Frequently Asked Questions

The 11th annual Classic Game Fest is on July 28-29, 2018.

Classic Game Fest will be open on Saturday from 10:00am – 7:00pm for all VIP and Saturday badge holders.  (VIP passes get in early at 9am Sat only!) 

It will open again from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday for all Badge holders.

The event will be hosted at the Palmer Events Center near downtown in Austin, Texas.

Please note: Enter the building from westbound Barton Springs Rd.

Check out the schedule for the latest lineup. Past events have included classic games such as The Legend of Zelda, Contra, MegaMan, NBA Jam, Street Fighter II, King of Fighters 98, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros. 64,Super Mario Kart, and more!

Yes! There are 3 badge types for purchase: A VIP badge, which grants you access to the convention early on Saturday and can be used all weekend, a Saturday badge, and a Sunday badge. All badges will give you full access to all games, events, tournaments, and concerts. As always, kids under 12 get in FREE both days but sign up for a kids pass and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The PRE-SALE pricing for CGF2018 is as follows:

Weekend Pass: $30.00

Saturday Only: $25.00

Sunday Only: $15.00

Kids Under 12: FREE Both Days

*Taxes and fees not included!


(PRO-TIP:  ticket prices will be HIGHER at the doors on the days of the event, so please BUY ONLINE in advance to save money!!)

Badges may be picked up at the Palmer Events Center (just look for the “Badge Pickup” table in front) on Fri, July 27 from 3pm-8pm; Sat, July 28 from 8am-7pm; and Sun, July 29 from 9am-5pm.

You will need your name, email, and/or a photo ID to pick them up!

No. Plan ahead and remember that each badge must be picked up by the individual listed on the wristband registration. You cannot bring their photo ID to claim their wristband.

Yes, badges will be sold at the door, but we cannot guarantee availability during the event – we may sell out! In order to ensure a badge will be available, please pre-order ahead of time.

If we do sell out during the event, we may continue to post badge updates online. Follow us at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with the latest Classic Game Fest news!

No. We’re sorry, but Classic Game Fest has a strict no-refund policy.

Yes, and that information can be found here.

Yes, and that can be found here.

While we try and make activities family-oriented and fun for all ages, some games do contain violent content (e.g., Mortal Kombat). Kids under 12 are welcome to participate with parental approval and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Limited street parking is available near the Palmer Events Center at no cost. Paid parking is available for $8 per day in the parking garage located next to the venue. Entrances can be found on Riverside Drive near South 1st Street and Barton Springs Road between Bouldin and Dawson Streets. Local buses make frequent stops nearby and bicycle parking is available at bike racks located outside the entrances to the parking garage.


Enjoy 70,000 square feet of retro video games and fun at the Palmer Events Center. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake and the downtown Austin skyline, the Palmer Events Center is conveniently located only a short walk from many hotels, restaurants, bus stops, and bike rental stations.


900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704



Find family-friendly accommodations nearby!


Enjoy many popular restaurants within walking distance!

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