April 9-11, 2021 · Blair County Convention Center

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What better way to attend Setsucon 2021 than by staying at one of our partner hotels. Our Hotel Blocks are now open! Stay at affordable rates at the Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn & Suites, or Fairfield Inn & Suites and be only minutes away from the convention.

Book now to reserve your hotel room for the convention by visiting our Hotels Page.

Registration for Setsucon 2021 is now open! Pre-Registration will remain open through March 26th, with our first tier prices going until November 13th. Weekend badges start at $25.

Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, for this year only, we will be altering our refund policy. Pre-Registrations may be refunded up until 30 days prior the the convention or may be credited toward a future Setsucon. Reach out to our Registration Director with any questions you may have.

And with the addition of expanded Friday evening programming, for this year, we will be offering complimentary access to this programming to all Weekend and Saturday badge holders.

For more information, and to pre-register, visit our Registration Page.

Setsucon returns to the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania this coming April 9-11, 2021, celebrating 15 years of bringing anime, manga, gaming, cosplay, and Japanese culture to Central PA and beyond.

We are shifting to April for our upcoming 2021 convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic to give ourselves the best chance of being able to safely bring you the Setsucon experience you’ve come to know, although we will continue to monitor the situation. Additionally, Setsucon will be adding more programming on Friday evening – as part of our enhanced Friday programming schedule. Stay tuned for more information on that.

Continue to check our website and social media in the coming weeks for information on Registration and Hotel Blocks.

(Adhering to all Pennsylvania State University, local, county, state, and CDC COVID-19 protocols)

You've been asking and we've heard you... we are now on Instagram! Follow us on our newest social media site for all the Setsucon fun you've come to enjoy. Head over to Instagram today to follow us @setsucon.official. Tag us in your photos, like our updates, share our memories, and get your #Setsucon2021 news and notes with the debut of our Instagram!

We wanted to again thank all of our entrants for the BookFestPA Online Costume Contest! We had some amazing cosplays on display in this event and were very excited to be able to see them.

With that, big congrats to our winners:

  • Best Overall Handmade Cosplay: Meghan Carlson as Mami Tomoe from Madoka Magica
  • Most Accurate Cosplay: Rose Rappaport as Emperor Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove
  • Best Cosplay from an Anime/Comic: Maggie Franco as To Be Continued from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Best Cosplay from a TV/Movie/Book: Rachel Self as Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Thanks again to all of our entrants! And many thanks to the Schlow Centre Region Library for letting us put on this event as part of BookFestPA!

We had some amazing cosplays entered into our Online Costume Contest presented by BookFestPA and Setsucon! Now let's meet up (virtually) and see the craftsmanship at work - with our Live Stream Awards Show this Friday, July 10th at 5pm! You won't want to miss it!

To Watch, Register Here.

Get Your Cosplays Ready - the BookFestPA Costume Contest is Back! We are proud to partner with the Schlow Centre Region Library for an online version of the Costume Contest.

The contest will take place entirely online with the entry form being open from June 24th through July 8th. The judging will consist of both photos of the cosplay entered at the time of entry and a scheduled online call with our judges. Awards will be given out for winners of our five categories. All ages and cosplay genres are welcome to participate.

And don't miss out on all the other fun events scheduled for BookFestPA Online - happening July 8th - 10th, 2020.

Learn More and Enter Here.

Thank you to all those who submitted their AMVs for our AMV Contest! We had record submissions and enjoyed watching each and every one of them. With that said, here are our winning AMVs:

  • Best in Show: "Flyers" by Zeeruy
  • Judges' Choice: "Dragon Dreamer" by Silent Hero Studios
  • Best Action/Drama: "This is How We Burn" by Opner
  • Best Comedy/Upbeat: "Ghostbusters" by Nuke
  • Best Romantic/Sentimental: "Breakdown" by TwigglyFiggly


With the countdown clock to your adventure nearing all zeroes, we want to know what you are most excited about for this week!

Share your Setsucon experience all weekend long by using the hashtag #Setsucon2020 on social media.

We cannot wait to see everyone this weekend! Just a reminder, the convention programming starts at 8am on both Saturday & Sunday. However, you can start your Setsucon adventure a day early with Friday Night Registration - you can pick up your Pre-Reg Badge then or buy a Weekend or Saturday Badge (Cash Only).

Grab a bite to eat during the weekend by heading to the Setsucon Cafe Food Court, presented by the Blair County Convention Center, located on the Lower Level of the venue.

Can't wait to see what is on the menu? See what they have on our Con Vitals page.

Get ready to plan out your Setsucon weekend - the Official Setsucon 2020 Schedule is here! Download it today on our Con Vitals page.

Happy Setsucon 2020 Week! Just from friendly reminders regarding both at-con registration and pre-registration badge pickup.

Our Registration Desk will be open during the following hours:

  • Friday (1/24): 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Saturday (1/25): 7:45am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday (1/26): 8:00am - 2:00pm

You can pick up your badge or purchase a badge at our at-con rates anytime during the registration hours. For those purchasing badges, we are completely Cash Only - we cannot accept credit/debit cards or checks (there is an ATM onsite).

Visit our Registration page for more information regarding our registration. And don't forget to read our con policies!

We have one last guest announcement for Setsucon 2020... please give a warm welcome to international singer - TiA!

Singing her way to the Setsucon stage all the way from Yokohama, Japan, TiA became famous for her song "Ryuusei", which starred as the 6th Naruto ending theme. Her anime appearances didn't stop there, as later her song "Promise" would be used as the 2nd opening for Yakitate!! Japan. You won't want to miss her performance with Kohei Hattori during the Setsu Odori!

Visit our Guests page to learn more.

New for 2020 - join us in our Tabletop Gaming Room for our three Learn to Play sessions!

Joining the previously announced "Dungeons & Dragons - A Beginner D&D Session" are Learn to Play sessions of "Betrayal at House on the Hill" and "The Resistance."

Come out and give these games a try, learn the ropes, and find something new to play after con!

Thanks to Jake's Cards and Games in Bellefonte, PA for their help with our Tabletop Gaming.

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