Bring the whole family to one of Calgary’s most colourful events of the year! Here’s some of the many fun things you can do with your family at Otafest!
Discover Cosplayers – or dress up yourselves!
Otafest is home to cosplayers of all ages! Pose for photos with some of the hundreds of beautifully costumed attendees in the hall, on Stephen Avenue, or in Olympic plaza, or attend one of our popular cosplay events.
Cosplay Skit Contest & Fashion Show | Saturday July 1, 2017 12:30 – 14:30, Main Events
This is always one of the biggest events of any convention, and certainly the most popular here at Otafest! Come and see the results of folks’ creativity as they pay tribute to their favourite anime characters through costumes. This is a highlight for many festival attendees!
How it’s made: Cosplay Edition | Sunday July 2, 2017 11:00 – 13:00 Macleod Lobby
Do you have aspiring costumers or fashion designers in your family? Meet Calgary’s cosplayers and learn about their passion at these interactive exhibits!
Play games at the Otafest Matsuri
Maid Matsuri | Saturday July 1, 2017 11:00 – 22:00 – Telus 104 – 106
Get a taste of a Japanese festival at our Matsuri festivities! Play festival games with our volunteer maid & butler hosts for a chance to win cute prizes. We have specially made Japanese snacks from Oguraya Bakery, and drinks available that are sure to please your taste buds! If you’re looking for a dose of kawaii, you can grab some cute merchandise lovingly handmade by our adorable cafe volunteers!
Become a Poke-Master!
A plethora of Pokemon events run for the entire weekend in room Glen 206, suitable for attendees of all ages!
Pokemon League Gym Leader Battles | Saturday 10:00 – 17:00 | Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 Glen 206
Come to Otafest and catch ‘em all! Bring your DS and your Pokemon Sun & Moon arsenal to Otafest’s famous Pokemon league! Challenge gym leaders to fights and win gym badges from our sponsors at Chinook Crafts!
Pokemon Competitions | browse Friday events | browse Saturday & Sunday events
Try your hand at making National Pokégraphic at Pokemon Snap, play Poke Pictionary, or bust a Groove in Pokemon Z-Groove – we’ll have casual pokemon events running all weekend!
Pokemon Stuffie Stiching | Sunday July 2, 2017 20:00 – 21:00 Glen 206
A beginner’s guide to stuffing, sewing, and stitching your own stuffies. Our team provides a small amount of fabric, thread and stuffing and teaches you how to build your first Poképlush! Supplies are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Go Shopping for a new Friend
Exhibitor Hall & Artist’s Alley
Friday 10:00 – 18:00 | Saturday 10:00 – 18:00 | Sunday 10:00 – 16:00 | Exhibitor Hall
Otafest’s vendor’s hall is a treasure trove of great merchandise from anime, gaming, comic books and more! Maybe a giant pokemon plush is in your future – or a print from local artists in Artist Alley!
Try some Audience Participation
Round out your weekend by visiting some of the many interactive programming events and panels at Otafest! You can participate in everything from game shows and board games to live comedy. Here’s some highlights:
Synaptic Chaos Theatre – All Ages Improv Shows | view all performance times
Special Guests Synaptic Chaos Theatre take the stage to blow you away with razor-sharp, rapid-fire improv comedy, with the anime twist that you, the audience, provides!
Mystery Flavour Challenge | Sunday July 2, 2017 14:00 – 15:30 Telus 103
Do YOU like eating and the unexpected? This is the place for you! Try to guess the flavour of the snacks. If you guess incorrectly, there will be a fun challenge awaiting. Prizes for all contestants.
Disney Sing-Along! | Saturday July 1, 2017 21:00 – 22:00 Macleod E3
Come one, come all, and sing along with your favorite Disney songs!
Foam Sword Tournament | Friday June 30, 2017 15:30 – 17:00 Telus 104 – 106
Watch contenders display their strength and wits! After the day is won, random participants can try their hands with the foam swords! Gear will be provided first come, first serve.
Iron Cosplay Scavanger Hunt | Friday June 30, 2017 19:30 – 20:30 Telus 104 – 106
Feeling creative? Come make a cosplay out of random supplies with your team! Then, send your cosplayer on a scavanger hunt and see just how well your cosplay holds up!
Watch an Episode of Anime
Or two. Or five. Catch our 20th anniversary showing of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, or check out some of these popular, all-ages anime:
Sweetness & Lightning: A recently widowed father, Kohei, isn’t very good at cooking but wants to cook good meals for his daughter, Tsumugi. Kotori’s mother owns a restaurant and has taken it on herself to help him learn to cook.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid : One morning, as office worker Kobayashi gets ready for another day at work, she is greeted by a terrifying sight—the head of a large dragon staring into her eyes from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute and energetic young girl in a maid outfit, who introduces herself as Tohru. A mythical everyday life comedy about a hard working office lady living with a dragon girl ensues a slice of life animated show.
Flying Witch: Every witch, when they reach the age of sixteen, is supposed to move out on their own and be independent… But Makoto is a bit air headed, clumsy and prone to getting lost; so she’s moving in with relatives in the county instead.
My Hero Academy: Everybody is born with a super power; some can fly, others are super strong or fast – except Izuku. Born without a ‘Quirk’ or power of any kind, he still dreams of becoming a hero like those he looks up to.
See full programming schedule
Buy your weekend pass online to Otafest 2017 at otafest.com/tickets
Youth ages 6-12 can attend Otafest for only $10 for the full weekend. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.
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Amy Pratt | Otafest Social Media Manager