Family Fun at Otafest

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 , 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 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!

Otafest tickets are available at the door, or purchase online by May 15th.

Free family activities on Stephen Ave

Saturday & Sunday | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Remember Plasma Cars? Ever wanted to drive them in a live action video game race in the middle of downtown Calgary? Then Live Action Mario Cart is for you! Come on down and compete to win the Mushroom cup – or cheer on your favorite cosplayers from the sidelines!

Plus you can enjoy a plethora live, FREE family-friendly entertainment and activities on Stephen Avenue, including performances on an outdoor stage, children’s crafts, games, face-painting, balloon animals and a photobooth!

Stephen Ave Omatsuri

Saturday | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Starting at 5pm we’ll be hosting an open-air Japanese Festival style omatsuri! Dance the night away to the drums of the Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble, or catch Yosakoi Soran Calgary Yosoca 夜奏華!

Buy Japanese food and drink from Otafest’s own Maid Café, supported by Calgary’s Oguraya Bakery and Shogun food truck, or hop up to the Marriott patio for our infamous ramen bar (festival wristband required), open until 6pm. There will be also traditional festival garb to try on at the photo booth courtesy of nanao kimono, and Japanese festival games to try your luck at!

Outdoor activities pending weather conditions.

Become a Poke-Master!

A plethora of Pokemon events run for the entire weekend, designed for attendees of all ages! Here’s a sample.

Pokemon League Gym Leader Battles | Friday-Sunday 10:00 – 18:00  Info
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 Pictionary  Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm Info
Who’s that Pokémon? Draw your best Voltorb,
Electrode or bird’s eye-view Jigglypuff and see if
your team can get enough points to win.

Pokemon Stuffie Stiching | Room 27
5:00pm – 6:30pm Sat | AP
3:30pm – 5:00pm Sun | AP
Come and create your very own Pokémon plush
toy, and learn some sewing skills! All skill levels
welcome! Limit of 50 people, 30 participant preregister
at the Pokémon League!

See the full schedule of all Pokemon events.

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

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!

And if you’ve ever wanted a anime portrait, the Otafest Sketch Drive is right outside the Exhibitor Hall, contributing to our Charity Fundraising efforts!

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:

Otafest Presents: Iron Cosplay!

Do you want to show off your skills and innovation with a head-to-head battle? Join Otafest’s Angels for Iron Cosplay! Use assorted surprise materials to create the best costume ever!

Disney Sing-Along

Let’s get down to business and belt out some classic tunes! As per Zootopia PD’s Mammal Inclusion Initiative, everyone is welcome!

The Voices of Anarchy All-Ages Improv Comedy Show

Come one, come all to The Voices of Anarchy general audience live improv comedy show! We’ll run you through 90 minutes of short form, unscripted, and off the walls comedy just the way your momma used to make… you avoid. Except since it’s all ages, she can come too! Lead by voice actor and improv veteran Will Wood, this group of young, comedic men and women are excited to perform for you for the first time at Otafest!

See full programming schedule

Buy your weekend pass online to Otafest 2019! Youth ages 6-12 can attend Otafest for only $10 for the full weekend. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.