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Welcome to Balticon 56!

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is holding Balticon 56 as a hybrid in-person/virtual convention Memorial Day weekend, May 27—30, 2022.

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Floor 5
Dealer Room, Main Tent, Art Show, Con Ops, Fan Tables, Gaming, Restaurant, Autographs, Science, Artist Alley, Con Suite, Crafters and Conversation Area
Floor 6
Quiet Lounge, Medical, Video, Music, Readings
Floors 7 & 12
Children's, Makers, Costuming, Workshops
Turn right after exiting elevator lobby to find program rooms.

Quick Reference

All times are listed in EDT.

Accessibility: Floor 5, Atrium
Fri1 PM—10 PM
Sat10 AM—7 PM
Sun10 AM—5 PM
Mon10 AM—1:30 PM
Art Show: Floor 5, Maryland A/B
Fri5 PM—7 PM & 8 PM—9 PM
Sat10 AM—8 PM
Sun10 AM—1 PM & 2 PM—5 PM
Mon11 AM—2 PM
Artist Alley: Floor 5, Atrium
Fri2 PM—7 PM
Sat & Sun10 AM—7 PM
Mon10 AM—2 PM
Table hours may vary for participation in panels, workshops, or other events.
Con Ops: Floor 5, Fells Point (past elevators)
Friday 2 PM through Monday 5 PM
Phone: 410-986-4818
Con Suite: Floor 5, Baltimore A
Fri4 PM—2 AM
Sat & Sun8 AM—2 AM
Mon8 AM—2 PM
Food service ends by Monday 1 PM.
Crafters and Conversation Area: Floor 5, back or Baltimore B
Same hours as Dealer Room.
Dealer Room: Floor 5, Baltimore B & Maryland E/F
Fri2 PM—7 PM
Sat & Sun10 AM—7 PM
Mon10 AM—2 PM
Hal Haag Memorial Game Room: Floor 5, Federal Hill
Fri6 PM—2 AM
Sat & Sun10 AM—2 AM
Mon10 AM—4 PM
Hall Costumes:
Photo backdrops in Floor 5, Atrium.
Con com members will be on the lookout for great costumes!
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Info Desk: Floor 5, Atrium
Same hours as Registration; after hours see Con Ops.
Registration: Floor 5, Atrium
Fri 4 PM—7 PM & Sat 10 AM—Noon
Green Room: Homeland
Sat 6 PM — end of Masquerade
Fan Photography: Hallway between dealer rooms
opens 9 PM
Workmanship Judging: Watertable
opens 6:30 PM
Return of judged materials: Maryland C/D
Sunday 11:30 AM (@Show and Tell)
Medical: Floor 6, Room 6017
Fri1 PM—3 AM
Sat & Sun9 AM—3 AM
Mon10 AM—2 PM
Open Filk: Floor 6, Kent
Fri10 PM—2 AM
Sat & Sun10 PM—2 AM
Mon2:30 PM—7 PM
Registration: Floor 5, Atrium
Please have your ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination ready to be verified at badge pickup.
Fri1 PM—10 PM
Sat8:45 AM—7 PM
Sun8:45 AM—5 PM
Mon10 AM—1:30 PM
Reporting: All reports can be made anonymously.
COVID-19 exposure:
  • If you suspect you have contracted COVID during the con, please contact Con Ops at 410-986-4818. Someone will bring a rapid test to your hotel room.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID or test positive within 10 days of the con, please report it immediately to to facilitate contact tracing.
Code of Conduct violations and harassment can be reported
  • with Con Ops in Fells Point,
  • by email to,
  • or by phone, using the number posted at Ops.
Sales Table: Floor 5, outside Federal Hill
Fri2 PM—6:30 PM
Sat & Sun10:30 AM—7:30 PM
Mon10:30 AM—3 PM
Smoking Area: Floor 7, Fresh Air Patio
7 AM — 10 PM daily
Volunteer Desk: Floor 5, Atrium (with Sales)
Same as Sales.
Watertable Restaurant and Bar: Floor 5
  • Bar open to 1 AM nightly (later if there's a crowd)
  • Restaurant will be open normal hours,
    offering buffets at Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (5 PM—), with takeout container option.
  • No room service available this year.
Wifi: all areas
Password: Balticon

Invited Participants Only:

Program Ops: Floor 5, Fells Point (past elevators)
Please check in when you arrive.
FriNoon—9 PM
Sat9 AM—9 PM
Sun9 AM—2 PM
After hours see Con Ops.
Green Room: Floor 12, Presidential Suite
Fri3 PM—8:30 PM
Sat9:30 AM—8 PM
Sun9:30 AM—8:30 PM
Mon9:30 AM—3 PM

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