DAYTIME / AFTER-HOURS
There's always too much to do at WonderFest!
The days are packed with events. Once the show closes at 5, we fill the nights with fun events, too. Don’t miss out!
Click a topic to expand the description.
Our Friday workshops are separately ticketed and are run by their various sponsors. They are a great opportunity to learn in-depth modeling skills from masters of the craft.
Amazing Figure Modeler’s Model Boot Camp
Come for the instruction, leave with the knowledge!
This class will run from 9am to 5pm on Friday June 1st. The main focus will be translating two-dimensional painting effects onto a three-dimensional bust. Students will receive the bust and paints! In addition, students receive a free four-issue subscription to AFM!
Seating is limited. >>Read all the details here.
This is a separately ticketed event.
Badger/Black Heart Airbrushing and Model Finishing Class
Spend a day learning to paint on a fantastic work of art, thanks to Badger Airbrush and Black Heart!
The class will run from 9am to 3pm on Friday June 1st. Limited to 16 participants. The class will feature Badger Air-brush Co. products and a new 1:2 scale Sil (Species) bust sculpted by Daniele Angelozzi will debut at WonderFest and will be the painting subject for the class.
This is a separately ticketed event.
Sci-Fi Modeling School
Learn airbrushing techniques at our hands-on classes!
TAG Team Hobbies and Iwata-Medea are teaming up to bring you you SCI-FI MODELING SCHOOL at WonderFest 2018!
It’s a day-long workshop on Friday, June 1st, from 9am-4pm.
Learn airbrush techniques you can use for spaceships and just about any other modeling subject: aging, paint chipping and more.
Start the day with practice controlling and cleaning a double action airbrush. The rest of the day you’ll use your new and/or improved skills to paint up a pre-primed A Wing kit in your own color scheme and markings.
Take your spaceship home with you along with the other goodies in the Basic Package from class!
The Friday workshop is a separately ticketed event.
Limited to the first 12 paid students. >>Read all the details here.
Two great Dealer’s Rooms, open 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dealers from around the world will be set up at more than 160 tables.
Early Bird tickets are available to get in two hours early on Saturday morning. See the Admissions booth.
Guest Talks and Panels
Our celebrity guests will participate in talks and panels to share their very entertaining stories. All topics and times listed are tentative and subject to change. Check the purple Pocket Guide when you arrive at the Admissions booth.
To be announced…
To be announced…
Learn modeling techniques from other great modelers. Because the FUN is BUILDING!
WonderFest continues our commitment to the art of model making with an expanded demo lineup!
Figure and Hardware demos: These presentations by modelers change every year and usually last from 30 minutes to an hour, (or even two). They’re planned to focus on major modeling topics and skills demonstrations. Some will allow the viewers to go hands-on and try the techniques shown.
>>See the full daytime Demo Schedule.
Airbrush 101: During WonderFest weekend, sign up for one of six FREE 75-minute, hands-on classes (limit 12 students each class), staged and sponsored by Iwata. They’re offered 3 times each day of the show. No charge for WonderFest attendees. >>Follow this email link to sign up.
Props, monsters, art and costumes
…And the stuff that (scary) dreams are made of!
Every year the WonderFest exhibits keep getting better, thanks to friends throughout the hobby.
Our annual exhibit tables in Dealer Room B, inspired by the collection of Bob Burns!
Thanks to collector Tony Hardy and his talented friends, Kogar’s Korner is always packed with eye candy!
Plus…more incredible studio scale models as you’ve come to expect. Watch our news feed for details.
Two ways to win & help others
Every year at WonderFest there’s a Raffle and Silent Auction to benefit worthwhile charities.
Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
This incredible effort has raised more than $22,000–while hobbyists have taken home startling goodies–thanks to the generosity of many donors and friends of WonderFest.
About our Charities:
For the RAFFLE:
WHAS Crusade for Children, P.O. Box 1100, Louisville, KY 40201
Established in 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children has collected more than $160 million and has helped over one million physically or mentally handicapped children in Kentucky and Indiana. Money collected helps fund new medical equipment, teachers, therapists, laboratories, computers, speech training and much, much more. The WHAS Crusade for Children is a 501-c (3) non-profit organization.
For the SILENT AUCTION:
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Founded in 1954, Guiding Eyes for the Blind is one of the foremost guide dog training schools in the country. Some 160 student/guide dog teams each year benefit from their services. It now costs $25,000 to breed, raise and train each of the remarkable dogs that is matched with a blind partner. Yet Guiding Eyes charges no tuition. The dogs, training, students’ room and board for 26 days, and lifetime follow-up support are all free. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a 501-c (3) non-profit organization, which receives no government assistance.
Build a model and keep it!
In the free Make-It & Take-It Workshop, kids age 16 and under can learn how to build a model—and then take it home.
Open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday in the Hancock Room
This workshop is a great place for beginners to try modeling without fear. Best of all, it’s free! First-time modelers age 16 and under can learn to build a model—with help from a crew of patient and experienced volunteers—and then take the finished model home!
Thanks to our sponsor, Starship Modeler, for providing the kits this year! And, as in the past, Starship Modeler will be organizing the amazing volunteer troops.
There’s no better way to bring a new generation into our fantastic hobby!
7pm – 9pm in the Main Hallway!
Say Hello to WonderFest 2018!
Join us as we s-p-r-e-a-d out the Friday night ‘Fest fun with a meet & greet party in the Crowne Plaza’s main convention hallway — with preview displays and special sponsor presentation rooms! Pick up a drink in the hotel bar, meet your modeling friends or online contacts and celebrate “WonderFest Eve” for 2018!
Sponsored by WonderFest USA!
7pm – 10pm in the Madison Room!
Meet and Greet!
- Test Drive Iwata Airbrushes and Compressors.
- Talk with experienced Iwata representatives.
- Meet Iwata artists and see some of their work.
Sponsored by TAG Team Hobbies and Iwata Airbrush!
Friday at 9 p.m. in the upstairs Theater B…
Program to be announced…
Fan-voted and presented at WonderFest!
Saturday, 5 p.m. in Upstairs Theater A
The Rondos are fandom’s only classic horror awards decided by fans, for fans! We’re happy to welcome David Colton and company back to WonderFest for their live awards presentation for the best in print, film, web, art, media, toys and models… in short, just about everything that makes our monstrous world go ’round! Help celebrate their 15th anniversary!
So make a date with Rondo for Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in Upstairs Theater A to celebrate.
Learn more about the much-coveted acromegalics at www.rondoaward.com.
5:45 till 10 p.m. – FREE for WonderFest attendees
Are you an IRON MODELER?
What is Iron Modeler? Well, have you ever seen the “Iron Chef” show on the Food Network? It’s like that, but with models. Eight 3-person teams are given a “base item” (could be a kit, could be a random item), a big pile of parts, greeblies and assorted castaway household items, and 4 hours to build the best model they can out of what they’ve got.
A spray booth and paints are provided as well, but teams need to bring any glue or tools. At the end of four hours, the models are judged by and the Iron Modeler champion team is crowned, giving them bragging rights for the next year. Oh, and there’s prizes too.
Official start time is 6pm, but you can arrive any time after 5:30 to setup your table. Teams should arrive no later than 5:45. If your team is not there by the 6pm start time, another team will your place.
It’s competitive fun! Sponsored by Moebius Models (base kit), Iwata/TAG Team (airbrushes), Garage Kits.US Colors (paints) and Starship Modeler for organizing it!
Starts at 7 p.m. in Theater B
Program to be announced…
Sunday Night June 3rd
7:30 p.m. at the hotel:
WonderFest Wrap Party ’18
Don’t miss …Food and drink, plus exclusive programming!
Kick back and celebrate the close of an incredible WonderFest weekend. Choose to eat at the event ala carte, take advantage of the cash bar, or just come for the fun programming! It’s a chance to hang with friends before everyone heads home for another year. Besides the customary presentations to our guests, we’ll have special programs lined up for the evening—to be announced.
The ticket price is only $8 by keeping the food and drink ala carte. Tentative food items for purchase include:
- BBQ pork sandwich
- Grilled hamburger
- Grilled breast of chicken
- Steak fries
- Corn on the cob
- Cole slaw.
Tickets are just $8 per person, sold at Admissions and at the door.
Food and drink sold separately.