Anime USA 20th Anniversary Celebration

Washington Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, October 19th - 21st, 2018

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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.

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 Anime USA

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!

Scavenger Hunt

We’ve all seen and done some crazy stuff around anime conventions, so Anime USA decided to make a game of it!

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.