As the new Star Trek film looms ever closer, more and more events celebrating Star Trek, from museum talks to Fed Con, are being announced. Here is a list of some of the best events for fans as they wait to see ST09 and in the days after the film, from now until May. The good news is that many of the events are free!
Conventional Wisdom: Special Late April – May Edition
Fed Con XVIII
(May 1st-3rd – Bonn Germany)
Arguably one of the best conventions in the history of Star Trek conventions, Fed Con has many great science fiction and Star Trek guests, including Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo. 99 Euro (3 day pass)
[more info: fedcon.de]
17th Annual Creation Entertainment Sci Fi Summit
(May 1st-3rd – Los Angeles, CA)
Star Trek guests include Jeri Ryan, Michelle Forbes, Michael Welch, and genre favorite Linda Hamilton among others. Event celebrates Star Trek and various science fiction franchises. Price: $73 (3 day pass)
[more info: creationent.com]
CruiseTrek Mini Con and Dinner
(May 9 from 4PM to 8PM – New York)
Join Dominic Keating, JG Hertzler, Robin Curtis, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong for dinner and a minicon. After the convention, many of the fans are going to see the new Star Trek movie together. Prices differ by ticket.
[more info: cruisetrek.com]
The Spirit of Star Trek
(April 26th and May 17th – First Presbyterian Church of Encino California)
Cohosted by Michael Westmore and Rev. Curtis Webster, this event discusses religion and Star Trek with Robert O’Reilly (April 26th) and Robert Picardo (May 17th). The event is free with required reservations (818-788-1147) and donation are welcome.
[more info at spiritofstartrek.com]
Esurance AT&T Park Star Trek Night (at Giants v Dodgers Baseball Game)
(April 27th – Park San Franciso)
For $20 fans get a seat at the Giants v Dodgers game in a special Star Trek section, an invitation to a pregame party, a Star Trek foam cheering item, and a complimentary beverage. There will also be a Star Trek costume contest and other surprises.
[more info at mlb.com]
The Star Trek Extravangza
(May 5 from 7-8PM – Warren Newport Public Library, Gurnee Illinois)
A free event hosted by Professor John Tenuto, the talk will feature a look at the history of Star Trek collectibles. Registration is required for the event.
[more info at http://wnpl.info]
Paley Panel: Star Trek Kirk v. ?
(May 7th at 6:30 PM – The Paley Center for Media of New York)
A panel of Star Trek experts discuss Captain James T. Kirk’s leadership abilities versus those of other science fiction greats. The event is free with paid admission to the Paley Center.
[more info at paleycenter.org]
Star Trek: A Comic History
(May 9th at 2PM – La Frontera Barnes & Noble Book Store Round Rock, Texas)
Author Alan Porter discusses his new book about the history of Star Trek comic books at this free event.
[more info: barnesandnoble.com]
A Star Trek XI Roddenberry Evening
(May 9 at 7PM – Santa Catalina Island’s Avalon Movie Theater
Hosted by Eugene Roddenberry Jr., the evening begins with a talk at 7PM entitled “Sharing the Legacy” and then a showing of the new Star Trek feature film. Prices differ by ticket.
[more info roddenberry.com]
Star Trek: USS Enterprise Presentation
(May 13th – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
A 15 minute presentation and question session with Margaret Weitekamp at the Smithsonian Museum. The event is free.
[more info: nasm.si.edu]
NOTE: This is is surely not comprehensive for every possible thing going on in the world. If you know of a similar event, contact the TrekMovie tip line.
ONGOING STAR TREK EXHIBITS
Star Trek: The Exhibition
(Detroit, MI & Philadelphia, PA)
The traveling Star Trek exhibition of props and costumes continues this Spring, opening in Philadelphia on May 16th
[more info (Detroit): detroitsciencecenter.org – (Philadelphia) fi.edu]
"Fascinating" – Exhibit
(Starts May 7th –Eberswalde, Germany )
Starting this May, fans will get to experience props from the show and movies and licensed merchandise (including a display of every Hallmark Christmas Ornament) at the Eberswalde Museum.
[more info: Website]