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General FAQs

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!
  • The Book Fair, an area of Awesome Con dedicated to authors and book dragons alike!
  • 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

Awesome Con celebrates its 10th Anniversary June 16 – 18, 2023

(Hours Subject to Change)

Exhibit Hall, Artists Alley, and Autographing:
Friday, June 16th 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, June 17th 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, June 18th 10:00am to 5:00pm

Panels, Screenings, Gaming, and Special Events:
Friday, June 16th 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, June 17th 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday, June 18th 10:00am to 5:00pm

Awesome Con takes place in  Washington D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001

You can find our current COVID policies here. Please keep checking back for updates and changes.

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, Anime Frontier, and Rose City Comic Con.

Badge FAQs

Badges for Awesome Con are on sale now! You can purchase them online here.

Yes! Badges purchased prior to the April 16th Mailing Deadline will have the option to be mailed.


If you have a problem with your badges, please contact

Badges will be mailed closer to the show. If you do not receive them within a week of the show, please contact us at

Yes, just select the on-site pick up option when you purchase your badge and you can pick it up at the show! Simply bring your confirmation email with QR code onsite to Registration (either printed or on your phone) to pick up your badge.

Yes, you can totally upgrade or swap your badge type! (If you purchase it in time to have it mailed, any changes will need to be made BEFORE the Mailing Deadline!) Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the words SIGN IN at the top
  3. Click on MY TICKETS
  4. Click on CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP (If you don’t already have an account, if you do, go to step 6)
  5. Create a new account using the same email address you used to purchase your tickets
  6. Verify your email address and sign in to your account
  7. Click on your name in the top right
  8. Select MY ORDERS

From there you will see the option to Upgrade, Swap (downgrade), or edit your personal information.

Badges are 100% transferable. All you need to do is pass the physical badge or badge confirmation on to the new party. To update the name and email assigned to the badge, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit
  2. Click SIGN IN
  3. Click MY TICKETS
  4. Click CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP (If you don’t already have an account, if you already have an account, go to step 6)
  5. Create an account using the same email address you used to purchase your badges
  6. Verify your email address and sign in to your account
  7. Click on your name located at the top right
  8. Click MY ORDERS
  9. Click on the order you want to update

Badges that are lost, stolen or damaged cannot be replaced. Please take care of your badge—it is your only valid entry into the event.

We’re sorry, but a badge is required for entry. If you are unable to return home to retrieve your badge, a new one will need to be purchased (subject to availability).

Awesome Con badges are non-refundable.

All attendees ages 3 and up need a badge to attend.

A Kids Badge can be purchased for children aged 3 to 10 years old, and it is valid for all three days at Awesome Con. Children ages 11 and up need a regular badge to attend. Children ages 2 and under do not need a badge.

Club Awesome is by far the awesomest way to experience the con. Club Awesome and Club Awesome Reserve memberships entitle you to tons of amazing perks! You can read all about them here!

Sorry, the benefits of a Premium badge badge only apply to 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.

* There is an exception to this rule for photo ops. Epic Photo Ops allows more than more person in a photo op, so your photo op guest may use your Jump-the-Line privilege with you in this case.

* Additionally, if you have a child 10 and under with a Kids badge, they area allowed to accompany you in the expedited lined, but they will not receive any additional Premium benefits.

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

Information on professional badge registration can be found on our pro badge page.

If you have a problem with your badges, please contact

Guest, Programming, Photo Ops & Autographing FAQs

Celebrity and creator guests are announced regularly! For more info, check out the guest page.

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

The schedules for autographs and photo ops will be released closer to the event.

Once they go on sale, you can view autograph and photo ops pricing and pre-purchase them via the Epic Photo Ops website. If you have an issue with your purchase, please contact Epic Photo Ops directly for assistance.

If the celebrity autograph or photo op you’re looking for is not listed for pre-purchase, they may have requested to sell onsite only.

Many guests will take cash or credit, but you will need to confirm at their table.

Typically our guests will have headshots, included in the cost of the autograph, to be signed at their table.

Typically, yes, but not always. The signing of personal items is done at the guests’ discretion and may require an additional charge at their booth. Guests will sign one item per autograph ticket, if you want more than one item signed, additional autograph tickets will need to be purchased.

It is up to each guest whether they will take a selfie or not. If they indicate in advance that they will take selfies, it will be listed on their autograph page on the Epic Photos website, otherwise, you would need to ask at their table.

A photo op is a professionally taken photo in front of a backdrop by our partner, Epic Photo Ops. Minutes after the photo is taken, you will receive a printed copy (a digital copy is also available for purchase). Yes, this is super fun. A selfie would be a photo taken at the guest’s table using your phone.

Graders and authenticators at the show will be added to this page.

Other FAQs

We do have a crew program! You can find out more about it here.

The link to our exhibitor form can be found here and the link to our Artist Alley/Maker’s Market/Author’s Lane application can be found here.

We recommend all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 11 must have an adult with them while attending Awesome Con.

Awesome Con strives to create an inclusive and friendly environment for all of its attendees. We are happy to provide a variety of services to help you enjoy your experience! You can find more information and our full policy here.

More information will be provided closer to the show.

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!

We have a zero-tolerance policy against harassment. You can read our harassment policy in full here.

Outside food and drink is not permitted inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but if you need to keep some snacks or water (no glass bottles) on you for medical reasons, that’s okay.

We do not restrict the type of bag you can bring to the show. All bags will be subject to a check by security before entry.

Unfortunately, there is no bag check inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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. Once our room blocks are available, it will be posted on our travel page.

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

Guest suggestions can be sent over to