The Maryland Regional
Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2016

We are happy to accept your mail-in registration.

You can print this Balticon 49 Mail-In Registration Form and complete it by hand, or use the handy PDF fill-in form to complete it on your computer, then print and mail with your payment.

Guest of Honor: Jo Walton Jo Walton

Artist Guest of Honor: Ruth Sanderson

Erica Neely Music Guest of Honor: Erica Neely

Author Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Compton Crook Award 32 novel Fire With Fire:

Dr. Charles E. Gannon

                        Author of Compton Crook Award 33 novel : To be announced

Heinlein Award Medal 2014 Heinlein Award Recipient: To be announced

Ghost of Honor:   CJ Henderson   CJ Henderson (1951 – 2014)

Fan Ghost of Honor: JoeMayhewCartoon      JoeMayhew
Joe Mayhew    (1942 – 2000)

A Four Day, 24-hours-a-day Extravaganza!

Over 400 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area’s largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer’s room, concerts, dances, gaming room, computer room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.

There will be sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed. For details, please speak to the Special Needs Liaison at the Volunteer Desk, located at the bottom of the escalator.

Download the Balticon 49 flyer!


Most areas of the convention will close by 2:00 am each night with the exception of the Anime (Salon E) and Video Rooms (Salon F and overnight in the Belmont Room), and the Con-suite. These will be open 23 hours a day, allowing one hour down time for housekeeping.


Location Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Art Show
(Hunt Ballroom)
5:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
10:00 am
to 9:00 pm
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
(Garden Rm)
Sunday 2:00 pm — Sales open Sunday 2:15 pm
Balticon Operations
(Hunt Ballroom Foyer)
Friday 2:00 pm – Monday 5:00 pm — Round the clock
Lost & found, security issues, late night registration, to locate a specific Balticon staff person, etc.
Con Suite
(Location TBA)
Friday 4 pm through Monday 2 pm — Round the clock
Dealers Room
(MD Ballroom /Foyer)
4:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
10:00 am
to 6:00 pm
10:30 am
to 5:00 pm
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Hal Haag Memorial Game Room
(Tack Rm)
5:00 pm
to 2:00 am
9:00 am
to 2:00 am
9:00 am
to 2:00 am
9:00 am
to 5:00 pm
Open Filk 10:00 pm
to 4:00 am
(Salon C-D)
10:30 pm
to 4:00 am
(Garden Rm)
10:00 pm
to 3:00 am
(Salon C-D)
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
(Garden Rm)
(Valley Ballrm Foyer)
2:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
8:45 am
to 9:00 pm
8:45 am
to 7:00 pm
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm

See the “Who’s Coming” page for more information.

A list of potential program ideas will be available soon.

Send your program ideas to the program coordinators. Please include a brief descriptive paragraph, format (panel, roundtable, presentation, workshop) and whether you would like to be the presenter, moderator or a panelist for the item. The program coordinators will see that your suggestions get to the right program track coordinators. We welcome program suggestions year round. While those received after Feb. 15, 2015, are not as likely to find a program slot in the 2015 Balticon, they will certainly be included in the ideas considered for the next few years.

On-line and mail-in registration are both closed.


Membership Rates are:

  • $55.00 for adults and $27.00 for children (age 6-12) till February 28, 2015
  • $60.00 for adults and $30.00 for children (age 6-12) from March 1 through April 15, 2015
  • $65.00 for adults and $33.00 for children (age 6-12) after April 15, 2015
  • Daily rates will be posted the day online registration closes.

To pre-register by mail:

Download the Mail-In Registration Form. You can open this form in Acrobat Reader and complete it on your computer (don’t fill in credit card info), then print it and mail with your payment. Please DO NOT EMAIL forms containing credit card information.

For more information about Balticon Registration, please go to the REGISTRATION PAGE.

If you have further questions, please email

Balticon Podcasts! There will be Podcasting during Balticon 49, if you need some information before arriving at the con, or if you want to listen to our recent podcast interviews, check out our web site:


The Balticon 49 hotel is the Hunt Valley Inn (a Wyndham affiliate), 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA. (Phone: 410-785-7000)

More information and a link to Reservations can be found on the HOTEL page.

If you have further questions please email:

Maryland law prohibits indoor public smoking. The only place smoking is allowed on hotel grounds is a designated smoking area outside of the hotel front entrance.

Any alcoholic beverages served in public spaces at the hotel must be served by hotel employees.


If you require special services for ADA or other access from the convention, please contact us at (preferably before May 10, 2015) and we will attempt to accommodate your needs. It is helpful if we know of your need for a Sign Language Interpreter as early as possible.


Costume Weapons:

Costume weapons must be inspected and peace bonded. Taking costume weapons outside the hotel will create conflict; please do not take anything that looks like a weapon outside the hotel.

Harassment Policy:

Click here for the Balticon/BSFS Harassment Policy

Function Rooms:

No alcohol served in function rooms, including the Garden Room.