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Who We Are

Otafest Aurora is one of two annual Japanese Animation Festivals (colloquially referred to as "conventions") hosted by the Otafest Film and Cultural Planning Committee that gives fans of Japanese culture and animation an opportunity to meet similar-minded people and enjoy panels, presentations, anime showings, concerts, dances, celebrity and industry guest autograph sessions, and other events related to their interests. Otafest also hosts a Vendor Hall and an Artists' Alley where we invite external vendors and independent artists to showcase and sell their products. Many of our attendees cosplay (dress up as their favourite characters from a show, game, or other media) while at the convention and enjoy taking pictures of others who are cosplaying characters they like. Otafest values expressionism and encourages attendees to express themselves in a family-friendly way.

Otafest hosts charity events and fundraisers during each convention for the benefit of a pre-selected charity. Dedicated rooms such as the Maid Cafe donate their proceeds to the charity as well.

Otafest takes patron safety seriously and has trained medical responders on staff. Our Policy Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Internal Operations teams work to proactively create safety procedures and a low-risk environment for everybody at the convention. Our teams are trained in emergency response and are able to respond to any situation in which they are required.

We host two conventions each year: Otafest on Canada Day long weekend, and Otafest Aurora in the winter around the holiday season.

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Tickets

$25.00
  • Access to All Live Events and Programming
  • Access to Our Large Artist Alley and Vendor Hall
  • Complimentary Coat & Bag Check
  • Early Pick-Up Available
  • Always Available
$65.00
  • Gala Dinner and Dance
  • Access to All Live Events and Programming
  • Access to Our Large Artist Alley and Vendor Hall
  • Complimentary Coat & Bag Check
  • Early Pick-Up Available
  • Limited Availability
$150.00
  • All Gala Pass Perks
  • Front-of-Line access to the Gala, Main Events, and Autograph Sessions
  • Reserved V.I.P Seating in Main Events
  • Free Photo Booth Print
  • Keepsake V.I.P Badge
  • Access to V.I.P-Exclusive Pin Design
  • A Portion of Your Purchase is Donated Directly to our Charity!
  • Early Pick-Up Available
  • Extremely Limited Availability