March 18-19, 2017, Santa Clara Marriott


So, what happens at AOD?

AOD packs hundreds of hours of excitement into one weekend, with simultaneous event tracks, each with their own unique focus, so that you are never short something to do, someone to talk to, and something new to learn. Our events start at 10am and run through midnight on Saturday, and start up again at 10am Sunday, to conclude at 5pm for our final farewell. So basically, we keep you entertained with no interruption for an entire weekend.



Want to get your adrenaline pumping? Or maybe just enjoy some adrenaline vicariously? Be sure to check out AOD's gaming tournaments! This year we are featuring 6 different titles, all on PS4: Street Fighter V, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd, Overwatch (3v3), Rocket League, and Overcooked. So come by, grab a controller, and GLHF!


Music and Performances 

The AOD Main Stage has a proud tradition of bringing our attendees unique and exciting concerts and musical performances. With a slew of talented musicians in the works, AOD is teaming up with a variety of anime and video game related acts to entertain and impress you.



From YouTube videos to arts and crafts to fan fiction, our fandom is unique in the amount of content we create. If you're curious about how and why we create, or are looking to level up your skills, these events are for you!

Exhibit Hall

Not to be missed are our key Exhibit Hall events.

Game Demos

Play the newest games against your friends

Unique Vendors

Find great deals on stuff from your favorite shows

Artist Alley

Browse through our huge selection of local artists

Swap Meet

Find that special something that you didn't even know existed

Costuming & Cosplay



Always a staple of AOD, costumers gather together to compete and show off their talents. Your favorite character, your own creation, or references to insane internet memes, we've seen it all compete on stage in the Masquerade costume contest, competing for the coveted "Best of Show" prize. Winners receive cash prizes and trophies. [Sign up for the Masquerade!]

Hall Cosplay Awards

For anyone who wears a costume to AOD, you are welcome to enter in our Hall Cosplay Contest! The contest awards special prizes in two categories: Best Video Game Costume, and the Acme Award for the best costume from or inspired by a western cartoon. Winners receive cash prizes! If you love cosplay, make sure that our hall cosplay judges get you entered in the contest! The winners are announced at the Hall Cosplay awards on Sunday.


Explore Your Fandom 

Meet, connect, and share your love of anime and video games with your fellow fans!


Meet the Industry 

Check out these one-of-a-kind opportunities to meet and talk with anime and video game industry insiders, get the scoop on what's coming down the pipeline, and learn the tips and tricks of the trade!


Scavenger Hunt 

We're excited to have our first Scavenger Hunt at AOD! The scavenger hunt will be a photo scavenger hunt, requiring attendees to take photos of specific items, characters, scenarios, and more! We have amazing prizes provided by Aitai☆Kuji from Japan, so don't miss out!


Watch New Shows 

AOD video programming returns! Once again we have partnered with the leading US anime distributors to bring you a selection of the best anime, and for the first time, we have a dedicated gaming video room to compliment the live events in our gaming department.

Whether you are looking for something new, or looking to rewatch a favorite moment, AOD video has something for you!


AOD At Nite 

Don't want to go home just yet? AOD At Nite is back for its sixth year! Check out this awesome blend of late-night events. Stay after dinner, stay the night, and enjoy our outstanding selection of evening events!