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.


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

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On-Site Registration
and Badge Pickup Hours

  • Thursday* 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday 8 AM -  10 PM
  • Saturday 8 AM -  10 PM
  • Sunday 8 AM -  Noon
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Operating Hours

  • Thursday* 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Friday 8 AM -  2 AM
  • Saturday 8 AM -  2 AM
  • Sunday 8 AM -  3 PM

Times Subject to Change
* Pre-reg badge pickup only

Otakon 2018 - Mecha Commerical

Our mascot, Crabby has gone rogue! Catch him at Otakon 2018!

Otakon 2017 Closing Reel

Last year we welcomed all of our members to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Otakon 2017 was amazing! We are all glad that you our members all shared that new experience with us so to commemorate this we put together a video for you our fans! Video and Photos taken by the Otakon Convention Coverage Team Edited by Stephanie Padgett

Message from the Convention Chairman 

Hey Otafans! Whether this is your first time or your 25th, I would like to personally welcome you to Otakon 2018.  We are working hard to bring you the best Otakon yet, so please stay tuned here on our website, and social media.  We can't wait to show you all the great things we have in store.

See you at Otakon!

-- Andy Zerrlaut, Otakon 2018 Convention Chairman