Get ready for the wildest, most epic anime convention ever. Otakon, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital, is the place to be for all anime and cosplay enthusiasts!

For three days, the world of anime will be your playground. Cosplayers, bring your A-game and show off those costumes that you’ve been working on all year. Anime fans, you won’t believe the awesomeness that awaits you – panel discussions, live performances, exhibitions, and more! You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals and have the chance to connect and make new friends.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned cosplayer or just starting out – anime events in Washington, D.C. are the ultimate destination for all anime fans. So why wait? Join the party and get ready for the time of your life, otaku.

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Otakon 2023July 28-30, 2023Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Otakon: What to Expect

Otakon is where otaku dreams come true! A 2.3 million sq. ft. paradise, there’s so much to see and do. Get ready for an adventure-packed trip, and be sure to check out the schedule of events.

One of the most exciting events at Otakon is the AMV Contest! This is where anime music videos from all over the world come together to be judged. You can help choose the winners by voting for your favorites on Fri and/or Sat! Another highlight is the Art Show, where you can marvel at fan art and original pieces, or visit Artist Alley to meet hundreds of artists and see their works up close.

Dance the night away at the dance event with DJs playing different music genres. The Dealers Hall is where you can shop till you drop for anime and Asian pop culture merchandise. The Otacafe is the perfect hangout spot, where you can relax and even perform. There’s also the Lyra’s Formal Ball, a formal event for all ages with cosplay, music, and dancing.

Otakon has something for everyone. Treat yourself to a Maid Cafe, peruse the Manga Library, bring the kids to Ota-chan, enter the Masquerade, snap some cosplay pics in the Photo Suite, join the Portable Kaiju Super Battle League, or play video games. You’re in for an unforgettable experience, so don’t miss out!