Frequently Asked Questions

What is OtakuFest?

OtakuFest is a two-day festival and convention that celebrates Anime, Animation, Manga, Cosplay, Video Games, Comics, Pop Culture and all things Geek!

Highlights include:

  • OtakuFest will take place at the Miami Airport Convention Center, which includes 100,000 square feet of newly renovated exhibit space, Ballrooms, and Breakout Rooms.

  • The Main Exhibition Room is over 50,000 square feet and will host hundreds of exhibitors, vendors, craftspeople, publishers, artists, and writers.

  • Our celebrity row area is where you can get autographs and photos with some of your favorite voice actors, creators and professional cosplayers and is located in the Main Exhibition Room.

  • Our main events stage has seats for an audience of over 700 and is where our main events take place, including our main Celebrity Q&A’s / Panels, Costume Competitions, and Concerts.

  • There is a dedicated Concession Zone with plenty of options for food on site and lots of space for seating.

  • Our ballroom stages feature more Celebrity Q&A’s/Panels, Cosplay Contests, Game Shows and more!

  • Our Video Game Ballroom is the place for video game free play and tournaments.

  • Our Gaming rooms host tabletop gaming, including Role-playing games and CCG’s.

  • Plus, we have over a dozen additional event rooms featuring more panels, Q&A’s, cosplay workshops, anime viewings, anime music videos, cultural panels, karaoke, and much, much more!

  • OtakuFest is a truly unique event and has more events than any other show of its kind in South Florida, with over 100 unique events!

 

When is OtakuFest?

OtakuFest is July 4-5, 2020

CONVENTION EVENT HOURS:

Saturday: 10am to 12am

Sunday: 10am to 10pm

EXHIBITION HALL HOURS:

Saturday: 10am to 7pm

Sunday: 10am to 7pm

 

Where is OtakuFest?

OtakuFest takes place at The Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

 

Where can I get a hotel to stay in town?

The DoubleTree by Hilton (attached to the Convention Center) is the Official Host Hotels for OtakuFest. The hotel has a special rate for attendees if you reserve your room early.

 

How do I get to OtakuFest?

The Miami Airport Convention Center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126.
Convention Center Phone: (305) 261-3800

DIRECTIONS:

From North Via Interstate 95
• Take I-95 South to 836 West (Dolphin Expressway)
• Follow 836 West to Milam Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave.) and exit
• Turn left on Milam Dairy Rd
• Turn left at the third light then immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel

From South
• Take Hwy 826 North (Palmetto Expressway) to 836 East (Dolphin Expressway)Exit on Milam
• Dairy Rd (NW 72nd Ave)Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
• Turn left at the second light then immediate left & follow the sign to the hotel

From East
• Take Hwy 836 West (Dolphin Expressway) to Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave) and exit
• Turn left on Milam Dairy Rd
• Turn left at the third light then immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel

From West
• Take Hwy 836 East (Dolphin Expressway) to Milam Dairy Road (NW 72nd Ave) and exit
• Turn right on Milam Dairy Rd
• Turn left at the second light then take an immediate left and follow the sign to the hotel

Please check with the city for Bus and Train schedules for the best way to use public transportation.

 

Where can I park?

Parking is just $5 per car, with no in/out privileges.
The Convention Center operates a 1,700 car surface lot adjacent to the Convention Center.

 

How much does it cost to get in?

You can attend the show for one day or two days. There are discounts for advance ticket purchases. Go to the Tickets page for all ticketing info. There are significant savings for Buddy and Squad passes, especially if you get your tickets early!

 

Where can I get tickets to the show?

Tickets are available in advance on our website on the tickets page. When you purchase your tickets online, you will get a ticket confirmation emailed to you. We do not mail individual tickets. Bring the confirmation with you to the show and that’s your ticket. If you lose it, don’t worry…. we’ll have your name on the registration list, just bring your ID.

 

I purchased tickets but can no longer attend. What do I do with my tickets?

While tickets are non-refundable, they are transferable! This means that you can give your OtakuFest tickets to a friend. Click HERE for instructions on how to transfer your ticket.

 

What happens at the show?

There’s over 100,000 square feet of events, vendors, artists, etc. With your paid registration, you get a copy of our program guide, containing a list of all the scheduled events and a show map. You can also see the schedule in advance on our website Events page. To get the most enjoyment from the convention, we encourage you to review the scheduled events ahead of time. This will ensure that you don’t miss anything you want to do in the rush of the moment. Count on having previously unknown interests piqued at least once during the convention. Also, please keep in mind that last-minute schedule changes can and will happen with little notice. You can download the App [when available] in the app store for up to the minute info.

 

Is there food at the show?

Yes. The Convention Center is serviced by Centerplate, which has a variety of snack and meal options for attendees at affordable prices.

If you’d like something else, there are a few restaurants at the Miami Merchandise Mart, walking distance from the Convention Center. And for those on a Pocky/Ramune diet, we’ll have Japanese Snacks located at the Otaku Store booth.

 

Can I take pictures and video at the show?

Yes, you can… however, there are some rules. Please use common sense. If someone doesn’t want their picture taken or put on video, please respect their wishes. The same holds true for our celebrity guests. They are our guests and have a right to their privacy, so be nice. Many of our Vendors in the Dealers’ Room don’t like to have people take pictures of their setups, so be sure to ask first. And some of our guests charge for photos, so be sure to ask first! Basically, the answer is, Ask First! Remember, trying to take a picture of one of our guests from a distance may seem harmless to you, but they may not want you to do it. Also, when taking pictures of people in costume, or your friends, please be sure to angle yourselves so that you are not taking a picture across an aisle. When you do that, everyone must stop and wait for you to take the picture. If you move so that you are both on the same side of the aisle and take the picture in the direction of traffic flow, then people can move past you. Filming is prohibited during any viewing room screenings, but all other events are generally good to film. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guest’s wishes.

 

How can I meet the guests at OtakuFest?

You can meet celebrities at the official OtakuFest launch party at their booth for Autographs & Selfies and at Q&As.

 

How much are autographs?

Artist/Comic Creator autographs could be free or available for a fee. Info is available at their booth.

Some Anime Voice Actors offer 1 autograph for free and charge beyond that. Other Anime Voice Actors charge between $20 to $50 for any autograph. Info is available at their booth.

Celebrity guests usually charge for autographs in the $25 – $80 range, with some of our headliners charging a little bit more. Celebrity agents set the autograph pricing. Some autographs are available for pre-purchase online, but all will be available for sale (cash only) at the event.

 

Can I get my picture taken with the guests?

Most guests will take a photo with fans if you purchase a selfie/tableside photo.

 

What times do your guests sign autographs?

Autographs are available when celebrities are at their booths during Exhibition Hall hours.

 

Do the actors have their own items to sign, or do I have to bring things for them?

Celebrities have headshots and glossy photos from their movies and shows. But you can usually bring your own items to get signed as well.

 

Will the Artist/Comic guests draw something for me?

Most artists will do sketches for a fee. You’ll have to check with them to find out pricing and availability.

 

Will So and So be there all weekend?

Be sure to look at the Guest Page. Most guests will be at the show for full the weekend.

 

I’m interested in an Artist Alley table. Are there any available?

Head over to the Exhibitor Page.

 

What vendors will be at the show?

Check our Exhibitor Page. We try to list all the attending vendors. If there’s a vendor you’d like to see at the show, let them know about us; tell them you’d like to see them come to OtakuFest.

 

I want to set up a table and sell at the show, who do I contact?

You can purchase space directly from our website here, or if you have questions, you can email sales@otakufest.com or
call (786) 734-3458.

 

Is there a Costume Contest?

Yes! Check the Events page to see when and where.

 

Is there a Cosplay/Masquerade Contest?

Yes! Check the Events page to see when and where.

 

Are there any panels going on at the Convention?

Yes! Without panels, it’s just not a Convention! Check the Events page for a list of panels and panel times.

 

Is there an extra charge to attend a panel?

Most of the events at OtakuFest are included with your general admission ticket. There are very few workshops that require an additional fee.

 

I’m a guest, or Artist in Artist Alley or Publisher, and I would like to host my own panel. Is that possible?

Absolutely! Go to Wanna Host a Panel and apply (applications open December 1, 2019).

 

Can I advertise on your website or in your program book?

Yes! Go to the Sponsorship page on our website for more information.

 

Can I volunteer to work at the show?

Sure! We always need people! Go to Volunteer for all the info (applications open December 1, 2019).

 

Can you watch my kids?

No, OtakuFest does not provide Child Care services.

 

What are your policies concerning minors?

We encourage people of all ages to come enjoy the festival, as comic books, cartoons, anime, video games and pop culture with an appeal for all ages. To make OtakuFest a safe and enjoyable environment for all, we do have a requirement that all attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered attendee of OtakuFest at all times. Please direct all specific inquiries to the Registration staff at the convention.

 

Is the show safe for minors?

Yes! However, there are a few things you should know.

Panels and events are generally all ages, however certain panels and events will be for older audiences. These events are noted on the website and in the program guide with age recommendations. Events that are 18+ will have security at the door to prohibit minors from entering. After hours events start when the main exhibition area closes and tend to be PG-13. Again, any events that are not appropriate for minors will be marked as such.

 

Is there a dress code for the show?

Since many of our attendees come in costume, we only have a few rules. Keep it PG during the regular exhibition room hours. After hours keep it PG-13. Please use common sense. Shoes must always be worn (no bare feet).

 

Are bags and backpacks permitted into the show?

Yes, but they are subject to be checked by security at the entrance of the Convention Center. We do ask that you use common sense when toting them around, as some backpacks are large, bulky and unwieldy and can block aisles or knock into things when you turn around.

Have some questions you think should be on here but aren’t? Email them to info@otakufest.com