Welcome to Otakon!

Founded in 1994, Otakon is an annual convention held in the summer months to celebrate Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc) and its fandom. The event runs from Friday to Sunday and is packed with a schedule that has tons to do.

Otakon is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in our nation's capital of Washington, DC.

Countdown to Otakon 2021! August 6th - 8th 2021

Registration Open For Otakon 2021

Covid Policies for Otakon 2021

We want our members to know that we continue to monitor updates from the CDC as well as our partners in regards to COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout. We'll do our best to keep the page linked below updated with information as we have it regarding DC's reopening and how it may affect Otakon 2021.

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Masks to be required at Otakon 2021

Masks will be required in all convention areas, and vaccination is strongly encouraged for all attendees. We highly recommend that all eligible people are vaccinated if attending Otakon, but we will not be requiring proof of vaccination for entry. We require masks be worn at all times for anyone over the age of 2. Certain exceptions will be made such as:

  • Presenters during panels or workshops while socially distanced
  • Cosplayers -only while photos are being taken and while socially distanced
  • While eating or drinking in designated areas
  • For the convenience of having their lips read by a person who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • Other areas as approved by Otakon Staff
This policy is subject to change based on changes to CDC guidelines, local regulations or other data.

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Operating Hours

  • Thursday* 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday 8 AM -  12 AM
  • Saturday 9 AM -  12 AM
  • Sunday 9 AM -  4 PM

Times Subject to Change
* Pre-reg badge pickup only


Book a room in the official Otakon room block today and stay close to the heart of the action all weekend long.

The Otakon 2021 Hotel Block is now open.

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Message From Our Chairman

Here. we. go! I am super excited to be leading one of the first major conventions of 2021!

Our volunteer staff are working harder than ever to make sure that our 2021 convention is going to be safe and fun, even if it means having to change a few things.

I cannot wait to see all our guests, industry partners, staff, this coming August. Most importantly, I cannot wait to see YOU and the rest of the Otakon family.

As always, thank you for your continued support, and I'll see you soon.

-- Brian Cutler, Otakon 2021 Convention Chair

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