We at Ohayocon are pleased to provide important updates to our mask and vaccination policies for our upcoming event. As the COVID-19 situation evolves and vaccination rates increase, Ohayocon has decided to remove both the mask mandate and vaccination requirement for all attendees. We strongly encourage all participants who are able to get vaccinated to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community.

With the removal of the mask mandate, attendees will have the freedom to choose whether to wear masks or not. While masks will not be obligatory, we wholeheartedly recommend continued usage as a responsible precaution. While we’re no longer requiring masks or vaccinations, we urge our attendees to make informed decisions and consider the well-being of others during the convention.

Furthermore, Ohayocon remains committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive environment for everyone. Harassing fellow convention attendees regarding their vaccination status or mask choices will be considered a violation of our harassment policy, leading to appropriate consequences.

As always, Ohayocon will implement enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.

For the latest event updates and guidelines, please visit our website and follow our social media channels.

Mark your calendars and don your high-tech shades, because we’re thrilled to announce that Ohayocon 24 will be held from January 19th to 21st! Our grand adventure begins with a mind-blowing kickoff party on January 18th exclusively for our pre-registered attendees. Get ready to dive headfirst into a world of thrilling technology, glitchy holograms, and rebellious fashion choices, because the theme for Ohayocon 24 is none other than CYBERPUNK!

But wait, there’s more! We’ve just cracked open the vaults, and Panel Applications and Vendor Applications are now LIVE! If you’ve got knowledge to share or goods to peddle that belong in the world of tomorrow, we want to hear from you.

Vendors please apply for our 2024 Dealer’s Room here.

Panelists please apply here.

Stay plugged into our website and social channels for more updates on registration, hotel blocks, guest announcements, and mind-boggling surprises coming soon!

Ohayocon is seeking a Director of Volunteer Services to join its growing team. The Director of Volunteer Services will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to recruit, train, manage and retain volunteers to support the Ohayocon event. This is a full-time position.

A full description of the role is available here.

Interested applicants: please email ConventionDirector@Ohayocon.org with subject, “Volunteer Services Director Application.” Include information about your convention experience, work experience, and relevant education. A formal résumé would be welcome.

Applications close Saturday April 22nd, 2023.

Hi everyone! We’re getting so excited for this year’s Ohayocon! Just 11 days! We’ve got a few updates to help everyone get ready to have fun at Ohayocon 23!

Programming Schedule:

The programming schedule is now live! Take a look to plan out what panels, events and photoshoots you’d like to attend!

Special Guests

Our wonderful fan guests, featured panelists, voice actors and industry speakers who will be attending this year have been announced on social media and our website. 


Ten more days to pre-register for Ohayocon 23 at our $80 price! Thursday 1/19 that price will increase to $85, with online registration closing on Sunday 1/22. Want/need to register at the door? We’re thrilled to announce we will be taking credit cards at registration this year! 

Accessibility Services

Our main Accessibility Services booth will be right next to Registration in A-Pod of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. There will be a separate registration line for those registered with Accessibility Services and you’ll be able to ask our Accessibility Team any questions you may have about the bevy of services offered, including wheelchairs, guides, ASL interpreters, and other amenities by request. If you would like to use this service, please contact accessibility@ohayocon.org to get started!

We can’t wait to see you all soon!

Only 72 days until Ohayocon 23—we’re so excited to see you all in person!

PC Gaming tournament applications are now open

This year we’re accepting applications for the following tournaments: League of Legends, Rocket League, Valorant, ARAM, Overwatch 2, Hearthstone, and Teamfight Tactics. For information on how to register, please visit our PC Gaming page here.

Kpop/Jpop dance competition applications are open

Get ready to dance your heart out at Ohayocon 23’s Kpop/Jpop dance competition! Act fast, as applications are due 12/10/2022. Find out more and register here!

New room block available in the Drury Inn & Suites

To book a room in our new room block, please use the Ohayocon 23 group code: 10008278 or use our booking link here.

We’re looking for a Program Guide Editor to join our marketing team

Primary responsibilities would include managing and designing production of Ohayocon’s yearly program guide, and developing relationships with service vendors. Position details and application instructions are available here.

Happy Fall! We have a few updates about Ohayocon 23 for you.

Room Block is Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that our room block at the Hyatt Regency Hotel is officially open! You can book your hotel room by using our group code: “G-OC23” or by booking at this link.

New Staff Application now available

Join a family of friends and put on an unforgettable show! Each year Ohayocon puts on an event that delights thousands and thousands of anime, gaming, and Japanese pop culture fans. With concerts, dances, and competitions, we’re so much more than just another anime convention—and we’re looking for dedicated people to help make it happen! If you’re interested in staffing Ohayocon 23 you can find more information on staffing (and all the great benefits that come with it) here.

Pre-registration Pricing Increases on Oct. 1

Today is the last day to pre-register for just $65! Tomorrow pricing will increase to $70/person.

Panel Applications are Open

Have you ever watched a panel and thought “I could do that!” Do you have an interesting topic or activity you’ve been dying to discuss/try out? Now is the time to try your hand at paneling! Panelists provide a wide variety of programming for attendees. As a panelist, you get to share your interests, enthusiasm, and expertise with others. You can give an informative presentation, host an interactive event, or help others learn a new skill by putting on a workshop. If this sounds like the job for you, apply to be a panelist today!

The Ohayocon 2023 Artist Alley application is open! Check out our Artist Alley page to get all the information you need to apply. The application will be available until the deadline, August 15th, 2022. No exceptions! Artist Alley applications are now closed. Thank you so much for your interest!

  • As of 7/15/2022, we are leaning toward hosting Dealers Room and Artist Alley in Battelle Grand, the same location as last year, based on overwhelmingly positive feedback about that location from both dealers and artists.

We’re excited to announce we’re accepting applications for panelists and for Dealers Room!

  • Panelists, please find the application and information about hosting events via our Panels information page. Your submissions are due by October 31, 2022, no exceptions!
  • Dealers, please find your application (info within) via the Dealers Room information page. Applicants are considered in the order applied until Dealers Room is full, after which time remainders will be waitlisted. Don’t delay!
    • As of 5/21/2022, we are leaning toward hosting Dealers Room and Artist Alley in Battelle Grand, the same location as last year, based on overwhelmingly positive feedback about that location from both dealers and artists.

As always, if you need to reach out, please submit our contact form. See you later!