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AWA 2020 Cancellation & Info

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This is the post you’ve been waiting for. 

While it brings us great sadness to announce that there will be no physical AWA 2020, we are glad we are able to help keep you and your families safe for this Halloween. We know a virtual con does not replace all of the fun of a physical con where you get blisters from your cosplay shoes and exhaust your muscles from carrying that giant sword everywhere, but we are still excited for the opportunities we have in creating a unique virtual experience for you and our crew.

You’ve likely seen dozens of other cancellation posts, so here’s ours – let us know if we managed to answer all of your questions on our social media or by emailing

When will the next AWA be?

October 28 – 31, 2021.

Do you have dates for AWA’s after that?

We do!

  • October 27 – 30, 2022
  • October 26 – 29, 2023

I purchased a membership for AWA 2020, what happens to it?

Your membership will be automatically rolled over to AWA 2021, which will take place at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly October 28 – 31, 2021. You do not need to take any action, our incredible registration humans have already taken care of that for you.

Please check the email you registered with in the upcoming weeks for additional updates regarding refunds and additional transfer options such as donating the cost of your membership to charity. 

Oh no, I already have long standing plans for Halloween 2021 (dang, that is some impressive planning!). What do?

If you are interested, we have the option for you to roll your membership over to 2022. That convention will be October 27-30, 2022, at the same place – the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel.

I applied for an artist alley table, what happens to my application?

Great question! We are planning on hosting a virtual convention that will feature artists, so hang tight for an update regarding being a part of the virtual convention / information you’ll need to be a part of 2021.

My company had a dealer’s booth, what happens with that?

Your booth & any add-ons will automatically be rolled over to 2021. Just like with memberships, you do not need to take any actions for this to happen. If you need to roll over to 2022, send us an email and we can get you added to that list.

Will there be AWA 2020 merch?

We are currently exploring the logistics of offering a 2020 shirt online, as well as items from previous years cons. We will post about that as soon as we have an update!

When will hotel bookings open?

Sometime in 2021! Depending on what the world looks like in 2021, it may be later than the typical March date.

How can I help make sure AWA 2021 happens?

Wear a mask! If you see someone without a mask, throw masks at them from a safe distance of 6’+ until they get the hint.

Is AWA going virtual?

We will host a free virtual AWA-inspired experience online Halloween weekend 2020. We are always open to ideas and suggestions, and since this is a new endeavor, the sky’s the limit! If you want to see anything, want to contribute content, have awesome virtual event skills you’d like to volunteer, or just want to say hello!, you can send an email to

Do I have to wear a mask to the virtual convention?

If you’re outside of your house and going to be near other human beings who don’t live in your house, yes.

Will pets be allowed at the virtual convention?

Yes, and they are highly encouraged to come as they are or cosplay themselves.

COVID-19 Status Update – Hotel Block Open Date POSTPONED

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We know the world has changed pretty drastically in the last few weeks, and we all have questions about the future. Our crystal ball just keeps saying “ask again later” and we are pretty sure Zoltan hasn’t washed his hands in a while so we don’t have answers yet either. We are hoping everyone will do their part to stomp the curve and help make it safe for us to gather in October.

We are still planning for AWA (and now we have a little extra time to put together some REALLY cool plans) to happen over Halloween weekend.

That said, we did plan to have hotel blocks open in April, but with many hotels doing their part to help by closing and sending staff home, we have to move the opening of the hotel blocks to June. If you received a notification via email, fb messenger, or in the AWA groups, you will receive an update via the same channel (in addition to the posts on FB/Twitter/IG) when we know what the new dates are. If you would like to be updated via email, we have put up a fresh form at to request an email update. We would also like to add that in the event we have to cancel or postpone due to COVID-19, all no-refund policies for hotel deposits will be waived.

We’ll get through this together. Keep your chin up, make time for self care, reach out to your friends and don’t feel bad about chopping down trees in Animal Crossing for those sweet sweet crafting materials and bells.

Hotel Blocks Opening for AWA 2019

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The moment you’ve been waiting for is HERE! Special Rates for AWA have been finalized, the i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed! You will be able to book your room on March 5th at 10am. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Since demand for the Waverly is always so high, we will be doing something a little different for that hotel. There will be two separate buttons when you visit the hotel page on the AWA website. One link will handle Waverly reservations only, and the other will handle booking for all of the other hotels.

For those of you who plan on staying for the full weekend, a portion of the room block (120 rooms) will be opening a day early for people staying Thursday – Monday. Starting at 8am on March 4th, you can reserve a 4 night stay at the Waverly during the AWA weekend. Due to the overall demand for the rooms, these reservations will need to be pre-paid in full upon booking and are non-refundable. The remaining rooms at the Waverly will be available for booking on the 5th at 8am (so you don’t have to choose which link you want to click first). If you are booking for the Waverly at that time, you must book a minimum of 2 nights, but no deposit is required at that time.

Attached to this post is a listing of the hotels offering special AWA rates, and includes their rates, cancellation deadlines, whether or not a deposit is required, and if/when a shuttle will be running to ferry you back and forth to to the convention center. Most hotels offer standard rates across all their rooms with the exceptions of the Embassy Suites ($129 for standard room with a king bed, $174 for a suite with king bed, and $204 for a suite with two queen beds), and the Sheraton Suites ($170 for singles, $175 for doubles, $180 for triples and $185 for quads).

We will post more details on the links/system to book in the next couple weeks.

Haikara-San Here Comes Miss Modern Ticket Give Away

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ELEVEN ARTS and AWA is giving away two tickets for you and a friend to go see Haikara-San when it comes to theaters next month!
To enter, make sure you have liked the AWA page on SM, and fill out the linked form below by June 2nd at 6pm. We will not use your data for anything other than selecting a winner for the giveaway, so never fear!

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