Geek out at the Smithsonian magazine’s 2016 The Future is Here Festival

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I want to head to Washington, DC for the festival to attend the talk with William Shatner as he reminisces about 50 years of Star Trek and his new book about Leonard Nimoy (Spock). How can you calculate the cost of meeting the original Captain Kirk and get to sit in the designated seating area to hear the SyFy channels panel on 12 Monkeys. Well it costs $150 and has limited availability for this exclusive book signing.

Smithsonian magazine’s 2016 The Future is Here Festival™

Smithsonian magazine presents the 4th annual

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The Future is Here Festival™ 2016

April 22 – 24, 2016

Exhilarating, visionary, and fascinating, the 2016 event will provide an eye-opening look into the near and far future, where science meets science fiction.

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YOUR HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WILLIAM SHATNER in the 50th Anniversary Year of STAR TREK

STAR FLEET ADMIRAL LEVEL (limit 50)

Friday, April 22nd, 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW)

$150/per ticket + handling fees

You are invited to an exclusive VIP cocktail reception to personally meet Captain James T. Kirk himself, the international TV and movie star William “you can call me Bill” Shatner.

You will also receive a copy of his new bestselling book about his Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), autographed by Mr. Shatner:

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

Plus, you’ll have a seat in a reserved section to the onstage show later that evening starring William Shatner; an interview with Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files; and a panel with the stars of Syfy’s smash hit series, 12 Monkeys.

But that’s not all! You will also receive a ticket to a private cocktail reception for the featured speakers of the Future is Here Festival on Saturday evening, April 23rd, at the National Air and Space Museum.

Speakers’ series events on Saturday on Sunday must be registered for individually.

STAR FLEET CAPTAIN LEVEL (limited seating available)

Friday, April 22nd, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW)

$50/per ticket + handling fees

You are invited to an exclusive VIP show starring international TV and movie star, William “Bill” Shatner; an interview with Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files; and a panel with the stars of Syfy’s smash hit series, 12 Monkeys.

Speakers’ series events on Saturday on Sunday must be registered for individually.

FREE SPEAKERS’ SERIES

COMMANDER LEVEL SATURDAY (General Admission)

Saturday, April 23rd, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW)

Speakers and demonstrations include those from Smithsonian, NASA, The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and The Think Big Series supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

FREE SPEAKERS’ SERIES

COMMANDER LEVEL SUNDAY (General Admission)

Sunday, April 24th, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW)

Speakers and demonstrations include those from Smithsonian, NASA, The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and The Think Big Series supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Passes available online only and while supplies last. You must register for each individual event. Seating is limited.

Please note speakers and schedules are subject to change.

For additional information please visit The Future Is Here website at Smithsonian.com/future.

Once registered for passes you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. You will not receive a physical ticket. More detailed information about the event locations and on-site registration will be included in an email sent directly by the organizers which you will receive one week prior to the event.

FAQs
What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?
Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the participant. Information for local parking for the Speakers’ series on Saturday and Sunday at the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall can be found here. For all events there are nearby garages and on-street parking though prices, operating times, and rules vary so please be sure to check in advance.
Is there a host hotel for the weekend?
No, but there are plenty of hotels in the immediate area to fit any price range. All additional events are an easy walk or quick taxi ride from the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall where the Speakers’ series is being held on Saturday and Sunday. For a map of the local area around Sidney Harman Hall, click here.
Will tickets be available at the door?
No, passes to the events must be secured online through Eventbrite and will not be available the day of the event. Please note that the event registration will end once all passes have been distributed or on Wednesday, April 20 at 5pm, whichever comes first.
 
Is there a schedule of events or list of speakers?
A list of speakers for the weekend’s events may be found at Smithsonian.com/future. Please note speakers and schedules are subject to change.
 
What is the dress code?
All events are casual. For those with passes that include attending any VIP event, business casual is recommended but not required.
 
Is lunch provided on Saturday or Sunday?
No. There are built in lunch breaks and there are many restaurant options nearby the Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall where the Speakers’ series is being held on Saturday and Sunday.
WHENFriday, April 22, 2016 at 5:30 PM – Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM (EDT) – Add to CalendarWHERE610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 – View Map

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