Anime and Cosplay

Ten Denver Geek Conventions in Need of Volunteers

The DiNKy Awards.
The DiNKy Awards. DiNK

Sci-fi, anime and fantasy fans can find a home at cons citywide, but more often than not, they do so as mere consumers. But the fun doesn't happen without dozens of volunteers, and in Denver there are plenty of opportunities to show up, help out and sometimes receive free admission or swag. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of MileHiCon, here are some of the best geeky volunteer opportunities in Denver.

click to enlarge MileHiCon is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. - MILEHICON
MileHiCon is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
October 19 to 21, 2018
Hyatt Regency Hotel Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Avenue

MileHiCon is a celebration of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction where authors, performers, artists, speakers and genre-lovers gather. Volunteers who work at least eight hours at the convention receive a custom T-shirt and a raffle ticket for each hour worked. To learn more, reach out to Annabel Bugg at

click to enlarge StarFest - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Danielle Lirette
April 26 to 28, 2019
Marriott Denver Tech Center
4900 South Syracuse Street

Going strong for more than thirty decades, StarFest takes a wide look at pop culture. In a single building, you'll find everything from artwork, comic books and cosplay to games, Klingons and science. StarFest volunteers receive free admission and a T-shirt, and they can also attend a staff party. Note that there is a $20 fee to help keep the con suite stocked with food and drink for volunteers. Visit the con's volunteering page here.

Daku Con logo. - DAKU CON
Daku Con logo.
Daku Con

November 9 to 11, 2018
Radisson Hotel
3155 South Vaughn Way

Those looking for conventions with an adult crowd should check out DakuCon. While there are plenty of games, anime and comic books to be found, attendance is restricted to those eighteen and up. Note that DakuCon isn't specifically focused on adult themes and content, but attendees don't have to worry about what minors might see or hear at the convention. Volunteers receive free entry, refreshments and a special gift. Light cosplay is permitted while volunteers are on duty.

click to enlarge Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo on April 14. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo on April 14.
Danielle Lirette
April 13 to 14, 2019
McNichols Civic Center Building
144 West Colfax Avenue

DiNK is a comics and art expo focused on independent creators where artists, publishers and writers gather. Volunteers help with programming, registration, exhibition and media. There's also a free day pass and T-shirt for working at least one four-hour shift.

click to enlarge HexaCon - HEXACON
January 18 to 21, 2019
Ramada Plaza Denver North
10 East 120th Avenue

Fans of board, role playing, train and miniature games should mark their calendars for HexaCon. Besides volunteering at HexaCon, the con's host, Shiny Garden, offers additional events that need volunteers, including Myths and Legends Con and WhimsyCon. 
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