Summertime means festivals! For the first time ever, Otafest will be providing free content at three big Calgary festivals this summer to bring you: Season of Otafest – Episode 1: Festival Time!

Sunday, July 30: Diagon Alley – Shutterbutton’s Wizarding Photobooth
Sunday, September 3: Otafest Mio <3 Vari Pride Meetup
Saturday, September 16: Otafest presents Iron Cosplay Live! at Beakerhead

Diagon Alley – Shutterbutton’s Wizarding Photobooth

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57 1210 Kensington Rd NW (Beside Purr)

Calling all Little Witches & Wizards! Seph has received her Hogwarts letter – now we’re bringing the Otafest photobooth you love to the popular Harry Potter themed event, “Spend a Day in Kensington Diagon Alley”! Put on your house robes or your Little Witch Academia cosplay and swing by for a free digital photo!

We’ll also be selling merchandise and Otafest 2018 Early Bird tickets – save on Eventbrite fees!

Other fun events at Diagon Alley:

Otafest Mio <3 Vari Pride Meetup – Calgary Pride Parade & Festival

Sunday, September 3, 2017 – noon – 6pm
YYC Pride Parade & Pride in the Park @ Prince’s Island
Free – Register now to march with us!

Come celebrate love in all forms! Otafest’s Pride Angels, Mio and Vari, would like you to join them for their first Pride Parade! Whether you’re a pride veteran or a first-timer, come march with Otafest. Let’s fill Calgary’s Pride Parade with oodles of wonderful, colourful cosplayers!  All are welcome – cosplayers, photographers, LGBTQPIA & Ally members of our community!

Afterwards we will join the Pride in the Park festival, take photos and more – let the Otafest booth be your base of operations as you experience YYC Pride! We’ll be selling merchandise and Otafest 2018 Early Bird tickets – save on Eventbrite fees! And if the post office gods are on our side perhaps we’ll even have a surprise pin release for you…?

Cosplayers: Please keep all outfits family-friendly and adhere to Otafest’s prop & weapon policy – no realistic weapons or stringed bows!
Photographers: Your photos must be free to access in a public way – this is a free networking event, all photos must be shared with cosplayers.

Register to march with us in the parade, or watch the parade and meet up with us later at Pride in the Park!

Otafest presents: Iron Cosplay Live! at Beakerhead

Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 1 – 3 PM
Telus Convention Centre | 120 9th Avenue SE – Room Telus 111
Free – Register now

Welcome to Cosplay Stadium. Your mission: improvised costume design and construction using new and recycled materials, and a “mystery ingredient”.

Participants: sign up to be a competitor and let Iron Cosplayers June and Vari OR our Cosplay Challenger help guide your team to VICTORY!

Spectators: Join the stands in Cosplay stadium and learn ingenious costuming tales and techniques from our guest Cosplay Judges as they provide commentary on this fast-paced, 60 minute competition. Spectators are invited to vote via cell phone for their favorite cosplay team… and maybe even take place in a lightning round!

Afterwards, if you choose, stick around and explore Beakerhead with Otafest! We will be taking our costumes on a free, casual walking tour of several of Beakerhead’s outdoor art exhibits on the way to East Village to experience Beakernight – a spectacle of fire, lasers, light and music that makes up Calgary’s biggest street party!

This event is free but you must RSVP – Sign up now to compete as part of an Iron Cosplayer team or join the stands!

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Beakerhead 2017

Otafest’s participation in these festival events are part of Otafest’s 20th Anniversary: Season of Anime. Read our Chairman’s message.