People in costumes swarm Washington, DC, this weekend for its sixth-annual Awesome Con event that inspires fans to ‘celebrate geek culture’ featured in movies, comic books, television and games.
The three-day event is held at the Washington Convention Center where attendees can expect a variety of stars, games and booths to enjoy.
Half of the attendees at the event are expected to wear cosplay or special apparel to celebrate the characters they know and love.
Already, Friday’s event featured people dressed as recognizable characters from Batman, Star Wars, X-Men and the Power Rangers.
But that isn’t all that all attendees should anticipate for the Easter weekend. A star-studded group of people from the new Star Wars movies – including John Boyega who plays Finn – and the cast members from Boy Meets World will appear during the festival to meet with fans.
Awesome Con started in 2013 because the co-founders wanted to create a Washington, DC, version of Comic Con. The first event only saw an estimated 7,000 people, it but grew last year to an unprecedented 70,000 attendees.
Organizers are anticipating crowds just as large as they bring in Hollywood stars and a variety of activities – including an Easter egg hunt – for the three-day event.
Go! Go! Power Rangers! A group of men bonded together on dressing as the famous crime-fighting squad for Awesome Con on Friday. The event runs until Sunday
A woman dressed as Poison Ivy from the comic book series Batman attended Awesome Con in Washington, DC, on Friday. An estimated 70,000 people attended the event last year
Star Wars villain Darth Maul made an appearance at Awesome Con on Friday. The event brings together fans of action figures from comics, movies, television, toys, games and more
A woman dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars is on her phone in between photo shoots at Awesome Con in Washington, DC. The event runs from March 30 to April 1
Maxwell Kuehn, 10, from left, his father, Donovan Kuehn, and Wally Frueauf, 10, wear costumes from the Star Wars movie to Awesome Con on Friday. The event encourages people to dress-up in ‘celebration of geek culture’
A man dressed in a T-Rex blow-up costume, which mirrored the dinosaur in the cartoon Rugrats, arrived to Awesome Con on Friday
Victor Long-Sires from Washington dressed as Sans from the role-playing video game Undertale. People dress up as characters from comics, movies, television and video games to celebrate the ‘geek culture’ festival
The man dressed up as a dinosaur at the event was seen pushing around a stroller. Some big stars are expected to make an appearance during the weekend including the John Boyega who played Finn in the new Star Wars movies
Erin Whitt Hilker of Baltimore, Maryland, takes a selfie with Hannah Windley of Alexandria, Virginia, second from right, and Haven Stetson of Binghamton, New York, right, at Awesome Con, Washington, DC’s Comic Con
Crowds gathered outside Awesome Conn on Friday before the event started. The event is a sci-fi, comics and gaming festival held every year in Washington, DC
Two men dressed as the comic book characters Batman and Red Hood for Awesome Con. The first event was held in DC in 2013
A woman dressed as Cammy from the video game Street Fighter when she attended Awesome Con in Washington, DC, on Friday. The event is expecting three members from the show Boy Meets World to meet fans during the weekend
Look out Ryan Reynolds, there is a new Deadpool is in town. One man dressed up as the comic book character while attending Awesome Con in Washington DC
A woman dressed as comic book character Diva from StormWatch on Friday. The event is held at the Washington Convention Center in DC
A man dressed as comic book character Komandar Bloodshot went all out with his makeup for the event on Friday
X-Men was another popular costume idea for people who attended Awesome Con. A woman is pictured dressed as Emma Frost while she stands next to a man dressed as Cyclops
Two people dressed as comic book duo The Joker and Harley Quinn during the event on Friday. Awesome Con is the Washington, DC, version of Comic Con
A family affair: An entire group poses together while dressed in cosplay for the event. There are a variety of stars expected to attend including Joonas Suotamo, who took over the role of Chewbacca from Peter Mayhew in the new Star Wars movies
A man dressed as the G.I. Joe character Cobra Commander attends Awesome Con on Friday. This is the sixth event since the festival was created in 2013
Captain America made an appearance at the festival sporting the signature shield that the comic book character often carries to fight villains
Awesome Con features plenty of booths, games and photo shoot opportunities for people who attend the event
One woman is pictured selling a variety of stuffed animals during Awesome Con on Friday. The event is scheduled over Easter weekend, but that hasn’t stopped people from attending
Awesome Con has a variety of souvenir products for people to purchase. One man was showing off his Awesome Con backpack while walking around to a variety of booths
Zack Idzik, of Bel Air, Maryland, dressed in a Batman costume, poses for a photograph with a young visitor at Awesome Con, Washington, DC’s Comic Con. The event attracts both adults and children