Anime Weekend Atlanta - What will it be about + where to get tickets?

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA), the largest anime convention in the Southeast of USA, is gearing up for its highly anticipated event in Atlanta, Georgia. AWA is a four-day celebration of Japanese culture, anime, manga, and general pop-culture. This year, the convention will take place from October 26 to October 29, 2023, at the Cobb Galleria and the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

What is it about?

AWA event held in 2016
AWA event held in 2016 (Image via AWA’s official facebook page)

With over 32,000 unique attendees in 2022, AWA has become a hub for anime enthusiasts, cosplayers, and fans of all things Japanese. The convention promises an exciting lineup of events, including cosplay showcases, concerts, video gaming tournaments, anime premieres, anime music videos, and meet and greets with popular anime celebrities.


Sailor moon cosplays in Sailor Moon day celebrated by AWA
Sailor moon cosplays in Sailor Moon day celebrated by AWA (Image via AWA’s official facebook page)

One of the highlights of Anime Weekend Atlanta is the stunning cosplay scene. Cosplayers from all over the region will showcase their creativity and talent through elaborate costumes and detailed character portrayals. From popular anime characters to unique creations, the convention floor will be a vibrant display of fandom and dedication.

Video games

For those with a competitive spirit, AWA offers exciting gaming tournaments, including both video games and traditional tabletop games. Engage in friendly competition or simply cheer on your favorite players as they battle it out for victory. The gaming section is sure to provide endless entertainment for gamers of all ages and interests.

Musical experience

A still from Anime Weekend Atlanta program held in 2010
A still from Anime Weekend Atlanta program held in 2010 (Image via AWA’s official facebook page)

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) is set to bring an impressive lineup of musical guests to the stage this year, promising an unforgettable musical experience for attendees. Among the talented performers invited to grace the AWA stage are Voia, BPM15Q, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, and PIXY. 

Other than this, many anime voice actors will also be participating in this program. Roger Clark, Eric Vale who is renowned for his voiceover of Yuki Soma in fruit basket and Kimblee in Fullmetal Alchemist will also be presenting in this most-awaited event.

How to book tickets?

To secure your spot at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2023, you can visit the official AWA website at The registration for the event is also called as membership, booking of tickets or badges.

On the official website, participants are given option to purchase a 4-day, 3-day, 2-day and single day membership. The membership can be obtained online, with an option of getting it mailed at your doorstep with additional charges.

Accordingly booking of hotels is also available on the official website of AWA. Booking for the 4+ day tickets started on May 17, 2023.

However the booking for 3+ days tickets will become available starting at 10 AM on May 23, so be sure to mark your calendars and secure your preferred accommodations early. On the main page, you’ll find the links for hotel bookings, ensuring a convenient and comfortable stay during the convention. 

Where to stay?

For those seeking convenience and a seamless experience, AWA has secured partnerships with local hotels. This will ensure attendees benefit from exclusive discounted rates.

By staying close to the convention venue, participants can relish the 24-hour festivities, avoid the burden of carrying around their anime treasures, and effortlessly switch between their meticulously crafted cosplays. As an added bonus, participating hotels will offer complimentary in-room wifi, enabling visitors to stay connected throughout their stay.

Covid-19 regulations

At AWA, the safety and well-being of attendees are paramount. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the convention organizers have taken steps to prioritize the health of con-goers. 

While specific mandates and requirements may be subject to change based on public health guidance, AWA has previously aligned with recommended best practices, including vaccine mandates, mask requirements, and negative COVID-19 tests for entry.

As of now, no proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test, or masks will be required to attend AWA. However, it’s important to stay updated with the latest information and guidelines from AWA regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. Some guests may still request masks during interactions with attendees. It is also crucial to exercise common courtesy and refrain from attending if feeling unwell. As a little consideration can help prevent the spread of various illnesses.

As an anime lover, Neha is captivated by the colorful and enchanting world of Japanese animation. From action-packed shonen to heartwarming slice-of-life, she immerses herself in the diverse genres and explore the artistry and creativity that each anime offers