Welcome to the future. While 2015 looks to be a bit different than what Robert Zemeckis predicted, self-driving cars and 3-D printing are all within our grasp.
For your personal calendar, what might you put on it this year? If you followed Geek Out Huntsville’s advice last year, you saw two of the top movies of the year (Guardians of the Galaxy & Interstellar), attend some awesome conventions, and did more Huntsville stuff than you could shake a Saturn V at.
Now, a brand new calendar has 365 squares begging for ink. What deserves to be penciled in?
Skip the mundane and add a little nerdiness to your planner.
Huntsville’s Geekiest Events of 2015
Here are 20 new events that would make every side of a D20 a critical hit:
Star Wars at the Huntsville Havoc
When: January 23 @ VBC Propst Arena
Let your force awaken as Darth Vader drops the puck at Star Wars Night at the Huntsville Havoc. The Havoc face the Louisiana Ice Gators at 7:30 on Friday night at the Von Braun Center.
When: February 12
It’s Darwin Day! Celebrate science and reason! It’s the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. This calls for some Natural Celebration!
When: March 13 – 14
Charger Con is happening again. Gaming, cosplay and more abound on UAH’s campus. Students and residents alike can make a nerd weekend out of it.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 45th Birthday
When: March 17
Celebrate the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 45th birthday! Nearly half a century after its opening, the museum will delve into its records and share its history. There will be cake! (The cake is not a lie)
Dixie Derby Girls Home Opener
When: March 21 @ National Speleological Society headquarters
The Dixie Derby Girls home opener is a double-header vs the squad from Rome, GA. Show your support for our roller derby girls at the National Speleological Society headquarters at 6001 Pulaski Pike.
When: April 11 @ Lincoln Mill
Yuri’s Night has outgrown its old locale and will now be at the Lincoln Mill facility, the site of Von Braun’s original Huntsville offices. It’s a free event for all ages. There will be food trucks, DJ, laser lights, beer & wine, cosplay contest and more. The event supports CAJA, a charity to help abused and neglected children of Madison County.
When: April 18 @ Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
STE(A)M Fest at Lowe Mill will be a blast. Here you can rejoice in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math AND ART at the newly expanded Lowe Mill. This year, it will feature a massive race, complete with an insanely huge (hopefully world-record) track on which you can pit your custom-built wooden car against other contestants’ vehicles!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
When: May 1
“I’m going to show you something beautiful.” Any long-time fan of Geek Out Huntsville should know what this one is: The Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres this day, and with any luck we’ll be in the audience of a midnight showing!
NASA on the Square
When: June 20 @ Downtown Huntsville
The second annual “NASA on the Square” will be in downtown Huntsville. See Marshall space Flight Center land downtown and take over the square. Exhibits, activities and more will launch this Saturday.
When: June 26 – 28 @ VBC South Hall
Hamacon: If you are a fan of anime, don’t miss out on this convention taking place at the Von Braun Center. Now in its 6th year, the best way to take in the cosplay, guests, and concerts is to be there.
When: July 18 – 19 @ Westin in Bridge Street Town Centre
Con*Kasterborous, Huntsville’s own Doctor Who convention, will once again draw upon one of the UK’s most popular imports. Don’t exterminate your chances of attending – you can go ahead and purchase passes now.
StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void
While Blizzard may not be the most punctual of developers, you must nonetheless look forward to the latest installment in the series, StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void. The beta will be released sometime this year.
Science Fiction, Science Future
When: September 23 @ U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center launches an exhibit sure to please any geek: Science Fiction, Science Future begins and will carry on through the end of the year. Move objects with your mind (Jean Grey!), become invisible (Predator!), play games with a robot (Sarah Connor!) and experience augmented reality (The Dude!) as the museum puts together a unique journey filled with science exploration, curiosity and discovery.
When: September 13, 2015
TEDxHuntsville will once again delight and entertain with the focus on Technology Entertainment and Design in the Rocket City. Which lucky innovators will get to share their talk in 2015?
When: October @ VBC Propst Arena
UAH Hockey starts at the Von Braun Center, and you don’t want to miss the action. Support your local college and catch some chilly action. Go Chargers! #FREEUAB
When: October 16 – 18 @ Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport
Con*Stellation is the place to be for science fiction/fantasy fans, whether you be new to the genre or old hat.
When: October 23 – 25 @ Huntsville Madison County Public Library
After last year’s successful NerdCon put together by the Huntsville Madison County Public Library, you know the next one will be even more geektastic. If you didn’t make it last year, be sure to clear your weekend!
Galaxy of Lights
When: November @ Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Galaxy of Lights will commence at the Botanical gardens. Take part in the walking nights (or dog-friendly nights!), or wait and enjoy the drive.
Small Business Saturday
When: November 28
Take a minute on Small Business Saturday to do your Christmas shopping while supporting local business. So much of Huntsville’s geekery is built upon the unique shops and centers that are only available here.
Star Wars: Episode VII
When: December 18
Star Wars: Episode VII – ‘Nuff said.
Now’s your chance to min-max 2015 with a slate of events and activities that will grok your inner geek. Don’t let the dearth of hoverboards, Jaws sequels, or self-lacing shoes keep you down!
Sprinkle in these events and your 2015 won’t disappoint.