Daytime stars spend a long weekend in Florida with their fans.

Those behind the scenes of the Annual Soapfest Charity Weekend have already started planning next year’s event, which will take place from Friday May 25, 2018 through Monday May 28, 2018 in Marco Island, Florida and will once again benefit local children’s charities, including Camp Able, which grants educational and outreach services for children with special needs, as well as ITC kids programs.

Soap opera actors who have signed on to attend a fun weekend in the sun with their fans include “Days of our Lives’” Melissa Archer (Serena), “General Hospital’s” Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) and Hayley Erin (Kiki) and “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder (Esther), Jeff Branson (Ronan), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Camryn Grimes (Mariah) and Robert Adamson (Noah).

On Friday, sponsors only will be able to attend a private party to welcome guests.

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The fan festivities begin on Saturday at 7:00 PM with A Night of Stars, which includes Soapfest Game Night where fans can win a spot on one of the actor’s teams. This VIP event sells out fast and puts fans up close and personal with the daytime stars through autograph signings, photos, Q&A sessions and live auctions.

Then on Sunday, fans and actors will come together for the Cruisin’, Boozin’ & Schmoozin’ event aboard the Marco Island Princess, which leaves the dock at 12:00 PM and returns at 3:00 PM. During the sightseeing cruise fans can mix and mingle with the soap actors. There will be photograph and autograph opportunities, brunch, an auction and a raffle for one-of-a-kind daytime drama memorabilia such as signed scripts, clothing, jewelry and other goodies.

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Later Sunday evening fans can attend the Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash. DJ Jared returns for karaoke, which will feature the daytime stars singing their favorite songs, plus actors will be bartending and fans will get to vote their best karaoke performance and favorite bartender.

Monday wraps up the extended weekend with the VIP Farewell Brunch at 12:00 PM to say goodbye to the actors.

Visit Soapfest for further event information, including ticket packages and pricing and stay up to date should more soap stars sign on for the event.

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Photo credit: Howard Wise, Jill Johnson, John Paschal/JPI

– Amy Mistretta