Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Concerns for Otakon 2021

Last Update: May 13, 2021

Washington DC Reopening Status: Phase Two

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 this page updated with information as we have it regarding DC's reopening and how it may affect Otakon 2021.

At this time, Otakon 2021 is scheduled to take place, August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

However, Washington DC will need to be in Phase Four for an Otakon event to take place as normal.  We are also keeping a close eye on other local, state and national mandates and restrictions that could affect the event as well.

Events DC has been working on a Recovery Plan and has put a lot of effort into improvments of the Walter E. Washington Convetion Center that enhance sanitation and protect the health of everyone in the facility.  Things are still changing week-to-week and we remain in close contact with them.

We encourage all of our members to continue to stay safe, continue to take precautions (wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, etc.) and (if you are able) to get vaccinated.


May 13, 2021 - We are aware of the recent update and the news that DC could have no capacity restrictions as soon as June 11th.  We are busy working on what this means for Otakon 2021.

We are working with our venue partners to make sure we will be able to provide a safe and quality event for all our members.  Please watch for more news and announcements as we learn more.

Press Releases from Events DC


  • May 10, 2021: Updates from Destination DC
  • April 11, 2021: Posted initial page for 2021