The West Coast Fan Society (WCFS) and The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) announced today that the show will go on! WCSFA has agreed to accept stewardship of the Northwest Fan Fest convention from WCFS to ensure it will continue as the popular festival of genre media, cosplay and gaming that is has become, and will have the opportunity to grow to its fullest potential.
In the immortal words of Cameron Locke, president of WCFS, “The rumours of NWFF’s demise are greatly exaggerated!”
This year will see several smaller events hosted by WCSFA to promote all the most vital elements of NWFF and keep the heart of NWFF pumping.
“Northwest Fan Fest fills a vital niche in our community, it’s our duty to support it and help it grow,” said Chris Sturges, president of WCSFA, “We are planning a number of smaller events this year to support the community that puts on and attends NWFF.”
The events planned so far include a Walkoff-Rager event, a Games-only event, a Costume and Cosplay workshop series, and a Cosplay picnic. If you are interested in helping with these events or have an idea for a fan event, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at email@example.com.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that we will not be moving forward with Northwest Fan Fest 2016, due to take place this July. This decision was not made lightly and we sincerely apologize to all the people this decision affects: the fans, exhibitors, guests, community partners, venues and all of our supporters both local and beyond.
We know many of you will be disappointed at this news, some of you even frustrated or upset. However in light of recent high profile event failures and cancellations, we feel it would be irresponsible to risk our fan’s resources and goodwill by hosting an event that would have been below our standards, and your expectations.
Full refunds will be offered within a timely manner to all who have purchased memberships, exhibitors spaces, or sponsorship packages.
It is our hope and goal to build on what we have built for 2016, and redirect it to make an even more amazing 2017 event. But we need your help to make this a reality. Over the next few months we will be announcing different ways you can get involved, either by joining the NWFF 2017 team, becoming a sponsor or event partner, or attending different themed fundraisers.
Thank you for your understanding. We will be back, and we will be awesome!
Are you a minion or a sidekick? Perhaps you’re the hero NWFF deserves. Or are you the mastermind behind it all?
Northwest Fan Fest is a weekend packed with celebrities, exhibitors, and tons of programming on a huge variety of topics and interests. Featuring musical performances, comedy shows, contests, massive gaming tournaments, and a Saturday street festival, there is something for everyone at NWFF!
We’ve got a lot of new things happening for 2016, including a street fair on the Saturday! Yes, we’ll be closing down a part of Columbia Street for the festivities. As well, general admission to Northwest Fan Fest is free! You will not require a badge to attend panels, play casual games or see the exhibitors. Tournaments and special events may require an entry fee.
However, without the generosity of our supporters, the West Coast Fan Society would be hard pressed to maintain the quality of Northwest Fan Fest and continue to keep the festival free for all to attend in future years. We have several tiers of supporter memberships for you to choose from, starting at just $10! Choose your membership and find out your level!
Love Warhammer 40k? Looking for a new Multiplayer Battle Arena Game to play? Don't miss your chance to try Dark Nexus Arena, play-testing the alpha version in Metro Vancouver for the first time at Northwest Fan Fest 2015!
Dark Nexus Arena is a competitive battle arena game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, created by Vancouver-based indie developers Whitebox Interactive. You and your friends can fight against (and play as) your favourite Warhammer 40k characters in 4v4 arena, for "a fast, skill based, team deathmatch experience."
Check out this video for a tutorial:
The Dark Nexus Arena booth area is located in the lobby of Northwest Fan Fest 2015, and will be set up for players every day of the event until ~7pm. Visit for an early access pass into Dark Nexus Arena's alpha stage! Test the game, meet CEO Jonathan Falkowski and the Whitebox Interactive team, and give them your feedback in person at Northwest Fan Fest.
NWFF Show Director Brian Hughes said, “The Mayor and City were very excited to have Northwest Fan Fest in the heart of New Westminster in the new Anvil Centre. Weâre so pleased to make a positive tourism impact, and bring fandom entertainment out to The Royal City.â”
From all of the geeks, nerds, cosplayers, and fans, in the Metro Vancouver area, we thank the Mayor and the City of New Westminster for supporting our celebration of fandom!
If you want to be up to date on all the latest official scheduling details, make sure you sign up for our online schedule!
While there is a printed schedule in our con guide like one might expect, sometimes things change after it’s been printed. But never fear, because NWFF has an online schedule that is the most current and up to date.
It’s free, and mobile friendly! Just sign up and start building your own schedule. Add yourself to panels and events and get daily notifications about your schedule for the day, as well as email notifications if panels are canceled or moved. Connect social media to see what your friends are signed up for, and what interests you share!
If you are an Exhibitor, sign up and make sure you put your booth location and details of what you’re selling in your profile so patrons can find you. You can also link to your homepage, DeviantArt, Flickr, Etsy, Kickstarter, and anything else you have online!
If you are the sort of person who needs the best, deserves the best, and wants to get more out of their Fan Fest experience, then you just might be a Very Important Person!
VIP passes at Northwest Fan Fest include front of the line access for all main events. This means the VIPs have access to an exclusive VIP waiting area that is inside the building (regular attendees line up outside.) Stay comfortable and get prime seating in style!
You also get exclusive passes to our VIP Guest Meet and Greet (with food and an open bar,) where you can have some up-close and personal time with our special guests.
In addition to the best seats in the house, you will get a cloth VIP swag bag that includes such goodies as:
Gift cards and discount cards
Candy and more!
If you believe you deserve the best, make sure you treat yourself to a VIP pass and be the best. VIP passes are only on sale until May 25! Make sure you buy yours today!
Have you been considering volunteering for Northwest Fan Fest? Now is the time to sign up!Â
Northwest Fan Fest is still seeking passionate and dedicated volunteers for all departments and many different positions, from challengingÂ to casual. There is something for every skill level! Come and join our team of awesome volunteers, have a great time, make new friends and contacts, get valuable experience, and earn yourselfÂ a discount on your attendance pass*, as well as other benefits.
Have you been considering volunteering at Northwest Fan Fest? Are you a tabletop GM?Â Now is the time! Sign up to run a game (or more) at Northwest Fan Fest!
We are still looking for GMs to run various tabletop roleplaying sessions at con. All games are welcome! Show off your favourite system, run a pre-made module or bring one of your own. Meet new players and show your stuff. Perks for GMs willing to run four hours or more hours of gaming content!
Time is running out to sign up if you want your game included in our con guide, so make sure you sign up today!