April 27, 2020
We are very sad to announce that we must join the countless other events around the world and announce the cancelation of Otakon 2020. While we had been clinging to the last bits of hope that our later dates would allow us the potential to hold an event, on April 17th it was announced that our venue, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, would be converted into an Alternate Care Facility. After discussing the timelines with the Convention Center staff and Destination DC, even in the most optimistic scenario that the facility is not needed to be used they would still be in the move-out/clean up process by the dates of our event.
We know this is not the news you wanted to hear. For those of you who may not know, Otakon, is run, planned, staffed, and organized by an ALL volunteer organization. As our staff have been trying to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, we have also continued planning, and holding out hope that Otakon 2020 would still happen. All of the best things that make up our community are needed more than ever right now. We need fandom, we need inclusion, we need acceptance, we need family and friendship, we need creativity and escape; we need FUN! We held out hope as long as we could that we could be all of that this year. Please know that this decision breaks our hearts as much as it does yours.
So, we are at least happy that we can announce our dates for next year:
On Saturday, August 1st, 2020 we're bringing you a special live streaming event!
This will be a full day of interviews, panels, builder workshops, music, and gaming events across multiple channels. We'll have special appearances from some of our guests who were scheduled to be with us in DC this year, and we'll have lots oppurtunities for you to participate as well!Find Out More!
Follow Otakon on Facebook, Twitter, and more for all sorts of updates and news about the upcoming year.
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.
Thank you for attending Otakon 2019!
On behalf of myself and the entire staff of Otakon we would like to say thank you for coming and helping to make another great year at Otakon! Whether this was your first visit, or your 26th, you are the reason we keep working harder each year to make the best Otakon yet.
A very special thanks to the Embassy of Japan, the Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art for their involvement this year.
We would also like to thank the entire staff at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Destination D.C. and our hotel partners for providing Otakon and our members a place to live, play, and work.
Come see us again next year!
-- Andy Zerrlaut, Otakon 2019 Convention Chairman