March 18-19, 2017, Santa Clara Marriott

Entry Policy for Special Events

TL;DR: If you are going to Aivi/Surrashu, Masquerade, or Lotus Juice, you must get a free wristband at registration and be on time!  Otherwise, you'll get in only if space allows.

AOD 2017 Entry Procedure for Special Events

As is always the case at any convention, having a badge does not guarantee entry into a particular event. Due to our smaller Main Stage room this year and anticipated popular demand, the following events will require a special wristband to enter, along with your badge:

  • Aivi and Surrashu concert

  • Masquerade

  • Lotus Juice concert


A limited number of wristbands will be available for each event, in accordance with that event's capacity (Masquerade will be a bit smaller because there will be a seating section for Masquerade participants.)


Wristbands are free for AOD badge holders. However, you must request them at registration, either when you pick up your badge or any time up to one hour before each show (exception: Lotus Juice, see below). You can request wristbands for multiple events, but you can only pick up wristbands for yourself.


For the Lotus Juice concert, our registration desk closes at 6PM, so please pick up your wristband (and badge) before 6PM.

Up to the Event’s Starting Time:

If you have a wristband and are at the event by its start time, you will be guaranteed entry. No need to camp out or wait hours in front of the Main Stage entrance wondering if you’ll get into the event.


The Main Stage Configuration this year is "festival style" (standing audience). If you will have special accessiblity needs, please contact our Convention Operations or Safety/Prop Check Offices at con before the event you are planning to attend.

When you enter, our staff will check to make sure you have a valid AOD badge and the correct wristband.

After the Event’s Starting Time:

After the event’s starting time, if there is still room, we will take people without wristbands.
You will still need a valid AOD badge.


Once the event is full, we will only let in people- with or without wristbands- if people already inside the event leave. Your wristband only guarantees you entry into the event at its starting time. If you are late or leave during the event and then want to come back, re-entry is allowed only if space is available. Go to the restroom before entering!

The Main Stage room will be cleared after the end of each of these events. If you hold wristbands to more than one event, you will need to exit and re-enter when seating for the next event begins.


By purchasing an AOD badge, you hereby agree to these conditions. If you do not agree with these conditions, we can either transfer your badge to AOD 2018 or issue you a full refund. Please contact register@aodsf.org before con for refunds. Once AOD 2017 begins, no refunds will be issued.

If you are Press or Industry, you will need a wristband as well.

Please contact our Press/Industry department for more information. The Registration Desk will only hand out wristbands to attendees with a Full Weekend badge or Saturday wristband.