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!

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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!

AFM logoThis class will run from 9am to 5pm on Friday May 31st. 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 the details, including how to sign up, here.

This is a separately ticketed event.

Badger/Black Heart Airbrushing and Model Finishing Class

Badger & Black Heart logosSpend 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 May 31st. Limited to 16 participants. The class will feature Badger Air-brush Co. products and a new 1:2 scale bust that will debut at WonderFest and will be the painting subject for the class

Details to come…

This is a separately ticketed event.

Sci-Fi Modeling School

Iwata and TAG Team logosLearn 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 2019!

It’s a day-long workshop on Friday, May 31st, 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 model 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. 

Details to come…

This is a separately ticketed event.

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, Panels, and More!

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.

Details to come…

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.

Iwata logoAirbrush 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.

Kogar's Korner logoKogar’s Korner

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 celebrating the 50th anniversaries of PLANET OF THE APES and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, as well as the 25th anniversary of JURASSIC PARK. There will be plenty of eye candy on display.

Plus…big displays are coming from modelmakers Jason Eaton, Mike Salzo, Bill George, and Jim Creveling, including:

  • McQuarrie Sandcrawler
  • Large X-Wing
  • Battlestar Galactica Raider with 3-foot wingspan
  • 6-foot Medical Frigate
  • Space 1999 Eagle/Blockade Runner mashup
  • Death Star turrets

The displays just keep getting better!

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:

Crusade for Children logoWHAS 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.


Cat silhouetteFelines In Need
Your generous contributions help us continue our mission to care for the cats in our sanctuary, in feral & community cat colonies, and those we rescue and foster. It takes a village. Thank you all for your interest and support!

Felines in Need (“Corporation”) is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and corresponding provisions of future United States Internal Revenue law. The specific purposes for which the Corporation is formed are education and charitable acts toward people and animals, facilitating well-being, shelter, sustenance, medical care and relief of suffering, and activities consistent with such purposes and the nonprofit corporation laws of the State of Ohio and Section 501(c)(3).

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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 2019!

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 2019!

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 9:00 p.m. in the upstairs Theater B…

Friday Night Frights…details to come!

Fan-voted and presented at WonderFest!

Photo of Rondo awardsSaturday, 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

5:45 till 10 p.m. – FREE for WonderFest attendees

Are you an IRON MODELER?

Iron Modeler logoWhat 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! Sponsors to be announced!

Starts at 7 p.m. in Theater B

Saturday Night’s Chiller Cinema Live …details to come!

Our usual thrills, chills, laughs and spills (of the red variety) will rule the night.

Sunday Night June 2nd
7:30 p.m. at the hotel:

WonderFest 30th Anniversary Wrap Party!

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.

Program details are still to come. Stay tuned!

The Wrap Party ticket price is only $8 by keeping the food and drink ala carte.

Plus a cash bar.

Tickets are just $8 per person, sold at Admissions and at the door.

Food and drink sold separately.