May 26-29, 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

Balticon 57 has ended. Go to for information about Balticon 58.

Attending memberships may only be purchased at the door. Virtual memberships are available from the Registration portal.

Hotel location, parking discounts, and floor plans:

Balticon 57 Rocket Mail logo: line drawing of cartoon dragon riding a 1930's style rocket. whoosh!
Daily Convention Newsletter

A four-day celebration of Science Fiction and Fantasy!

Join over fifteen hundred fans of all backgrounds as we gather to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy with more than 300 hours of diverse programming, from award winning authors and publishers to twitch live-streamers, from cosplay experts to renowned scientists and tech innovators. Sing along with our filkers, soak in our stunning Art Show and Masquerade, laugh and cry at our Film Festival. We’ve got something for everyone.

Guests of Honor

Jane Yolen headshot
Author Guest of Honor: Jane Yolen
Adam Stemple and Jane Yolen
Special Guest: Adam Stemple
Technical Difficulties 2.0 - Three happy musicians in red shirts with guitars
Music Guest of Honor:
Technical Difficulties 2.0
Ariel Burgess headshot
Artist Guest of Honor:
Ariel Burgess
Bryan Jordan head shot
Fan Guest of Honor:
Bryan "Bellz" Jordan


05/29/23 – Hope to see you next year at Balticon 58.

05/29/23 – The Short Film Festival winners are listed in the Monday Rocket Mail issue and on the Short Film Festival page.

05/28/23 – The Masquerade winners are listed in the Sunday Rocket Mail issue.  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all entries.

05/25/23 – Over a dozen panels and events with have ASL interpreters.  The live streams will have closed captions.

05/20/23 – The on-line program schedule is live.

05/18/23 – The Anime schedule is up.

05/14/23 – The video schedule has been released.

05/13/23 – The Dealer Room vendor list is available.

04/16/23 – The short list for the Balticon Short Science Fiction Film Festival has been announced.

04/13/23 – The 2023 Compton Crook Award winner is Alex Jennings for The Ballad of Perilous Graves. Alex plans to attend in person.

03/28/23 – Jane Yolen will be unable to attend Balticon for health reasons. Her son, Adam Stemple, will attend on her behalf.

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The Maryland State Arts Council has provided a grant to support BSFS activities including Balticon. To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit