What does it mean to preregister for AWA?

  • You can purchase AWA memberships in advance of the show, starting now online. These memberships are good for all four of the convention days, and membership badges can be picked up at any time during the weekend. Your membership badge will allow you access to guest panels, autographs, video gaming, table top gaming, the manga library, anime screenings and premiers, the Video Art Track and so much more! Additional tickets for very special events like the formal ball can be purchased when you register online as well.

You can now register online until Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:59pm! ONLY 4 day adult memberships can be purchased online.

Pre-Registration Prices

These memberships will need to be picked up when you arrive at the convention. They will NOT be mailed to your home. Membership prices change at 11:59pm EST on the deadline date.

Oct 2, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

$ 50

per 4 day membership

Jan 2, 2017 - May 31, 2017

$ 55

per 4 day membership

June 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

$ 60

per 4 day membership

Sept 1 - Sept 30, 2017

$ 70

per 4 day membership

Pre-Registration Prices with Early Start

These memberships will be mailed to your home. Please make sure to provide a correct mailing address when you register. Memberships will be sent 2 weeks before the convention, and you will receive a tracking number. Once they are in the mail, the badge(s) are your responsibility. You will be able to pick up your con guide, lanyard and bag when you arrive at the convention at an information booth or special registration. No waiting required! Membership prices change at 11:59pm EST on the deadline date. Early start memberships cannot be purchased after August 31st.

Oct 2, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017

$ 65

per 4 mailed day membership

Jan 2, 2017 - May 31, 2017

$ 70

per mailed 4 day membership

June 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

$ 75

per mailed 4 day membership

Pre-Registration Group Prices

These memberships will need to be picked up by the Group Leader when you arrive at the convention. They will NOT be mailed to your home. Membership prices change at 11:59pm EST on the deadline date.

Oct 2, 2017 - May 31, 2017

$ 45

per 4 day membership

June 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

$ 55

per 4 day membership

Pre-Registration Group Prices with Early Start

These memberships will be mailed to the Group Leader’s home. Please make sure to provide a correct mailing address when you register. Memberships will be sent 2 weeks before the convention, and you will receive a tracking number. Once they are in the mail, the badges are your responsibility. You will be able to pick up your con guide, lanyard and bag when you arrive at the convention at an information booth or special registration. No waiting required! Membership prices change at 11:59pm EST on the deadline date.

Oct 2, 2017 - May 31, 2017

$ 60

per mailed 4 day membership

June 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

$ 70

per mailed 4 day membership

Why preregister?

Pre-registering for the convention has some great benefits for you! These include:

  • Saving money! Prices go up as the event gets closer, so the sooner you register, the more money you save.
  • Being able to pick up your membership badges earliest on Thursday before the show.
  • A separate line is available for picking up membership badges.
  • The pre-registration line is much faster than the walk-in line.
  • Not having to pay for the event, and whatever purchases you may want to make at the show all at once.
  • You’ll have the option of skipping lines entirely and having your membership badges mailed to you.
  • You can add on con shirts, or formal ball tickets when you register.

Groups

If you are attending AWA as a group of 10 or more people, you can register online and get a special group discount.

How does this work?

  • Group membership badges can only be picked up by the Primary Attendee- the person who paid for the passes online. From there, it is their responsibility to distribute the membership badges to their group.
  • It is best to plan to arrive either together, or after the Primary Attendee, as they are the only ones who will be able to pick up the membership badges. If you arrive before the Primary Attendee, you must wait for them to pick up the membership badges.

Early Start (Mailed Memberships)

What is Early Start and how can I get it?

  • Early Start is separate membership type that allows us to send you your membership badge certified mail for a small fee. We no longer require a signature, but we are not responsible for the package once it has been mailed out.
  • When purchasing Early Start, please provide us with a full mailing address. Without an address, we cannot send your badges to you.
  • Your badge will be mailed to you approximately 2 weeks before the convention. The package will only contain your badge. Lanyards and con guides can be picked up from Info or Special Registration – no wait required!
  • You can add this feature when registering. Once you have your membership badge, you are good to go for AWA – just show up and start having fun – no registration line required!

Picking Up Membership Badges

  • You will need photo identification with your name (matching the name of the person who registered), and your Eventbrite confirmation email to pick up your membership badge(s)
  • You may bring your Eventbrite confirmation email on your mobile device. We recommend screenshotting the email so you don’t have to wait on it loading when you reach the window.
  • You do not need a government issued ID, but it is generally the easiest form of identification. Other forms of ID will be allowed at the registration director’s discretion.

Special Notes:

  • AWA memberships are non-refundable. If you have pre-registered for the event, and can no longer attend, you can transfer your AWA 2017 membership to another person, or to the following year. Unused memberships from AWA 2016 and earlier can no longer be transferred.
  • If you need to transfer your membership, you may do so up to 30 days after the end of the convention. If you do not contact us within this time frame, we will be unable to transfer your membership.
  • Group memberships cannot be transferred to the following year, unless the entire group transfers. If you register with a group and cannot attend, you must transfer your membership to another person, or forfeit your membership.
  • Early Start (mailed)  membership badges cannot be transferred after they have been mailed. You will receive a confirmation once your membership badge is in the mail.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us at registration@awa-con.com.

Badge Pick Up

Individual Pre-Registration

  • There will  be one line for ALL Pre-registered memberships.
  •  You must have your confirmation email and Photo ID. The name on your Photo ID MUST match the name on the badge, no exceptions.

Group Registration

  • Group Leaders will get in the Pre-Reg line.
  • Only the Group Leader will be able to pick up badges for the group.
  • If for some reason your Group Leader can not attend, they will need to contact us prior to the convention to change the Primary Attendee for the group.
  • The Group Leader will need to show Photo ID (just the confirmation emails is not sufficient) and will be given a packet with the group’s badges in it.  At that point, they will need to check the badges and sign that they have been picked up. Please, check the badges at the window. After the Group Leader leaves the window, the badges are their responsibility!
  • Group memberships cannot be transferred to the following year, unless the entire group transfers. If you register with a group and cannot attend, you must transfer your membership to another person, or forfeit your membership.  Note: No membership badges will be refunded at the convention. Any transfer requests will be processed after the convention.
  • The Group Leader will have the option of picking up the Program Books/Bags for their entire group or getting “coupons” for their group members to come back and get them at their leisure (either from Registration or the Information Booth).
  • Individual group members will NOT be able to pick up their badges.

What’s considered Photo ID?

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • State-Issued ID Card
  • School / College / University Student ID
  • Armed Forces Identification
  • Passport

Don’t have a Photo ID?

Pre-registered attendees who are minors will have to appear at Registration with an adult relative (not an adult friend) to present their ID to pick up their badge. They can not pick up the badge for the minor if they are not present.