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Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, December 8 - 10, 2017

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Anime USA, the convention

Of Otaku, By Otaku, For Otaku.

In 1999, a group of anime fans came together and started Anime USA, a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, art, culture, history, and fashion. In 2004, Anime USA formed a non-profit educational organization to host the convention. Anime USA’s mission is to promote, as well as educate the public about Japanese arts and popular culture. Anime USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit managed solely by a staff of volunteers.

Purchase a membership today!

$33/ 3 days
Child (Age 6 - 12)
  • Membership Badge
  • Normal access to Anime USA convention for the entire weekend
$150/ 3 days
  • Express badge pickup at registration
  • Specially designed Sponsor membership badge
  • Anime USA 2017 t-shirt
  • Anime USA 2017 pin
  • Anime USA 2017 shot glass
  • 1/2 hour early entrance to the Dealer’s room and Artist Alley
  • Priority entrance the Main Events, Maid Café, Host Club, autographs and selected other events
  • 1 hour meet and greet reception with Anime USA guests
  • *Limited to 125 members*
$66/ 3 days
  • Membership Badge
  • Normal access to Anime USA convention for the entire weekend
Group and Club Discounts
  • Group Discounts
  • Any group of eight or more Regular memberships purchased at the same will receive a 10% discount.

  • Club Discounts

  • Anime, geek, fandom, and cosplay clubs can sign up with us to receive a special club rate of $44 for a Regular membership and $69 for a Silver membership. See here for more information.
$91/ 3 days
  • Specially designed Silver membership badge
  • Anime USA 2017 t-shirt
  • Anime USA 2017 pin
  • Anime USA 2017 shot glass
  • One Priority Entrance coupon
  • *Limited to 300 members*

Convention Hours


Thu: 7PM-11PM
Fri: 9AM-10PM
Sat: 9AM-10PM
Sun: 9AM-2PM

Maid Café

Fri 12PM-530PM
Sat 12PM-530PM

Dealer Room

Fri: 1PM-8PM
Sat: 10AM-7PM
Sun: 10AM-3PM

Host Club

Fri: 7PM-12AM
Sat: 7PM-12AM

Charity Auction


Artist Alley

Fri: 12PM-9PM
Sat: 10AM-9PM
Sun: 10AM-3PM

Video Game Room

Fri: 10AM-3AM
Sat: 10AM-3AM
Sun: 10AM-3PM

LARP (Park 8223)


Info Desk

Thu: 5PM-11PM
Fri: 9AM-10PM
Sat: 9AM-10PM
Sun: 9AM-4PM

Table Top

Fri: 11AM-1AM
Sat: 11AM-1AM
Sun: 11AM-330PM

Con Safety & Medical

24 Hrs starting at 7PM on Thu until 4PM on Sunday

Hotel Information

Washington Marriott Wardman Park

2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington D.C. 20008

Phone: (202) 328-2000

Standard Guest Room Rate
$167.00 per night + taxes

Hotel Pet Policy

Hotel Parking Lot Rate: $25 per night (Anime USA 2017 Convention—Discounted Rate)

Parking at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel is available, but limited; the hotel’s parking lot has approximately 600 parking spaces. It is anticipated that the parking lot will fill up to capacity on the Friday of the convention through the end of the convention (Sunday).

In order to receive this rate, you must tie your hotel key to your parking ticket at the hotel’s front desk or get a colored parking ticket from the info desk. Otherwise, you will be charged the standard rate, which is significantly more expensive.

How to Get Here

By Car

Northwest of Washington D.C.

Follow the signs to Washington D.C. (George Washington Parkway). Take I-395 North to Route 1 (Route 1 is the 14th Street Bridge). Merge to the far left lane on the bridge and follow the signs for 14th Street. Take 14th Street for 1 mile. Turn left onto K Street. Continue on K for 5 blocks. Turn right onto Connecticut. Ave. Follow Connecticut. Ave. for 1 mile. Cross over the William Taft Bridge. Make a left turn at the 3rd light after the bridge onto Woodley Rd. The Hotel entrance is on left.

East of Washington D.C.

Follow the signs to Interstate 66 east to Washington. Follow I-66 to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (US Route 50). Take the Constitution Ave exit off of the bridge. Continue on Constitution for 6 blocks and make a left turn onto 17th Street. This will change to Connecticut Ave. Continue on Connecticut. Ave. for 1 mile. Cross over the William Taft Bridge. Make a left turn at the 3rd .light after the bridge onto Woodley Ave. The hotel entrance is on the left.

South of Washington D.C.

Follow I-95 N to VA-27 N/S Washington Blvd in Arlington. Keep right at the fork to continue on I-395 N, follow signs for Interstate 495 N/Washington/Tysons Corner/Interstate 395 N. Take exit 8B to merge onto VA-27 N/S Washington Blvd toward Rosslyn. Use the middle lane to continue on Washington Blvd. Use the 2nd from the left lane to stay on Washington Blvd. Use the right lane to turn slightly right onto Memorial Circle. Continue onto Arlington Memorial Bridge then continue going straight. Take the exit toward Rock Creek Pkwy/Kennedy Center. Merge onto Ohio Dr SW. Use any lane to turn slightly left toward Rock Creek and Potomac Pkwy NW. Keep left to continue on Rock Creek and Potomac Pkwy NW. Continue onto Beach Dr NW/Rock Creek Pkwy NW. Keep left to continue on Shoreham Dr NW. Slight right at Rock Creek Park Trails. Continue onto Cathedral Ave NW. Turn left onto Woodley Rd NW. The hotel entrance will be on the left.


This is Anime USA’s favorite way to come to the convention, and it is highly recommended. The convention takes place right next to the  Woodley Park/Adams Morgan metro stop on the red line. When you arrive at the top of the stairs, the hotel will be directly across the street on your right. Either continue up Connecticut Ave to Woodley Road, or go up the back drive located just south of the metro entrance. Anime USA strongly encourages use of the metro, as it will be the easiest and cheapest way to get to our convention. Some metro stations offer free long-term parking on weekends. Please check with the station manager to ensure you are parking legally at that station.

Union Station:

This is the point of arrival for trains and buses in Washington D.C. In addition, there are more than two thousand parking spaces available. The red line metro stop in the basement is a direct 15 minute ride from the hotel.

Reagan National Airport:

This is the primary airport for Washington D.C. with more than ten thousand parking spaces available. The airport is on the blue/yellow lines and is about half an hour from the hotel.

Who To See

Trina Nishimura

Trina Nishimura

Voice Actress

Bill Collison

Bill Collison

Armourer - Man At Arms

Ilya Alekseyev

Ilya Alekseyev

Armourer - Man At Arms

Matt Stagmer

Matt Stagmer

Bladesmith - Man At Arms

Edo Bushido

Edo Bushido

Musical Guest

Jacob Roege

Jacob Roege

Triforce Quartet - Second Violin

Chad Schwartz

Chad Schwartz

Chad Schwartz - Cello, Arranger, and Founder

Christopher Ferrara

Christopher Ferrara

Triforce Quartet - First Violin

Stanley Beckwith

Stanley Beckwith

Triforce Quartet - Voila

Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

Musical Guest

Chris Cason

Chris Cason

Special Guest

Lisle Wilkerson

Lisle Wilkerson

Voice Actress

Oscar Seung

Oscar Seung

Special Guest

What To Do

Educational and Cultural Programming

Anime USA is excited to present a wide range of panels, workshops, performances and demonstrations exploring history, traditional arts, modern Japanese pop culture and American fan culture.

Request a Guest for the Next AUSA

If you have a guest that you would like to see at Anime USA, please fill out this form. We can’t promise that they will appear, but we will do our best!

AMV Contest

We invite you and everyone that wishes to come and enjoy the 2017 AMV Track at Anime USA! We wish to put out a challenge to all AMV editors and studios to put on their game face and make their best work to date.

Artist Alley

Artists Alley is the home for Anime USA’s artists. Here they can show off their works, talk shop with other artists, and interact with their fans.

Exhibit in the Artist Alley

View the rules and sign up to be a part of Anime USA’s 2017 Artist Alley.

Panels and Workshops

Each year, Anime USA is excited to present a wide range of panels and workshops relating to anime, manga, music, video games, web comics, and other aspects of fan culture.

Tabletop Gaming

Do you prefer your games be played in analog? If so, test your mettle, flex your strategic might and take on others in various head to head challenges in our tabletop gaming room. All skill levels welcome.

Dealers Room

The Dealers Room is Anime USA’s marketplace. We’ve got everything from industry dealers to small businesses and independent retailers.

Exhibit in the Dealers Room

View the rules and sign up to be a part of Anime USA’s 2017 Dealer’s Room.

Dating Game

We have an all-ages edition for everyone, and an 18+ version for the more adventurous. You can select your preference when signing up!

Maid Cafe

My Cup of Tea is Anime USA’s proprietary Maid Café that began operation in 2009. We pride ourselves in providing attendees with an experience like that of a authentic Japanese maid café.

Host Club

A night club dedicated to serving up dreams. Club Ikemen Paradise is sure to meet your expectations.

Idol Showcase

Join us on Saturday in Stage 2 to see five of these extremely talented
teams not only entertain you, but completely immerse you in the world
of Idol culture!


Do you love to sing songs from Anime, J-rock, and J-pop? Then join us for this year’s Anime USA Karaoke event.

Video Game Room

 From driving simulators to Purikura to claw games to Dance Dance Revolution, Tokyo Attack will bring the Japanese arcade experience to you!

Cosplay Photo Shoot Ideas

Have an idea for the perfect setting for your single or group cosplay photo shoot? Fill out our form and let us know!


Cosplayers, performers, and shenanigans abound- the Anime USA Cosplay Masquerade features them all!

Hall Cosplay Competition

No performance or acting is required for this contest. Contestants are scheduled for a five-to-seven minute block behind closed doors with our judges and explain the intricacies of the work that they placed into their costume.

Formal Ball

Each year, we host a themed formal ball at Anime USA!


Part Fanfic, Part Roleplay, and Part Tabletop game, LARP is a celebration of fandom and nerdyness that allows you to get into the skin of your favorite character and play as them along with others and their own.

Other Great Information


While we hope you find tons to do at the convention, we know it can be nice to step out and get a quick bite to eat and see a little bit of this wonderful city.

Local Attractions

While we hope you find tons to do at the convention, we know it can be nice to step out and visit a local attraction and see a little bit of this wonderful city.

Connecticut Avenue/Adams Morgan is the neighborhood we’re located in, and it is one of the most popular locations in Washington DC for restaurants and bars.

The National  Zoo is one of Washington’s top tourist attractions and a very short walk from our hotel. To visit, exit the hotel, and walk north along Connecticut Avenue about ¼ of a mile. The Zoo will be located directly across the street (you can’t miss it). It is free and open every day from 6am to 8pm.

The Freer and Sackler Galleries are the Smithsonian Museums devoted to the arts of Asia. They are located on the National Mall and are excited to invite Anime USA members to visit them. They are located off the Smithsonian metro stop on the orange and blue line, about a 25 minute trip from the convention. They are free and open 10am to 5:30pm every day.

There are hundreds of other things to see in Washington DC. Please feel free to ask at the concierge desk of the hotel for recommendations and information. Anime USA hopes you enjoy your visit to Washington D.C.