. (Saturday, 2:30 PM)

Paint and Take Workshop Area:

Learn to Paint Miniatures:

  • Join our expert-guided workshop to paint your very own miniature. Perfect for both beginners and experienced painters. ($8 fee includes miniature and tools - Friday and Saturday at 7:00 PM, Sunday at noon)

Paint and Take:

  • Enjoy a relaxed painting session with a provided miniature and tools. Experts will be available for guidance. ($5 fee includes miniature and tools - All day Friday and Saturday, Sunday until 3:00 PM)

Trading Card Game Events

Participate in our Trading Card Game (TCG) events happening throughout the weekend:

Disney Lorcana Booster Draft:

  • Draft and play with the latest Disney Lorcana cards. (Friday at 5:00 PM, Saturday at 1:00 PM, Sunday at 11:00 AM)

Magic Commander Constructed Event:

  • Bring your own deck and join the Commander battles. (Friday and Sunday at 6:00 PM)

Heroclix $5 Battle Royale:

  • Draft and compete in Heroclix within small groups. Win points and draft prizes from the game pieces. (Saturday at 4:00 PM)

On-demand Learn to Play Demonstrations and Casual Play

Available all weekend, engage in casual play or learn new games including various card games, miniatures games, and board games like Blood Bowl, Star Wars Shatterpoint, and more.

With a full schedule catering to all interests and skill levels, Sci-Fi Valley Con is the ultimate destination for gaming enthusiasts looking to immerse themselves in the world of tabletop gaming.

Explore the Board Game Room at Sci-Fi Valley Con

At Sci-Fi Valley Con, immerse yourself in an extensive collection of over 100+ board games in our dedicated Board Game Room. Thanks to The Bodhana Group, attendees can enjoy access to a massive array of games throughout the weekend.

Whether you're a seasoned gamer looking to delve into complex strategies or a newcomer eager to try something fun and engaging, our Board Game Room offers endless opportunities for entertainment and discovery. The Bodhana Group brings their vast collection, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy from classic favorites to the latest hits in board gaming.

Come and join fellow gamers in friendly competition, learn new games from experienced players, and enjoy the thrill of gaming in a vibrant and welcoming environment. The Board Game Room is the perfect place to relax, challenge your mind, and have fun with friends old and new at Sci-Fi Valley Con.



Trivia at Sci-Fi Valley Con

Test your knowledge and compete for amazing prizes at the Sci-Fi Valley Con Trivia Tournaments! Join us on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to answer questions from a wide range of geeky categories and see if you can outsmart other attendees. Trophies and Best Buy gift cards await the top trivia masters!

Tournament Schedule:

  • Friday: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Gather your friends or come solo to take on challenging questions spanning across various fandoms and topics. Whether you're a sci-fi aficionado, a fantasy enthusiast, or a pop culture expert, our Trivia Tournaments offer a fun and competitive environment to showcase your trivia skills. Don't miss your chance to be crowned one of the biggest geeks at Sci-Fi Valley Con and win great prizes!



Engaging Workshops at Sci-Fi Valley Con

Dive into the world of creative craftsmanship with our exciting lineup of workshops at Sci-Fi Valley Con!

Paint and Take Workshops by Snake Eyes Gaming

All weekend long, Snake Eyes Gaming invites you to join their popular 'Paint and Take' workshops, conveniently located in the workshop area downstairs, next to the Gaming Rooms. For a nominal fee, we provide everything you need—a miniature, paints, and tools—along with expert guidance to help you paint your very own miniature. Whether you're a seasoned painter or a novice eager to learn a new skill, this workshop is a perfect creative outlet.

3D Printing and Foam Smithing by Snowtiger Designs

Explore the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing and the art of foam smithing with Snowtiger Designs. Visit their booth at Table D3 for live demonstrations and hands-on workshops throughout the convention. These sessions are great for anyone interested in learning more about 3D printing technologies and the techniques of foam smithing used in cosplay and prop making.

Whether you're looking to improve your painting skills or delve into new creative technologies, our workshops offer unique opportunities to learn from experienced professionals and take home your very own creations. Stop by and unleash your creativity at Sci-Fi Valley Con!