Des Moines' Annual Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming Convention
Down the Rabbit Hole
May 4 through May 6, 2018
Getting your name badge and registration packet
Your registration is picked up at the convention. We do not mail the memberships to you. Remember to bring your Photo ID so you can pick up your badges. If you do not have your photo ID, we cannot give you your badge to attend DemiCon. At the door registration and pre-registration badge pickup officially opens at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 4.
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A group room block with special rates has been reserved for DemiCon 29. A standard double room or a king executive room is $98 per night. Please make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you get a room. This room block closes April 1, 2018.
Note: The hotel has changed our room block code. The new code as of February 5, 2018 is: RBT.
There are other hotels around that you can stay at if you wish.
The Holiday Inn does allow animals on 1st floor only. They cannot be taken up to other levels.
How do I reserve my hotel room?
Option 1) Call the hotel directly at 515-278-4755 and ask to be placed in the DemiCon 29 room block (you can reference Group Code RBT).
(Important: Do not call the corporate Holiday Inn 1-800 number. Corporate customer service will tell you that there are no rooms available because they don’t’ understand how the convention room block works. If the front desk at the hotel is busy, there is a chance your call might roll over to the 1-800 number. If this happens, kindly ask that they transfer you back to the hotel front desk.)
You can purchase your DemiCon 29 memberships at the door if you missed the pre-registration. There will be weekend rates, day rates and Explorer Passes. Please bring your Photo ID to register.
Full Weekend Memberships
$65.00 weekend adult (full con access)
$25.00 weekend child 5 to 12 years of age (full con access), must be accompanied by an adult
Free for children 4 and under (full con access), must be accompanied by an adult
$30.00 Friday (full con access) expiring at midnight
$45.00 Saturday (full con access) expiring at midnight
$25.00 Sunday (full con access) expiring after closing ceremonies*
*Sunday Day Membership is FREE with pre-registration for DemiCon 30
$20.00 Friday explorer (access to programming, excludes 5th floor and hospitality suite) expiring at midnight
$30.00 Saturday explorer (access to programming, excludes 5th floor and hospitality suite) expiring at midnight
$20.00 Sunday explorer (access to programming, excludes 5th floor and hospitality suite) expiring at midnight
Credit card, cash or checks may be used at the door. See the FAQ page for additional information about registration (about half-way down the FAQ page under the heading “What is the cost to attend DemiCon?”).
As always, the DemiCon Art Show is open to all interested artists, both professional and amateur. The Art Show allows artists to share their work with our attendees. We promote Fantasy and Science Fiction art by helping artists to display and sell their work.
If you have any problems with the new system contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the Art Show contact email@example.com.
If you or your organization is interested in hosting a room party on Friday, Saturday, or both nights of the convention please review our Drinking Policy and the below guidlines. Then complete the sign-up form.
All room parties must be registered and will be placed on the 5th floor of the hotel.
No parties are permitted anywhere outside the 5th floor.
Deadline to sign-up to host a room party is April 1, 2018. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GUIDELINES FOR PARTY HOSTS:
The legal drinking age in Iowa is 21. This means that your birthday must be before May 4, 1997, in order for you to consume alcohol. Minors caught with alcohol or adults caught serving alcohol to minors need to be aware of the consequences of their actions. Please drink responsibly and act accordingly.
When posting signage for your party please use blue painters tape and be mindful not to damage the room or its contents.
If you have any issues, questions or concerns during your party, look for the roaming Rangers (identified by the bright yellow/green vests) or the Room Party Department Head.
Please post or otherwise provide information regarding potential allergy issues (nuts, etc.).
The DemiCon Dealers’ Room capacity is 28 table spaces. For DemiCon 29 we will be holding a juried selection for our vendors. This means that all prospective dealers will need to submit a Dealers’ Room application to be considered for having a space for vending at DemiCon 29.
Dealer tables are $35 per table (strict limit of 3 tables), and a convention membership will be required for worker at your table.
Applications must be received before 11:59 PM Central Time on December 1, 2017.
Selections will be made during the first two weeks of December. An email will be sent to each vendor the week of January 1-15 advising if they have been selected or if they are being placed on the waiting list.
Dealers will be required to pay for both convention memberships and their table space before their selection is considered final. The confirmation email you receive in September will include a summary of your application to confirm your information. Once your information has been confirmed you will be contacted with payment details.
If a dealer does not complete their payment or changes their mind about joining us for DemiCon 29 then those table spaces will be offered to those on our waiting list.
If you have any trouble completing your application, please contact email@example.com.