May the 4th weekend is just around the corner and it's time to order those Starfest 2014 tickets. Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate fans are celebrating the guest list. So far confirmed are Amanda Tapping, Nichelle Nichols, Tim Russ, Billy Dee Williams, and Suzie Plakson. Even Sir Patrick Stewart is still listed as invited and anxious Denver area fans wait to hear his confirmation. Starfest Convention takes place May 2-4 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. For over 35 years now, Starfest has enjoyed crowds filled with smiling faces of all ages that gather once a year to celebrate their love for Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Comics. Attendees spend months preparing for their kickass cosplay outfits, creative balcony decorations, and fun and informative panels, while still saving enough money to splurge in that all important dealers’ room. Then, of course, there is the annual Federation Ball on Saturday night where fans and sometimes even a celebrity or two, dance the night away before embarking upon the other popular tradition—room partying.
The organizers of Starfest really came through this year with some serious stars including the gorgeous actress Amanda Tapping who became a household name in the Sci-Fi world with her role as Major Samantha Carter in Stargate: SG1. She went on to star in Sanctuary, Stargate: Atlantis, and is now famous in the Supernatural fandom with her role as the tough angel Naomi in the eighth season of Supernatural. Star Wars fans are freaking out with the announcement of their own Lando Calrissian actor Billy Dee Williams. Trek fans are jazzed to find out that Tim Russ, Nichelle Nichols; hopefully Sir Patrick Stewart will be dropping by Starfest. Actor/director/musician Tim Russ has been busy with his highly anticipated new series Star Trek: Renegades. The iconic Trek actress Nichelle Nichols will again treat Starfest fans to fabulous stories and hopefully a song. Then there is another Trek alumn, Suzie Plakson, who is an American actress, singer, writer and artist known for roles in multiple Trek shows and lately found fame on How I Met Your Mother. The weekend is so full of fun that many arrive on Thursday night just to get a jump on things. This weekend long celebration is not to be missed.