We have some disappointing news for those looking forward to getting in on one of the biggest parts of anime convention season later this year. Due to the current state of events and complications from COVID-19, Otakon 2020 has officially been canceled.
Otakon 2020 was originally scheduled for July 31-August 2, which might seem like a safe time to hold the event. Here’s a more detailed explanation from the announcement:
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.
Whether you’re a regular attendee, dealer, or artist, you’ll have the option to transfer your registration to 2021, the dates for which have been announced. Otakon is also making an exception to their standard no-refunds policy for this year, and you can request one online if you won’t be able to attend next year.
The new dates for the Otakon 2021 are August 6-8, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.