Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con! Awesome Con is a celebration of geek culture, bringing over 70,000 fans together with their favorite stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! And just like DC, we’re smart, family-friendly, and inclusive – as Awesome Con is home to:
  • The Science Fair, an area of Awesome Con exploring where science and science fiction meet – created with the Smithsonian!
  • Awesome Con Jr, an all-ages destination for the next generation of fans
  • Pride Alley, a celebration of queer creators and fans curated by GeeksOUT
Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced plans to lift most capacity restrictions beginning May 21, 2021, with a full reopening of Washington D.C. effective June 11, 2021. We are thrilled to be able to run Awesome Con 2021 as an in-person event but rest assured the health and safety of all our fans, exhibitors, guests, and staff is and will always be a top priority.
To this effect, though some of the precautions we will be implementing may no longer be required by local authorities, we will continue to evaluate our guidelines and create safety measures based on the science of the moment.
At this time, these precautions will include:
  • Required use of masks within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Enhanced sanitization stations and cleaning protocols throughout the event
  • Increased spacing with wider aisles, designated entrances, and directional signage to ensure social distancing in all areas of the event on the show floor, panels, meeting rooms, and public spaces
  • Ongoing updates on queueing procedures and capacity reduction measures for higher traffic periods over the weekend
At present, we do not plan to require proof of vaccination for entry, but as we all know, the situation is fluid and this and any measures could change at any time. Furthermore, we do not plan to have on-site badge pickup or sales this year. To allow for adequate social distancing, our hope is to reduce the number of touchpoints and eliminate long queues at in-person registration.
We will continue to monitor the suggestions of CDC, US, and state public health guidelines as they develop around the COVID-19 virus. Please see full details here.

August 20 – 22, 2021

Exhibit Hall, Artists Alley, and Autographing:
Friday, August 20th 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, August 21st 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, August 22nd 10:00am to 5:00pm

Panels, Screenings, Gaming, and Special Events:
Friday, August 20th 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, August 21st 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday, August 22nd 10:00am to 5:00pm

Awesome Con was founded by Ben Penrod in 2013. It is currently part of the LeftField Media family and is currently run by the teams behind Anime NYC and Rose City Comic Con.

Tickets to Awesome Con will be available online and at the door – and we’d recommend you purchase your tickets in advance via our Tickets Page. Buy your tickets in advance to save some dough as tickets will be cheaper before the event than online during the show and at the door.

If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact

Sorry, passes are only for one person. If you have a friend or another family member who also wants the perks of the Premium pass, they will need to purchase one as well.

Kids ages 3-10 need a TICKET. The kids pass is good for children aged 3 to 10 years old, and it is valid for all three days at Awesome Con. Ages 1-2 are not required to have a ticket.

Awesome Con Jr. is the place on the exhibit floor for families and kids within Awesome Con.

That is up to you to decide. In general, if you would allow your child to go to the mall or an amusement park without adult supervision, they are probably ok to be at Awesome Con on their own. This is up to you, as children at these ages have a wide range in maturity.

Please understand that unattended minors will be subject to the same rules as adults if they break any of our policies or any laws while at the con.

Infants and young children MUST be supervised at all times, and Awesome Con does not currently offer any babysitting services. Here’s some info from the DC government on this topic:

Club Awesome is by far the COOLEST way to experience the con. Club Awesome and Club Awesome Reserve memberships entitle you to tons of amazing perks!

Children 10 and under can wait in line with you at Premium events; however, they will not receive other Premium benefits such as photo ops and autographs.

Yes! As of now, all badges must be mailed in advance and there will be no on-site badge pick-up at Awesome Con 2021. Badges purchased prior to June 25 will start mailing in July 2021. BADGES WILL NOT BE MAILED IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR ORDER. Badges purchased after the June 25 mailing deadline will have increased shipping fees for expedited delivery.

International badges will be shipped, but purchasers will be required to pay an additional fee for international shipping. Once your purchase is completed, we will email you will an additional shipping fee for international shipping.

As of this moment, we don’t expect to have tickets available for purchase at the door, and we encourage everyone to purchase in advance.

If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact

As of now, all badges must be mailed in advance and there will be no on-site badge pick-up at Awesome Con.

Yes, you can totally upgrade your pass!  Simply call 1-888-718-4253 and select Option 1. As long as the ticket you want is still available, it should be no problem to upgrade. Give us a ring Mon-Fri 9 AM to 9 PM EST. Make sure you have your confirmation number handy.

Information on press registration can be found on our press page.

We have medical wristbands available for those with disabilities that allows entrance to sessions first, assuming the line has not already been capped due to capacity. You may pick up your medical wristband at any information booth at the show. Medical wristbands must be picked up at the show. They are not mailed.

If you need ASL interpretation, please fill out our request form (coming soon!). On-site requests may not be able to be accommodated.

For more information, see our accessibility page.

Special guests are being announced regularly. For more info, check out the guests page.

Most guests appear for all three days, but we also list the specific days they will be attending on our guest page.

We will post an autograph schedule closer to the con. Schedules sometimes change, so make sure to check the schedule at the booth beforehand if possible. Celebrity guests will have headshots they will be signing (included in the price of the autograph). The signing of personal items is at the guests’ discretion and may require an additional charge at their booth. You can get more than one autograph but the guest will charge per autograph. You can get more than one autograph but they charge per autograph. Some guests may require picking up tickets in advance, however, for others, you do not need to purchase tickets for autographs – just get in line!

Typically, yes, but not always. You would need to ask each guest individually.

Professional photo ops are offered for a fee with most of our celebrity guests. You will receive a printed photo taken by a professional under professional lighting and in front of a backdrop. Yes, this is super fun.

For more info on photo ops, see our policies page.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is up to each guest. Sometimes we will know in advance for some guests, but your best bet is always to ask.

Autographs and Photo Ops can be purchased prior to the show! Follow our social media for updates on when they will go on sale!

A full price list for everything will be available closer to the show!

You sure can! Check out our Artist Alley and Exhibitor space options here!

We’re always looking for new, interesting, and fun programming! Fill out an application here!

You should receive an email within a few days of sending in your application that will have further instructions about the application process.

There is complimentary wifi in the “Convention Center Connect” Lounges located in the Grand Lobby, Concourse A, Concourse B, Metro Entrance, L Street Entrance near rooms 156 and 140, across from 143C, Uptown Cafe and Downtown Cafe, and 2nd and 3rd floor Wing seating areas.

We offer special discounts on hotels in the DC area. They will sell out, so we recommend booking right away! More info on hotels coming soon. Check our Social media and newsletter for announcements.

You can read all about our harassment policy here.

Costumes and cosplay are totally welcome at Awesome Con! We love our cosplayers and love to see your creativity. However, we do have some policies you should be aware of if you’re cosplaying for the convention. You can read our policy in full here!