Events | AOD 2017 | March 18-19, 2017, Santa Clara Marriott | Anime, Cartoon, and Video Game Convention

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.

AOD 2017 Event List! AOD 2017 Schedule Grid! AOD 2017 Map


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!


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.

Main Stage Music Lineup


Console Gaming 

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!


Californithon @ AOD Charity Speedrun Event 

Californithon is the first major speedrunning event to take place on the west coast, raising over $5600 for Charity:Water in their first event last year. Now coming into their second, with the help of AOD they'll be raising money to support Direct Relief through three days of live videogame speedruns!

More Info About Californithon


Maid Cafe 

Okaerinasaimase Goshujinsama~! Tea Time Cafe is back again at AOD 2017 to bring you the best moe maids and kakkoii butlers we offer! Come and escape the commotion of the convention and relax at the cafe with us while we entertain you with group activities and so much more!

Maid Cafe Info and Tickets


YouTube Stars! 

Do you like watching YouTube videos about video games and anime? Come and meet some of the leading creators! Our YouTube speakers this year include Random Encounters, The Completionist, Super Beard Bros, and The Dex!

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.


Board Gaming 

Board gaming makes its return to AOD! Got some time between awesome AOD events? Whether youve got 10 minutes or a few hours to spare, come play a quick time-killer like Onitama or an epic zombie-slaying adventure with Zombicide: Black Plague--our expert gaming staff are available to help you learn the rules, so stop by and have some fun!


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!

More Scavenger Hunt Info!

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!


Foam Sword Battles 

Santa Rosa Belegrath will be hosting foam sword fighting, an exciting and fun activity featuring safe foam-padded weapons. Come watch their demonstrations in the patio area behind the Video Gaming Room, or take a turn in the ring yourself!


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!