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Next ‘Fest: June 1-2, 2024 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

WonderFest 2024, June 1 & 2

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PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $33 for 1-day, $48 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $12 for 1-day, $18 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rate at the Crowne: $142 per night! It’s convenient to stay in our show hotel with an award-winning restaurant
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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring the Bourbon Trails and more.
Fun in Louisville…

MEET THE 2024 GUESTS

More announcements to come in early 2024. Keep watching this site!

JOE DANTE

JOE DANTE

Director: Gremlins, Piranha, The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, Small Soldiers, The 'Burbs

BELINDA BALASKI

BELINDA BALASKI

Artist, writer & actress: Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins 1 & 2, Matinee, Food of the Gods

FON DAVIS

FON DAVIS

Production designer, modelmaker: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline

ROB WIETHOFF

ROB WIETHOFF

Voice actor, producer: Red Dead Redemption 1 & 2

CHERYL SPARKS

CHERYL SPARKS

Huey drone performer in Silent Running

NICK TATE

NICK TATE

Actor: SPACE: 1999, Lost, Pretty Little Liars, The Devil's Playground, The Blacklist

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director: Creepshow, I Hate Kids, Black Roses, Zombie Nightmare

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

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THE AMAZING MODEL CONTEST

Greatest in the World for Imaginative Modelers!

The WonderFest “Amazing” Model Contest is focused on all types of science-fiction, horror and comics models. It’s the biggest contest of its type in America, and it’s fun to look at even if you don’t build models yourself!

The contest is sponsored by Amazing Figure Modeler magazine, which is providing a special $300 award for the Most Amazing Figure!

Entry Hours:  Saturday, June 1st, from 8 a.m. ’til Noon

  • $15.00 per first 2 models for adults, up to 8 additional entries free
  • $10.00 per first 2 models for teens, up to 8 add’l entries free (ages 13-19)
  • Free for ages 12 & under

With over 1,049 entries in 2023, it filled an entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

All weekend! Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler!
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Iron Modeler

Teams are given a “base model,” a big pile of parts, and 4 hours to build the craziest model with only what they’ve got. Best model & presentation wins!
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The Rondo Awards

4pm Saturday! Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans. Recognize the best in print, film, web, art, media, toys and models!
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Sunday Wrap Party

Sunday night at 7:30 celebrate the end of the show with exclusive programming! Optional a la carte food and cash bar.
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WHAT IS WONDERFEST?

A weekend of wonder in Louisville!

WonderFest is a weekend of hobby escape that’s held every Summer in Louisville, Kentucky USA!

Now in its 34th year, WonderFest features movie special effects guests, the largest model contest in the U.S. for sci-fi, horror & comics-related subjects, model and toy dealers galore, and seminars to entertain and improve hobbyists of all ages!

It’s always held at our mothership, the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

They help make this event possible!

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WONDERFEST LATEST NEWS

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1 day ago
WonderFest USA

The Black Heart/Badger Friday class is now open for Registration.Registration is now open for the 2024 Black Heart Models/Badger Airbrush model finishing class at WonderFest USA. Check out the details at static.madedaily.com/files/d2833958-c131-40de-b92b-f899af736d95/61839/WFest%202024%20class%20flye.... last year's class sold out quickly. We expect the same for this year's class. ... See MoreSee Less

The Black Heart/Badger Friday class is now open for Registration.
3 days ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:
Please help us welcome back legendary artist WILLIAM STOUT! From underground comix and album art from the LA rock scene to movie posters (WIZARDS) and production design (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, CONAN THE DESTROYER) to consistently dazzling the world of paleo-art and dinosaur science, Bill is a master. We're honored to have his art on our t-shirts, too!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com

#wonderfest2024 #williamstout #paleoart #returnofthelivingdead
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: 
Please help us welcome back legendary artist WILLIAM STOUT!  From underground comix and album art from the LA rock scene to movie posters (WIZARDS) and production design (RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, CONAN THE DESTROYER) to consistently dazzling the world of paleo-art and dinosaur science, Bill is a master. Were honored to have his art on our t-shirts, too!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com

#wonderfest2024 #williamstout #paleoart #returnofthelivingdead
3 days ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:
Fan fave FRANK DIETZ is back! He's an actor, artist, and screenwriter! Horror fans may recognize him from ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, and THE JITTERS—or from his writing credit on the TV series CREEPSHOW. His season 2 episode, "Pesticide," was directed by our friend and occasional guest GREG NICOTERO! Frank is featured in the 80's horror movie documentary IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART III. Catch a comedy film Frank scripted, I HATE KIDS, over on Amazon Prime. Frank's upcoming book from BearManor Media is "Monsters, Movies, and Me."

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com

#wonderfest2024 #frankdietz #sketchythings #creepshow #blackroses #paintthetownred #80shorror #cultclassic #horrorcommunity #horrorfam #MutantFam
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:
Fan fave FRANK DIETZ is back! Hes an actor, artist, and screenwriter! Horror fans may recognize him from ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, BLACK ROSES, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE, and THE JITTERS—or from his writing credit on the TV series CREEPSHOW. His season 2 episode, Pesticide, was directed by our friend and occasional guest GREG NICOTERO! Frank is featured in the 80s horror movie documentary IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART III. Catch a comedy film Frank scripted, I HATE KIDS, over on Amazon Prime. Franks upcoming book from BearManor Media is Monsters, Movies, and Me. 

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com

#wonderfest2024 #frankdietz #sketchythings #creepshow #blackroses #paintthetownred #80shorror #cultclassic #horrorcommunity #horrorfam #MutantFam
3 days ago
WonderFest USA

Just wanted to get the word out that the scammers are at it again this year.
Please make sure when making reservations at any hotels in the area for the show that you contact them directly. Scammers are sending advertisements for special room rates at various hotels that are not legitimate. Be alert, and make sure that you are dealing with the legitimate business. Do not accept these unsolicited advertisements at face value.

Dave
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1 week ago
WonderFest USA

HOTEL UPDATE: Our mothership hotel, the Crowne Plaza is very close to full! They have added rooms to our group block a couple of times but now only a night here or there is available. Luckily, there are several other hotels very close by. Here's their contact info:

Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport
819 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 368-5678

Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport
810 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 792-8800

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Airport
820 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 361-9009

Hampton Inn Louisville-Airport
800 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 366-8100

Residence Inn by Marriott
700 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 363-8800

Rodeway Inn
571 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 361-5008

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #wonderfesthobbyexpo
... See MoreSee Less

HOTEL UPDATE: Our mothership hotel, the Crowne Plaza is very close to full! They have added rooms to our group block a couple of times but now only a night here or there is available. Luckily, there are several other hotels very close by. Heres their contact info:

Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport
819 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 368-5678

Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport
810 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 792-8800

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Louisville Airport
820 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 361-9009

Hampton Inn Louisville-Airport
800 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 366-8100

Residence Inn by Marriott
700 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 363-8800

Rodeway Inn
571 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY 40209 | (502) 361-5008

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #wonderfesthobbyexpo
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