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Levels of Membership

You MUST have a membership to attend ICON programming events. Children who attend the convention must be accompanied by a paid adult and be supervised at all times.

Benefactor Benefits

  • Admission to ICON
  • Listed in program book
  • Access to the Art Show, Dealers’ Room, Con Suite and other convention programming
  • Preferred seating in front row at Opening Ceremonies Friday evening
  • Preferred seating in front row at Guests of Honor panel on Saturday
  • Invitation to the Sunday morning brunch with the Guests Of Honor
  • Preferred seating in front row at Closing Ceremonies on Sunday

Adult (13+) Benefits

  • Admission to ICON
  • Access to the Art Show, Dealers’ Room, Con Suite and other convention programming

Youth (0-12) Benefits

  • Admission to ICON
  • Access to the Art Show, Dealers’ Room, Con Suite and other convention programming
  • Must be accompanied by a paid Adult at all times.

Cost of Memberships

The Early Bird rate ends on October 1, 2021.

 Register online now! Adults (13 & up) Children (12 & Under)
Full Weekend Pass (Early Bird Rate) $50.00 Free with paid adult
Benefactor $125.00  N/A
Paradise ICON $100.00  N/A
At-the-Door Weekend Pass $70.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Friday Pass $40.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Saturday Pass $50.00 Free with paid adult
At-the-Door Sunday Pass $30.00 Free with paid adult

Prefer to register by mail? Download and mail your form before our Early Bird deadline.

Details about Registering at the Event

Online registration for ICON will end on October 1, 2021.  After that date, you will need to register at the event during one of the following times.

  • Friday, October 15 between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 16 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 17 from 9:00 AM to Noon

Our Registration FAQ

What is an ICON membership?

An ICON membership is essentially your “ticket” to attend the convention. At the convention, you will get a badge to wear showing that you have paid.

I have a child. Does he/she need a membership?

If they are 13 years of age or older, yes.

I have a child under 13. Does he/she need a badge?

Yes. On the back of every badge is emergency contact information that must be filled out for all attendees under 18. If you would like a printed badge for them to pick up at the door, you can email with your child’s name, birthdate and badge name. Otherwise, you may pick up a blank badge for them at the door.

How do I register online?

You can register online here.

How do I register by mail?

Download and complete the mail-in registration form found here and send the complete form along with a check made payable to ICON to:

308 E Burlington St #300
Iowa City, IA 52240

What if I do not pre-register?

You may register at the door, but the cost is higher.

Can I pre-register for a one day membership?

No, one day memberships are only available at the door.

I am only attending for one day. Are there single day memberships?

Yes. A Saturday membership is the same cost as pre-registration. Fridays and Sundays are cheaper. If you are unsure whether you want to come for more than one day, you may (for instance) pay for Friday and if you want to come back, pay the difference between the Friday membership and a weekend membership when you return on Saturday. You must bring your Friday badge to do this.

I am only attending for two days. Should I buy two separate day memberships or a weekend membership?

Paying for two days is the same or more expensive than paying for the weekend. So paying for the full weekend is more cost effective.

Do I qualify for a complimentary membership? or Who is eligible for a complimentary membership?

ICON provides complimentary membership for industry professionals, and membership for one accompanying person at a reduced rate ($30 adult, $20 child). We anticipate that any professional who is granted complimentary membership will be willing to participate in programming; the intent of these memberships is to facilitate the interaction of pros and fans, for their mutual benefit.

If you wish to receive a complimentary membership, please complete our contact form to confirm that you qualify well before the pre-registration deadline so we can include you in our programming and have badge(s) available. No walk-in complementary memberships will be provided.

Industry professionals are defined as follows:

  • Authors/writers should meet the requirements for Active membership in the Science Fiction Writers Association (SFWA). (Current membership is not required.)
  • Published authors who do not meet the above qualifications, but who would like to be considered for complimentary membership, may contact the address above with a brief summary of their publications and any professional writers’ society memberships.
  • Professional artists, editors, gaming pros, comic pros, actors, etc., will be considered on an individual basis and should contact the address above with a brief summary of their qualifications. (Links to your webpage are also helpful.)
  • Any artist or author guest of honor from a previous ICON.
  • The original six founders of ICON.

I am an artist, author, dealer or other industry professional and I want to attend ICON!

There are two steps to attend ICON.

  1. Register for ICON. Think you might qualify for a complementary membership? Read our requirements.
  2. Be a panelist. Let us know what your favorite topics are and we’ll do our best to slot you into a panel or two that fits your interests.
  3. Optional: Give us your ideas for programming. You don’t have to participate in the panel if you submit an idea!

If you are a dealer, we can find a volunteer to watch your table during your scheduled panel(s). Just stop by the Volunteer table by registration.

What is a benefactor membership?

Benefactors provide additional monetary support for ICON.  For pledging additional funds for ICON, benefactors may received additional gifts, have seats up front reserved for programming including but not limited to opening ceremonies and the Wylde Nept concert.  They may also be invited to a special Sunday brunch with the guests of honor.

How do I earn a membership doing volunteer work?

Volunteering for 20 hours during the convention will get you a free membership to the next convention. There are a few areas where you can earn double hours, including setup, teardown and Friday registration desk. Note that if you expect to get to 20 hours after teardown, you should let the registration head and/or the volunteer coordinator know before clean-up begins, and remind them afterward to make sure you get credit for clean-up.

What is a badge name?

Many attendees like to go by fun names at conventions, this is their badge name. It is also useful is you go by a shortened version of your given name (i.e. Andy for Andrew). Please note that your full name will also be on the badge.

What badge name will I get if I leave that field blank?

The default is your first name only.

Why do you need my birthdate?

While ICON no longer serves alcohol, we do make different badges to help room parties be sure they only serve alcohol to those 21 and over.

I cannot make it to ICON this year, but I have already registered. What are my options?

We do not give refunds. However, you may either transfer your membership to another person, or forward it to next year. Except in cases of emergency (as determined by the current ConCom), this must be done before the pre-registration deadline.

If you earned your membership doing volunteer work, you may not transfer it to another person, but you may forward it to the next convention.

As a general attendee/member, what do I need to bring to the convention?

We do not send tickets. You only need a picture ID, but it is recommended that you bring your receipt (paper or electronic) just in case.

I am a dealer. Do I need to purchase a membership?

If you are not going to anything at ICON other than the Dealers’ Room you do not have to buy an ICON membership. If you want to attend ICON programming (including the Wylde Nept concert, Con Suite, room parties, etc), you must purchase a membership.