May 26-29, 2023 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

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
Ariel Burgess headshot
Artist Guest of Honor: Ariel Burgess
Three happy musicians in red shirts with guitars
Music Guest of Honor: Technical Difficulties 2.0
Bryan Jordan head shot
Fan Guest of Honor: Bryan "Bellz" Jordan
John Scalzi headshot
2023 Heinlein Award: John Scalzi
Daphne Arthur headshot, wearing a sunhat
Ghost of Honor: Daphne Eftychia Arthur

Compton Crook Award Winners

P. Djèlí Clark signing autograph
P. Djèlí Clark, 2022 Compton Crook Award
Micaiah Johnson headshot
Micaiah Johnson, 2021 Compton Crook Award

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02/26/23 – Dressing up as your favorite SF/F character is part of the Balticon experience.  See the Costuming page for information about cosplay and the masquerade.

01/30/23 – We are pleased to announce that Technical Difficulties 2.0 will be our Music Guest of Honor.

01/24/23 – John Scalzi, novelist and internet personality, is the 2023 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award! He will be attending Balticon 57, to accept his award.

12/7/22 – Purchase your memberships online at

11/22/22 – Reserve your hotel room at a special rate.  See the Hotel page.

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