May 24-27, 2024 (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, immerse yourself in our stunning Art Show and Masquerade, and laugh and cry at our Film Festival. We’ve got something for everyone.

Guests of Honor

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Writer Guest of Honor: L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a very popular and prolific author, with over 75 novels so far. He is best known for his Saga of Recluse fantasy series

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Editor Guest of Honor: Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams is the two-time Hugo Award winning Editor (in 2011 and 2012) of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which has won the Locus Award for Best Magazine multiple times.

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Music Guest of Honor: Rhiannon's Lark

Creator Alyssa Yeager’s solo project “Rhiannon’s Lark” has made appearances at sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming conventions with insightful lyrics, gorgeous vocals, and gentle humor.

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Artist Guest of Honor: Omar Rayyan

Omar Rayyan is an artist reminiscent of historical oil painters. After working as an illustrator for publishers  including Simon & Schuster, Random House and Hyperion/Disney, he’s now concentrating on paintings of whim and fantasy.

Go to the Guests of Honor page to see more of Balticon 58’s special guests.

Major Event Schedule

Registration opensFriday, 1 pm
Dealer Room opensFriday, 2 pm
Programming startsFriday, 4 pm
Art Show opensFriday, 5 pm
Opening CeremoniesFriday, 7 pm
MasqueradeSaturday, 8 pm
Short Film FestivalSunday, 7 pm
Art AuctionSunday, 2 pm
Balticon endsMonday, 5 pm


4/10/24 Program Participants are now listed.

4/9/24 The COVID-19 policy has been posted.

3/18/24 Masquerade pre-registration is open.

3/8/24 Artist sign-up for Art Show and Artist Alley is open.

3/7/24 Tom Doherty will attend Balticon 58 as the 2024 Heinlein Award winner.

11/13/23 – Online registration is open. Go to the Prices and Information page.

11/13/23 – See the Hotel page for information on booking a room at our special rate.

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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

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