August 16-20, 2018
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Worldcon (the World Science Fiction Convention) is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians and other creators, first held in New York City in 1939. Worldcon is held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. Worldcon 76 will be held in San Jose, California, in August 2018. It's being organized by a committee sponsored by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., a California public benefit corporation.

  • No firearms, airsoft weapons, tazers, batons, pepper spray, or replicas of guns. No functional bows and arrows. Any prop guns must look like a prop from 50 feet away. This is for your safety and for the safety of our other members.
  • No costume may generate odor, smoke, or fog, or have overly bright or flashing lights.
  • No live steel. Live steel is defined as swords, knives, or other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. Dull metal weapons are considered live steel, and therefore are not permitted.
  • No metal or wood bats, metal pipes, or long metal chains.
  • Any item that is designed or manufactured with the intent to cause bodily injury or death, any item that is illegal in the state of California, or any other item that appears dangerous or may pose a risk of harm will not be allowed on the premises. This will be up to the sole discretion of qualified con staff.
  • Operating a prop to shoot an object of any material is not allowed at the con and will result in your peacebond being removed.
  • Current US military uniforms, costumes that may be confused with law enforcement, or other emergency response personnel are not permitted at con.
  • If you buy a prop/livesteel at con, you may have it tagged with a peacebond if it belongs with the costume/cosplay you are currently wearing and follows the weapon policy. If not, it needs to be removed from the premises and taken to your hotel room or off-site.
  • You may display your prop weapons only as costume pieces. Do not swing or brandish your prop weapon in any way that could be considered unsafe or threatening.
  • You may pose with a prop weapon in a brandishing manner, so long as no reasonable person would interpret it as anything but a pose for dramatic effect. Con management may stop your posed brandishing in their sole discretion.


If you have questions or comments regarding Worldcon 76 in San Jose policies, please contact our IRT Area Head, Lori Buschbaum, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.