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frequently asked questions

WHERE is sci-fi valley con?

Sci-Fi Valley Con is held at the Blair County Convention Center located at One Convention Drive in Altoona, PA.

Click the “Hotels & Directions” tab for directions and more information.

WHEN is sci-fi valley con?

June 9-11, 2023

what are the hours of operation?

  • ◉ Friday: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • ◉ Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • ◉ Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


All attendees six-years and older need a ticket to enter the convention. Please note, Sci-Fi Valley Con recommends minors to attend with an adult, and all children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available on the website under the “Buy Tickets” tab or at the door.

Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at the door the day of the show. You can purchase tickets for 1 day or 3 days.

We recommend getting the 3 day pass to get advance seating before everyone else for all celebrity guest Q&A panels (very limited seating available in panels).


are tickets refundable?

No, all ticket sales are considered final. No refunds.

3 day passes PERKS?

The 3 day pass gives you admission for all 3 days and advance seating before everyone else for all celebrity guest Q&A panels (very limited seating available in panels). You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to panel beginning.

are vendor tables refundable?

No, all vendor table sales are considered final. No refunds.

can i take pictures?

For the most part, you’re welcome to take still pictures and video at Sci-Fi Valley Con.

Also, please understand that guests may or may not pose for photographs with fans. Guests have a right to their privacy, and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.

If a guest wishes to take photographs with fans (99% do), they will be charging a small fee for table selfies and for participating in Professional Photo Ops.

Professional Photo Ops will available at the show at scheduled times, this is the best thing to do if you want a nice 8×10 photograph printed at the event with the celebrity guest.

Sci-Fi Valley Con will also attract press, by attending you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera.

Can I get autographs?

Yes, all celebrity guests charge a fee for their autograph. Prices will be listed on the website and in the event program at the show.

Guests will sign autographs at their assigned booths during the event. A general autograph schedule will be posed in the event program and on the website when the show begins.

Sci-Fi Valley Con’s schedule is progressing and will be updated regularly.

Guests will not sign bootleg merchandise. Guests may limit the number of items they sign. Guests may or may not pose for photographs with fans.

what does sci-fi valley con think of weapons?

Please read this entire policy before attending Sci-Fi Valley Con. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund. The following items are generally forbidden at Sci-Fi Valley Con:

  • ◉ Functional firearms
  • ◉ Realistic replica firearms (anything that can be confused for real firearms. Must have brightly-colored cap or tip)
  • ◉ Functional projectile weapons (such as BB or pellet guns)
  • ◉ Sharpened or live metal-bladed
  • ◉ Explosives
  • ◉ Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • ◉ Excessive noise items
  • ◉ Unholstered Whips

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of light materials. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with a brightly-colored cap. Prop bows will be allowed providing arrows do not accompany or arrows have soft tips.

Weapons can be bought and sold provided they remain in sheaths or boxes during display and sale.

Contact us at: info@scifivalleycon.com if you have questions regarding your prop.

is there Wifi?

Yes, 3-megabit fiber high-speed internet is available at the Blair County Convention Center.

what do i do i find/lost something?

Please bring all found items to the front admissions table.

what if i'm harassed?

Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at Sci-Fi Valley Con. If it’s illegal outside the convention, it’s illegal inside the convention. Harassment is grounds for removal from the convention and potential legal action. We want Sci-Fi Valley Con to be a safe, open, and accepting environment for all fans, and please bring harassment complaints immediately to Sci-Fi Valley Con's Office.

will there be security?

Yes, Sci-Fi Valley Con will have both armed and unarmed security during all public hours.

Visitors will be asked to check all bags for weapons upon entry. All prop weapons will be checked by security as well.

Our job is the ensure the safety of everyone at Sci-Fi Valley Con. Thank you for your cooperation.

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