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Star Trek fans from around the world will be transported to Las Vegas on August 1 – 5 for the galaxy’s largest annual Official Star Trek Convention. Organizers anticipate that over 15,000 attendees will convene at this decade-long Las Vegas tradition at The Rio Suites Hotel.

This Official Star Trek Convention will be highlighted by special presentations including:

 

  • Special panels, presentations, celebrity guests and a exhibit with costumes and props from the new hit Star Trek television series Star Trek: Discovery.

 

  • In-person stage appearances by three Star Trek Captains — William Shatner (classic Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, Saturday only); Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery’s Captain Gabriel Lorca, appearance day TBD); and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager’s Captain Janeway, Saturday only).

 

  • A salute to the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will include a special reunion stage appearance of three cast members dressed their characters Chase Masterson (Leeta), Max Grodenchik (Rom) and Aron Eisenberg (Nog).  Plus a special DS9 screening “Far Beyond Our Stars” followed by panel of cast member from this episode.  And, a special inside look at the upcoming DS9 documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Co-Directors Dave Zappone and Ira Steven Behr.

 

Other top starfleet-worthy celebrities set to appear include:  classic Star Trek’s George Takei (Sulu, Saturday and Sunday), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura, Wednesday – Friday) and Walter Koenig (Chekov, Friday only); Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager, Thursday only), Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek:  The Next Generation, Wednesday and Thursday), Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd from Star Trek: Discovery and The Office, day TBA), Michael Welch (Artim from Star Trek: Insurrection, on Wednesday) in his first Las Vegas Convention appearance; and many more.

In addition to celebrities, the non-stop theatrical show will include behind-the-scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, no- minimum bid auctions of unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind items, and special fan-made music videos. The exhibit hall will boast major companies and distributors selling and displaying Star Trek and sci-fi collectibles from across the universe.
Along with nighttime Star Trek themed parties, the Star Trek Saturday Evening Gala Celebration will return with the Nevada Pops Orchestra Star Trek: Concert Live.  This special night features Maestro Richard McGee and with a 45-piece orchestra.  Special quest conductors will include Michael Giacchino (“Star Trek Into Darkness, and Beyond Suite”), Jeff Russo (world premiere orchestral performance of his score “Star Trek: Discovery”), and Dennis McCarthy (The Deep Space Nine Suite). The concert will take place Saturday, August 4 at 9:30 p.m. (a separate ticket of $50 is required for general admission).

For cosplayers, Saturday is the day!  The Costume Competition with celebrity judges, special on-stage costume panels, the annual Costume Parade throughout the convention, and a number of cosplayer meet ups are all scheduled. Garak’s Tailor and Repair will be returning to handle any emergency costume repairs for free throughout the weekend. Attendees can walk down the “Creation Promenade” and find talented craftspeople providing free souvenirs, as well as several surprising maximum-sized photo ops backdrops.

Are you going to head over to the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas? Nerdbot can’t wait to see you there! Which season of Star Trek was the best? Let’s get the conversation going in the comments!

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