What is a membership? Is this like a ticket?

Worldcon does not use tickets. A Worldcon Membership makes you a member of WSFS (World Science Fiction Society) for the year.

Learn more about WSFS.

What are the different types of memberships?

There are two major types of memberships: Supporting and Attending.

Supporting memberships are for people who do not physically attend Worldcon.  Attending memberships are for those who physically come to the convention.

For Attending memberships there are two types: full convention or single day.  Full Attending memberships allow you to attend all 5 days.

Within Full Attending memberships there are different costs based on age.  We also offer discounted memberships to first responders and active duty military personnel.  Go to How to Register for more details.

What is included in a Supporting Membership?

A supporting membership gives you the ability to:

  • Nominate and vote for the current Hugo Awards
    (the nomination period has closed for this year but voting is open through end of July)
  • Nominate for next Hugo Awards
  • Purchase voting rights for site selection
  • Receive Worldcon76 publications including the souvenir book

What is covered by Attending Membership?

Attending membership gives you all the benefits of a Supporting member, plus allows you to attend the convention. 

At the convention, you can enjoy:

  • Programming with panels, music, films, lectures, readings, autographs, gaming and activities
  • Exhibits, Fanzine Lounge, Art Show and Dealers Room
  • Callahan’s Place (based on the Spider Robinson novels)
  • Events such as the Masquerade, Hugo Awards Ceremonies, First Night, performances and more
  • Cosplay
  • Participating in the WSFS Business Meeting

Note: some events might have capacity limits and some items are for adults 18+ only.

Are there Single Day Memberships and what is the pricing?

Yes, single day memberships will be sold beginning two weeks before Worldcon 76 begins. 

The planned pricing for each day:

  • Thursday, August 16 -- $50
  • Friday, August 17 -- $80
  • Saturday, August 18 -- $80
  • Sunday, August 19 -- $80
  • Monday, August 20 -- $50

You can buy just one Single Day membership or memberships for multiple days. Please check our registration page to compare whether it is economical for you to buy multiple single days or to purchase a Full Attending membership.

How do I purchase a membership?

Go to How to Register or register at the door.

Will there be “At the Door” sales?

Yes, you can register at the door as well as online. 

After purchasing a membership, will I receive a badge in the mail?

No.  Attending members will need to come to the Registration area at Worldcon 76 to pick up badges.

What are the hours for registration and where is it located?

Planned hours for registration are:

Date Hours
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Friday, August 17, 2018 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 18, 2018 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday, August 20, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Registration will be in “the Hub” at the San Jose Convention Center.

When walking in the front entrance of the Convention Center, continue through the lobby.  Registration is directly ahead. 

If entering from either end of the Convention Center, stay on the first level and walk ahead to registration, which will be just off the main hallway. 

Will members be able to pick up a badge for other members in their group?

Parents can pick up badges for children, but all adults and young adults must be present and show an ID to pick up their own badge.

What do I need to do in order to pick up my badge?

All adults and young adults must show a valid photo ID to pick up their badge.

In addition, we highly recommend, that you log in to the RegOnline system to check your data before coming to pick up your badge:

  • Make sure your ID matches the name in your membership record.
  • Make sure your Badge Name is the way you want it.
  • Make sure you have no balance due on your membership.

If you will have an issue with providing a valid photo ID, please contact the registration team in advance of the convention at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If I have a Supporting or Single Day membership, can I upgrade to Full Attending during the convention?

Yes. The price of the Supporting or Single Day membership will be credited towards the purchase of a Full Attending membership.