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Walter E. Washington Convention Center Now Open for Conventions, Conferences, and Events

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

(Washington, DC) – On Tuesday, August 3, at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will cut the ribbon and attend the grand opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl and Shop Made DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The grand opening of these two vendors comes just as the Convention Center welcomes back guests with the return of two popular conventions this month. Otakon (August 6-8) and Awesome Con (August 20-22), the first major-scale events since the beginning of the pandemic, expects a total of over 80,000 attendees as DC continues to welcome back guests and encourage visitors to take advantage of all that DC has to offer.


Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Greg O’Dell, President and CEO, Events DC
Brent Hardin, Regional Vice President, Aramark Sports & Entertainment Division
Virginia Ali and Family, Founders, Ben’s Chili Bowl


Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
*Closest Metro Station: Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St – Convention Center Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event to watch from a safe, virtual space. To view event online visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).