The seventh annual GeekFest opens Friday and features several celebrity guests, gaming tournaments and cosplay demonstrations, film screenings, workshops and other activities.
A celebration of all things science fiction, gaming, anime, technology and fantasy, GeekFest will be held on the campus of Central Texas College through Sunday.
Friday activities run from 6 to 10 p.m. and start with the family-friendly “Harry Potter Yule Ball” upstairs in the Student Center. Costumes are encouraged for the event.
LAN computer gaming, console and retro gaming tournaments will be offered downstairs.
In the Mayborn Science Theater, activities will include Pathfinder role playing, Dungeons and Dragons, the Artemis Spaceship simulator, live-action role-playing, tabletop gaming, science fiction film shorts, a screening of the film “Labyrinth” and more.
“This year’s event has more workshops and even more variety of activities than in year’s past,” said Jennifer Hetzel, GeekFest event committee member. “We even have more ‘Dr. Who,’ Harry Potter and ‘Star Wars’-themed activities such as trivia contests, games and workshops, which are always a favorite with the GeekFest crowd.”
Workshops throughout GeekFest include cosplay, anime, the dance and rave culture, comic book art, DIY armor, costuming, steampunk and filmmaking.
Other activities feature a vendor and artists’ gallery in the Anderson Campus Center, LARP demonstrations, costume cake decorating and anime drawing contests.
Celebrity guests will hold question-and-answer sessions during the weekend. The featured actors include Tim Thomas who portrayed the gamekeeper in the movie “The Hunger Games,” co-starred in the Syfy Channel movie “Ghost Shark” and has a lead role in the upcoming show “The Wasteland.”
He will meet guests from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Actor Christopher Douglas Reed, who is best known for his four-season run as Filthy Phil on the TV show “Sons of Anarchy,” will hold an audience Q&A session from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Actor and filmmaker Preston Corbell will discuss his journey and insights to making impactful films from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Other celebrity guests include artist Christopher McGowan, who will conduct a workshop for aspiring artists; progressive disc jockey Sephi Hakubi, who will spin tunes from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday; and author Gabrielle Faust, who will discuss her latest books and answer audience questions from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday events run from 10 a.m. to midnight and include numerous workshops, gaming and VIP meet-and-greets.
A Super Hero 5k run/walk will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the CTC Gym.
All participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and should meet at the gym by 8 p.m.
Saturday activities conclude with the annual screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on the planetarium screen.
A live simulcast featuring O’Brien’s Orchestra of Austin will perform along with the film. Seating for the movie starts at 9:30 and show time is 10 p.m.
GeekFest is open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Entertainment includes gaming tournaments, workshops, a cosplay lip sync battle and a screening of the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at 3 p.m.
Wristbands are required for all GeekFest patrons over the age of 12.
They can be purchased online at starsatnight.org/geekfest.
A three-day pass is $20 and a one-day pass is $10.
Wristbands purchased at the Mayborn Science Theater during GeekFest are $30 for the three-day pass and $15 for the one-day pass.
The wristband grants admission to all programs and dome activities including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and other films, the vendor area and transportation between buildings.
Discounts are available for door purchases for military personnel and family members.