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Check out WasabiCon PDX’s key presentations for this year.

WasabiCon PDX offers an abundance of programming throughout the weekend for a variety of interests. We typically post the complete schedule with all of our planned contests, competitions, panels, workshops and other entertainment. Listed here are some of the main events to be aware of when you attend this year’s convention.

Media guests who appear at WasabiCon participate in at least one Q&A (question and answer) session each day of the convention. Ask your favorite star about their experiences and listen to their stories about working in the industry.
Check the schedule for times/days.

What’s an anime convention without cosplay? Our annual cosplay contest returns with the opportunity for attendees to showcase their hard work on their cosplay for the audience and our judges.

SIGN-UP: Sign ups are open now until July 20th!
Saturday at 5:00 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)

Cosplay Deviants: Anime After Dark (21+) After Party

Cosplay Deviants: Anime After Dark (21+) After Party

Separately Ticketed Event. The convention continues for WasabiCon PDX attendees with the official 21+ after-party! $10 (+ticketing fees; $11.81 total) gets you a single admission for the Cosplay Deviants Anime After Dark Party starting Saturday at 9:00 PM in the Atrium Ballroom located on the Plaza level in the Hilton Portland Downtown. Tickets to this party are non-refundable for any reason. You must have a Saturday or Weekend ticket to WasabiCon PDX 2024 to purchase a ticket to this. Additionally, your wristband/badge to the convention must be picked up before Registration closes at 7:00 PM on Saturday.

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The Cosplay Lip Sync Battle is back again at WasabiCon PDX for fans to showcase their energy and costumes on stage! Channel your inner pop star (or rock star… or country star… you get it, right?) while “performing” Milli Vanilli style in your chosen character costume. 

SIGN-UP: Open now until July 19th!
 Sunday at 4:00 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)
Sunday at 4:30 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)

Get your model walk ready for the return of the Cosplay Runway! Now is your chance to show all of WasabiCon PDX that outfit you’ve been working on for years, months, or even hastily in the hotel room just hours beforehand. Cosplayers of all experience and skill levels are invited to strike a pose on our Main Events stage in this fun showcase event! There are a limited number of entries for this event.

SIGN-UP: Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM in Cosplay Corner (Atrium Ballroom East, Plaza Level)
 Saturday at 6:30 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)
Saturday at 7:00 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)

Join us for this opportunity for WasabiCon PDX’s junior (12 and under) attendees to step on stage for this friendly and FUN cosplay competition. No craftsmanship requirements; no complex categories; and the rules are simple… enter and enjoy yourself!

SIGN UP: Sunday at 10:15 AM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)
Sunday at 10:45 AM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)

WasabiCon PDX welcomes attendees to immerse themselves into the energy and excitement of Japanese Idol culture at our very own IdolFest! Whether you’re a long time wota or just looking for some great music with positive energy, these performances will have you standing, clapping, and waving your light sticks to the music!

EVENT: Sunday at 12:15 PM in Main Events (Pavilion Ballroom)

Separately Ticketed Event. Konnichiwa! WasabiCon PDX invites you to experience some kawaii culture via its very own maid café! Inspired by the popular storefronts in the Akihabara district in Tokyo, this all-ages ticketed experience will immerse you in the world of cute, colorful, and playful maids who are there to serve up an hour of music, games, and more! Tickets are $30 (+ticketing fees; $33.40 total) and include the show, a cup of tea, a small dessert, and an exclusive Maid Café Mikkusu merchandise item! Seatings sold out last year, so get your ticket in advance!

EVENT: See cafe times!

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NWMOCA is proud to present their first annual art contest at WasabiCon PDX! Open to all ages during the convention, just stop by their booth to pick up your official NWMOCA entry paper to submit your artwork. Winners will be chosen within the hour and will have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including passes to future WasabiCon events. Don’t miss out, be sure to get your entry in and draw away!

SIGN-UP: Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 AM – Sunday, July 28th at 3:00 PM
LOCATION: NWMOCA Display (Atrium Ballroom West)