From June 3-5, DC’s Convention Center turns into a massive celebration of geek culture.
More than 70,000 fans will be able to see their favorite stars from comics, films, TV, toys and games throughout Awesome Con, a three-day festival that is Washington, DC’s own Comic Con. Expect plenty of costumed attendees and an array of activities to enjoy during one of the city’s most vibrant annual events. Read below for some highlights and make sure to purchase your badge ASAP.
Meet the cast of Marvel’s 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' and many other special guests
Awesome Con has officially partnered with ACE Comic Con and to bring the power of the ten rings to DC. Fans can snap a photo and get an autograph from superstars Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Meng’er Zhang (Xialing) and Florian Munteanu (Razor Fist). Other special guests include the cast of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Anthony Daniels of Star Wars fame, Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz from Star Trek: Discovery and many, many more.
Have a blast at Destination Cosplay
Last year’s Awesome Con saw the debut of Destination Cosplay, a special feature in the Expo Hall dedicated to all things cosplay. This year, the fun only expands with super cool photo backdrops, fandom meetups, craft demonstrations and additional live entertainment.
Check out Pride Alley
This year’s Awesome Con fortunately takes place during Pride Month, with the event set to celebrate in a big way. In addition to the always fabulous Pride Alley curated by Geeks OUT, there will also be Pride HQ for fans to grab free pronoun stickers, connect with others in the community and learn about Pride in Washington, DC.
Take the kids to Awesome Con Jr.
The littlest fans have a lot to look forward to this year. Awesome Con Jr. will offer drawing and crafting workshops and a slew of interactive entertainment in the new Movement Zone. There will also be cute costumed-character meet-and-greets and plenty of free goodies from Awesome Con’s sponsors.
Browse the Book Fair
Another new Awesome Con that debuted in 2021, the Book Fair is a haven for lit lovers of all ages. In partnership with Solid State Books, fans will be able to shop, find their next read at the Recommendation Station and have their books signed by popular authors. The Book Fair is also a spot to discover indie authors and even grab a DC Public Library card.
Looking for more to do in the area before or after Awesome Con? Be sure to check out our Mount Vernon neighborhood guide where you can find all things to do near the convention center.