Hey anime fans, are you ready to geek out and meet like-minded people who share your love for anime, manga and all things Japan? There is an anime con you can attend no matter where you are in the United States!

Whether you’re a seasoned con-goer or a newbie looking to attend your first anime convention, we’ve got you covered with a list of the hottest anime conventions happening in the USA. From coast to coast, we’ve gathered all the deets on when and where they’re happening, and which special guests will be there.

So, grab your cosplay gear, mark your calendars and get ready for an epic weekend of anime, fun and all-around nerding out with all your otaku friends!

While you are here, check out some of our best anime-inspired cosplay guides:

2023 Anime Cons in The US

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ConventionDatesLocation
Animé Los Angeles 2023January 5-8, 2023Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Long Beach, CA
Anime-Zap! 2023January 6-8, 2023Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel & Conference Center
East Peoria, IL
Fan Expo New Orleans 2023January 6-8, 2023New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Center
New Orleans, LA
SacAnime Winter 2023January 6-8, 2023SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
Sacramento, CA
Taiyou Con 2023January 6-8, 2023Mesa Convention Center
Mesa, AZ
ABC Winterfest Remix 2023January 7, 2023Landers Center
Southaven, MS
Columbia Anime & Video Game Expo 2023January 7-8, 2023Jamil Shrine Temple
Columbia, SC
Ichibancon 2023January 12-15, 2023Embassy Suites Concord
Concord, NC
OtakuFest 2023January 13-15, 2023Miami Airport Convention Center
Miami, FL
Setsucon 2023January 13-15, 2023Blair County Convention Center
Altoona, PA
Anime Impulse 2023January 14-15, 2023Pomona Fairplex
Pomona, CA
Ohayocon 2023January 19-22, 2023Greater Columbus Convention Center / Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, OH
Ikkicon 2023January 20-22, 2023Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
Round Rock, TX
Orlando AnimeDay 2023January 21, 2023Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Orlando, FL
Knoxville AnimeDay 2023January 28, 2023Holiday Inn Knoxville West- Cedar Bluff Rd
Knoxville, TN
UChi-Con 2023January 28, 2023University of Chicago, Ida Noyes Hall
Chicago, IL
Anime Town Greenville 2023January 28-29, 2023Greenville Convention Center
Greenville, SC
Anime Milwaukee 2023February 3-5, 2023Wisconsin Center / Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, WI
My Hero Convention: Texas 2023February 3-5, 2023Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Irving, TX
SSA+S Toracon 2023February 4, 2023Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences
Sarasota, FL
Anime Gaming Expo 2023February 4-5, 2023Big Fresno Fairgrounds
Fresno, CA
Little Rock Anime Festival 2023February 4-5, 2023Statehouse Convention Center
Little Rock, AR
Kami-Con 2023February 10-12, 2023Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Birmingham, AL
Savannah Animazing & Video Game Expo 2023February 10-12, 2023Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA
StingrayCon 2023February 11, 2023Atlantic Coast High School
Jacksonville, FL
Brick City Anime Festival 2023February 11-12, 2023World Equestrian Center Expo 1 Building
Ocala, FL
SWFL-AnimeExpo 2023February 12, 2023Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops
Fort Myers, FL
Con Nooga 2023February 17-19, 2023Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
Fan Expo Portland 2023February 17-19, 2023Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR
Katsucon 2023February 17-19, 2023Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
Anime STX 2023February 18-19, 2023Rolling Oaks Mall
San Antonio, TX
Anime Crossroads 2023February 24-26, 2023Embassy Suites Event Center
Plainfield, IN
Pensacon 2023February 24-26, 2023Pensacola Bay Center
Pensacola, FL
Colossalcon Cruise 2023February 24-27, 2023Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas
Departing from Cape Canaveral, FL
Frankfort Anime-Fest 2023February 25, 2023Capital Plaza Hotel
Frankfort, KY
Arizona Matsuri 2023February 25-26, 2023Steele Indian School Park
Phoenix, AZ
Collect-A-Con Orlando 2023February 25-26, 2023Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Fanime Expo 2023February 25-26, 2023Campbell Hall
Pasadena, TX
Kawacon 2023February 25-26, 2023Henry B. González Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
AggieCon 2023March 3-5, 2023Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center
College Station, TX
Anime Augusta 2023March 11, 2023Augusta Convention Center
Augusta, GA
ACEcon 2023March 11-12, 2023Palm Harbor Library
Palm Harbor, FL
Mississippi Anime Fest 2023March 11-12, 2023Mississippi Trademart Center
Jackson, MS
All-Con 2023March 16-19, 2023Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
Dallas, TX
CarrierCon 2023March 18, 2023USS Hornet Museum
Alameda, CA
My-Con 2023March 18, 2023Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center
Orlando, FL
ScottyCon 2023March 18, 2023Jared L. Cohon University Center
Pittsburgh, PA
Fan Expo Cleveland 2023March 24-26, 2023Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
Isekai Anime Con 2023March 24-26, 2023801 Event Center
Salt Lake, UT
Zenkaikon 2023March 24-26, 2023Lancaster County Convention Center
Lancaster, PA
Swampcon 2023March 25, 2023J. Wayne Reitz Union at University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Animarathon 2023March 25-26, 2023Bowling Green State University, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green, OH
MegaCon Orlando 2023March 30 – April 2, 2023Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Triad Anime Con 2023March 31 – April 2, 2023Benton Convention Center
Winston-Salem, NC
TsumiCon 2023March 31 – April 2, 2023Alexis Park Resort
Las Vegas, NV
ETSU-Con 2023April 1-2, 2023East Tennessee State University, Culp Center
Johnson City, TN
Anime Boston 2023April 7-9, 2023Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
Anime Detour 2023April 7-9, 2023Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
MTAC 2023April 7-9, 2023Sheraton Music City Hotel / Embassy Suites Nashville Airport
Nashville, TN
Sakura-Con 2023April 7-9, 2023Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, WA
WeebCon 2023April 7-9, 2023Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Grapevine, TX
AniFest 2023April 8, 2023Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Torrance, CA
Riverwalk Anime 2023April 15-16, 2023Henry B. González Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
Anime St. Louis 2023April 21-23, 2023St. Charles Convention Center
St. Charles, MO
Anime Town Utah 2023April 21-23, 2023Mountain America Exposition Center
Sandy, UT
Beta Quest 2023April 22, 2023Camden Middle School
Kingsland, GA
Oz-Con 2023April 28-30, 2023West Plains Civic Center
West Plains, MO
Mini-Mini Con 2023April 29, 2023Wonderland of the Americas
San Antonio, TX
Anime Ocean City 2023April 29-30, 2023Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD
Shine Con 2023May 5-7, 2023Tuscany Suites & Casinos
Las Vegas, NV
Kogaracon 2023May 6, 2023Middlesex College
Edison, NJ
Hazard Con 2023May 12-14, 2023Ambassador Center
Erie, PA
Metrotham Con 2023May 12-14, 2023Chattanooga Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
Anime Central 2023May 19-21, 2023Donald E. Stephens Convention Center / Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Rosemont, IL
Quantum-Con 2023May 19-21, 2023Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
Plymouth, MN
MomoCon 2023May 25-28, 2023Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA
Animazement 2023May 26-28, 2023Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC
Mizucon 2023May 26-28, 2023Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon
Miami, FL
Naka-Kon 2023May 26-28, 2023Overland Park Convention Center / Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
Overland Park, KS
Thy Geekdom Con 2023May 26-28, 2023The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, PA
FanimeCon 2023May 26-29, 2023San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA
A-Kon 2023June 2-4, 2023Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas / Toyota Music Factory
Irving, TX
Fan Expo Philadelphia 2023June 2-4, 2023Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA
Fan Expo Dallas 2023June 9-11, 2023Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
Dallas, TX
JAFAX 2023June 9-11, 2023Amway Grand Plaza Hotel / DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, MI
Incredible Con 2023June 10-11, 2023Charleston Area Convention Center
North Charleston, SC
Cosplacon 2023June 15-18, 2023Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City
Jefferson City, MO
Anime Festival Orlando 2023June 16-18, 2023Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Orlando, FL
AnimeNEXT 2023June 16-18, 2023New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
Edison, NJ
PortConMaine 2023June 22-25, 2023DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, ME
South Portland, ME
Anime Festival Wichita 2023June 23-25, 2023Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS
Anime Sekai 2023June 23-25, 2023Abilene Convention Center
Abilene, TX
Black Hills Con 2023June 23-25, 2023The Monument
Rapid City, SD
Neo Anime Oasis 2023June 23-25, 2023The Grove Hotel / Idaho Central Arena
Boise, ID
Delta H Con 2023June 30 – July 2, 2023Houston Marriott Westchase
Houston, TX
Fan Expo Denver 2023June 30 – July 2, 2023Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Ba-Con 2023July 1-2, 2023Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, TX
Anime Expo 2023July 1-4, 2023Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA
8-Bit Block Party 2023July 15-16, 2023New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
New Braunfels, TX
ConnectiCon 2023July 20-23, 2023Connecticut Convention Center / Hartford Marriott Downtown
Hartford, CT
Tekko 2023July 20-23, 2023David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA
AnimeIowa 2023July 28-30, 2023Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, IA
Dokidokon 2023July 28-30, 2023Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
Kalamazoo, MI
Otakon 2023July 28-30, 2023Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
AnimeFest 2023July 28-31, 2023Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, TX
Rhode Island Anime Con 2023July 29-30, 2023Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, RI
Crunchyroll Expo 2023August 4-6, 2023San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA
Fan Expo Boston 2023August 4-6, 2023Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Boston, MA
Monkey Con 2023August 5, 2023The Universities at Shady Grove
Rockville, MD
Fan Expo Chicago 2023August 10-13, 2023Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
Matsuricon 2023August 11-13, 2023Hyatt Regency Columbus / Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH
Otaku Tattoo Expo: Midland 2023August 11-13, 2023Bush Convention Center
Midland, TX
Anime Magic! 2023August 18-20, 2023Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
Natsukashii Con 2023August 18-20, 2023Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center
Gettysburg, PA
ShikkariCon 2023August 19-20, 2023DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia West
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Superstar Anime 2023August 19-20, 2023Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Kokorokon 2023August 25-27, 2023Gateway Convention Center
Collinsville, IL
Dragon Con 2023August 31 – September 4, 2023Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree
Atlanta, GA
Nan Desu Kan 2023September 1-3, 2023Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Aurora, CO
San Japan 2023September 1-3, 2023Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX
Anime Fargo 2023September 15-17, 2023Ramada by Wyndham Fargo
Fargo, ND
Anime USA 2023September 22-24, 2023Hyatt Regency Crystal City At Reagan National Airport
Arlington, VA
Miryokucon 2023September 29 – October 1, 2023Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD
Tsubasacon 2023October 6-8, 2023Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
Charleston, WV
ValleyCon 2023October 13-15, 2023Holiday Inn Fargo
Fargo, ND
Otaku Tattoo Expo: Dallas 2023October 18-20, 2023Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center
Allen, TX
Dallas Fan Festival 2023October 20-22, 2023Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Irving, TX
PuchiCon PA 2023October 21-22, 2023Camelback Mountain Resort
Tannersville, PA
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2023October 26-29, 2023Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center / Cobb Galleria Centre
Atlanta, GA
DerpyCon 2023October 27-29, 2023Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
Youmacon 2023November 2-5, 2023Huntington Place / Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI
Anime Iwai 2023November 10-12, 2023Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center
Coral Springs, FL
Anime NYC 2023November 17-19, 2023Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
Fan Expo San Francisco 2023November 24-26, 2023Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA
Anime Frontier 2023December 8-10, 2023Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, TX

70 Anime Conventions to Visit Before You Die

Did you know that Anime conventions are not just a place for fans of anime, manga and Japanese culture to meet but have an even larger number of attendees participating from the Cosplay community than most other types of fan conventions?

For the veteran con-goers finding these events is a breeze. However, for those who have never attended an anime convention before or have just begun their cosplaying journey finding out information about these events can be a feat in itself.

So if you’ve ever kicked yourself in the butt for missing a con then our list below should help.


Since none of the staff at Comics and Cosplay have actually attended 70 conventions in North America it would be unfair to rank them based on which conventions we think are the best.

The list is ordered by the time of year the conventions take place starting in January, which should also make it easier when planning out your conventions schedule for the year.

1. Ohayocon, Columbus, Ohio

About this convention:

Ohayocon is held annually in January at the Hyatt Regency Columbus hotel and Columbus Convention Center.

Fun fact Ohayo is pronounced the same as the name of the state, Ohio, where the convention is held. Ohayo (おはよう) is the Japanese expression for “good morning.”

When it takes place: January

Where to buy online tickets:

centaurstage.com/ohayocon

Attendance:

12,500

2. SacAnime, Sacramento, California

About this convention:

Sac-Anime is an extension of Sacramento Toy, and Anime Show (Sac-Con). It takes place semi-annually at the Sacramento Convention Centre in January and August.

When it takes place:

January and August

Where to buy online tickets:

sacconventions.com

Attendance (2013):

9,000

3. Anime Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

About this convention:

Anime Milwaukee is an annual convention that takes place at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Delta Centre in February.

The convention was started by the anime club at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007.

When it takes place:

February

Where to buy online tickets:

animemilwaukee.com

Attendance (2013):

4,816

4. Kami-Con, Birmingham, Alabama

About this convention:

Kami-Con is an annual convention organized by the Bama SOS Brigade at the University of Alabama beginning in 2009. Originally held at the University of Alabama, the con was moved to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in 2013.

Unique to Kami-Con is a section dedicated to Pokemon related activities fittingly named the PokéCenter .

When it takes place:

February

Where to buy online tickets:

Kamicon.net

Attendance (2011):

2,300

5. Katsucon, National Harbor, Maryland

About this convention:

Katsucon is the tenth largest anime convention in North America. It takes place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center from mid to late February.

The convention centre is also a resort so there are many beautiful locations within it to take excellent cosplay photos.

When it takes place:

February

Where to buy online tickets:

Katsucon.org

Attendance (2012):

12,614

6. Naka-Kon, Overland Park, Kansas

About this convention:

Naka-Kon is A Kansas based convention organized by the University of Kansas anime club. The convention is hosted annually at the Overland Park Convention Center in either February or March.

When it takes place:

February/March

Where to buy online tickets:

naka-kon.com

Attendance (2011):

4,684

7. Anime Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

About this convention:

Anime Boston is one of the largest anime conventions on the East Coast. Organized by the New England Anime Society, the convention takes place at the Hynes Convention Center in the spring.

The Boston Phoenix has named Anime Boston the “Best Nerd Gathering” for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012.

When it takes place:

Spring

Where to buy online tickets:

Animeboston.com

Attendance (2013):

21,825

8. Anime Matsuri, Houston, Texas

About this convention:

Anime Matsuri is an anime convention in Houston, Texas that takes place in early spring. Anime Matsuri has been a host of the Midwest Qualifier and US Finals for the World Cosplay Summit since 2005.

The con is being relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center for 2014.

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

Animematsuri.com

Attendance (2013):

14,989

9. Con-Nichiwa, Tucson, Arizona

About this convention:

Con-Nichiwa is hosted in Arizona by Monkey Paw Entertainment, typically at the end of March. In the past the convention has taken place at the Holiday Inn Palo Verde but will be moving to the Tucson Convention Center in 2014.

When it takes place:

March

Where to buy online tickets:

con-nichiwa.com/attending/registration

Attendance (2013):

1,310

10. EvilleCon, Evansville, Indiana

About this convention:

EvilleCon is an annual convention held in the spring in Evansville, Indiana. The con started out as a free one day convention at the Evansville Central Library. The convention has since expanded to a three day convention that charges admission.

EvilleCon will be taking place at the Clarion Inn in 2014.

When it takes place:

March or April

Where to buy online tickets:

evillecon.com (starting October)

Attendance (2011):

860

11. Kawaii Kon, Honolulu, Hawaii

About this convention:

Kawaii Kon is the only anime convention held in Hawaii. The con is an annual three day event aking place in the spring at the Hawaii Convention Center. If you are an anime fan and don’t live in Hawaii Kawaii Kon is a great excuse to start planning your vacation!

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

kawaii-kon.org

Attendance (2013):

6,942

12. NashiCon, Columbia , South Carolina

About this convention:

NashiCon was started in 2008 by the University of South Carolina anime club. It is held annually at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in March or April.

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

nashicon.com

Attendance (2012):

1,285

13. Tekkoshocon, Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

About this convention:

Tekkoshocon is a four day convention taking place annually in March or April. The con is hosted at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh with offsite events held at the Hollywood Theater Dormont.

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

tekkoshocon.com

Attendance (2012):

3,600

14. Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC), Nashville Tennessee

About this convention:

MTAC is an annual convention hosted at the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The con is usually set for the Easter holiday weekend. For all those ramen lovers out there MTAC features a ramen eating contest!

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

The website (http://mtac.net/inlove/) is currently under construction. You can check out their Facebook page for the latest news on the convention at facebook.com/mtac.net.

Attendance (2012):

7,200

15. Momocon, Atlanta, Georgia

About this convention:

Momocon is in Atlanta Georgia, hosted at the Hilton Atlanta hotel and Mariott hotel. Usually held in March, but is set for the end of May in 2014 during the Memorial Day weekend.

When it takes place:

March/May

Where to buy online tickets:

momocon.com/registration

Attendance:

12,200

16. Zenkaikon, Lancaster , Pennsylvania

About this convention:

Zenkaikon is an annual three-day convention hosted in the spring at the Lancaster County Convention Center. The name of the convention is the merging of Kosaikon and Zentrakon, which came together in 2006 to create Zenkaikon.

When it takes place:

Spring

Where to buy online tickets:

zenkaikon.com/registration

Attendance (2013):

3,000 (approx.)

17. Anime Detour, Bloomington, Minnesota

Anime Detour is an annual three day convention hosted in March or April at the Double Tree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South. Anime Detour is noted for its community outreach.

Anime Twin Cities, who is the organizer behind Anime Detour, has a Community Fund which has been used to raise money to help cover medical expenses for anime voice actors Greg Ayres and Carrie Savage, and for giving back to the community by donating to local libraries and the Geek Partnership Society.

When it takes place:

March/April

Where to buy online tickets:

animedetour.com/registeronline

Attendance (2013):

5,000

18. Sakura-Con, Seattle , Washington

About this convention:

Sakura-Con is the seventh largest Anime Convention in North America. It is organized by the Asia-Northwest Cultural Association (ANCEA) and is held at the Washington State Convention Center. It usually takes place during the month of March or April.

When it takes place:

March or April

Where to buy online tickets:

sakuracon.org

Attendance:

21,457

19. Animazement, Raleigh , North Carolina

About this convention:

Animazement is an annual convention that takes place on the Memorial Day Weekend at the Raleigh Convention Center. Unlike most conventions Animazement has recently introduced a one badge policy.

Instead of having a weekend badge and individual one-day badges with different prices, Animazement has one set price for badges that allows attendees access to the convention for the entire weekend.

When it takes place:

May

Where to buy online tickets:

animazement.com/attendee-registration

Attendance (2013):

7,500+ (approx.)

20. Fanime, San Jose, California

About this convention:

Fananime is one of the ten largest fan-run anime conventions in North America. The convention is hosted annually at the San Jose McEnery Center at the end of May on the Memorial Day weekend.

When it takes place:

May

Where to buy online tickets:

fanime.com

Attendance (2012):

21,000

21. Anime North, Toronto, Ontario

About this convention:

The BEST anime convention in the whole universe (Yeah we’re biased. It’s Canadian ^^ and the writer has attended it for the past three years).

Anime North is a non-profit, fan-run convention held at the end of May usually during the Memorial Day weekend (the weekend after Victoria Day).

It is the largest Anime convention in Canada and takes place at six venues: Toronto Congress Centre, Double Tree International Plaza Hotel, The Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel, Mariott Toronto Airport, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Radisson Suites Hotel.

When it takes place:

May

Where to buy online tickets:

animenorth.com (eventbrite)

Attendance (2013):

23,700

22. Anime Central (ACen), Rosemont, Illinois

About this convention:

Anime Central is the third largest anime convention in North America. ACen takes place annually in May at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

A guest was married at the convention in 2001 and in 2012 there was a cosplay wedding held at ACen.

When it takes place:

May

Where to buy online tickets:

Acen.org

Attendance (2013):

28,692

23. Otafest, Calgary, Alberta

About this convention:

Otafest (which is another con in the Great White North ^^) is an annual three day convention hosted at the University of Calgary in May. Otafest is a non-profit organization and the convention is run by volunteers.

Otafest also runs mini, one-day convention in November named Otafest Aurora.

When it takes place:

May

Where to buy online tickets:

otafest.com

Attendance:

4,947

24. A-kon (a.k.a. Project A-kon), Dallas, Texas

About this convention:

A-kon is the longest anime convention in North America and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. It usually takes place in the Sheraton Dallas hotel but will be hosted at Hilton Anatole hotel in 2014.

When it takes place:

May/June

Where to buy online tickets:

a-kon.com

Attendance (2012):

21,982

25. Anime Evolution, Vancouver , British Columbia

About this convention:

Anime Evolution is an annual three day convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. It usually takes place in either June or August. AE was originally hosted at the Simon Fraser Valley University in Burnaby, B.C. It moved to the University of British Columbia in 2011.

The convention was on hiatus that year due to legal issues that AE Corp faced. In 2012 it was taken over by Vancouver Anime Convention Society and returned as a three-day con in 2013.

When it takes place:

Summer

Where to buy online tickets:

Animeevolution.com

Attendance (2013):

2,611

26. Anime Mid-Atlantic (AMA), Chesapeake, Virginia

About this convention:

Anime Mid-Atlantic is an annual con held at the Chesapeake Conference Center, typically on the Father’s Day weekend.

*There is an order form available online for pre-registration however it is for mail-ins only. You can pay by credit card but it is via telephone.

To do this you must e-mail the organizers at animemidatlantic(AeT)yahoo.com with your name, phone number, address and the best time to reach you

When it takes place:

June

Where to buy online tickets:

animemidatlantic.com

27. AnimeNEXT, Somerset , New Jersey

About this convention:

AnimeNEXT is an annual convention that takes place in June at the Garden State Exhibit Center. The con is the largest independent anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

When it takes place:

June

Where to buy online tickets:

animenext.org/registration/

Attendance:

10, 283

28. ColossalCon, Sandusky, Ohio

About this convention:

ColossalCon is a great con to kick your summer off with. Set in early June, the convention takes place at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky which has the largest indoor water park in the country.

ColossalCon 2014 will be taking place on the weekend of June 5TH .

When it takes place:

June

Where to buy online tickets:

colossalcon.com (pre-reg start date TBA)

Attendance (2011):

5,000 (approx.)

29. Metrocon, Tampa , Florida

About this convention:

Metrocon is the largest anime convention in Florida. It is hosted annually in either June or July at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention is near its goal of reaching 10,000 unique attendees, at which point Metrocon plans to add a fourth day to the three-day con.

When it takes place:

June/July

Where to buy online tickets:

metroconventions.com (pre-reg for 2014 begins Jan 1st)

Attendance (2013):

9,915

30. MizuCon, Miami , Florida

About this convention:

Mizu-con is an annual three day convention in Miami, Florida that began in 2008. In 2013 the con was hosted at Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel and Executive.

When it takes place:

June or August

Where to buy online tickets:

mizucon.com/registration

Attendance (2012):

1,510

31. OMGcon, Kentucky, Owensboro

About this convention:

OMGcon is a three-day anime convention held in June in Owensboro Kentucky. And yes the letters O-M-G does stand for “Oh My God!” In the past OMGcon has been held at The Julian Carrol Convention Center.

It will be moving to the Owensboro Convention Center for 2014 and 2015 to allow for the convention to expand.

When it takes place:

June

Where to buy online tickets:

OMGcon’s website is currently under construction. Updates can be found on the OMGcon Facebook page: facebook.com/omgcon

Attendance (2013):

1,500+ (approx.)

32. PortConMaine, South Portland, Maine

About this convention:

PortConMaine is a four day con that runs Thursday to Sunday in late June or July. The Thursday is only open to pre-registered attendees. The con is hosted annually at the Double Tree hotel in South Portland, Maine.

When it takes place:

June/July

Where to buy online tickets:

portconmaine.com (online registration info coming soon)

Attendance (2012):

2,306

33. SoDak Con, Rapid City , South Dakota

About this convention:

SoDak Con is an annual convention that takes place in either May or June at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The name of the convention is a shortening of the state it takes place in, South Dakota. SoDak is a fairly new convention that began in 2009.

When it takes place:

May/June

Where to buy online tickets:

sdcon.org/preregistration.html

Attendance (2013):

3,000+

34. Animaritime, Fredericton, New Brunswick

About this convention:

Animaritime is an anime and gaming convention hosted annually at the Fredericton Convention Center in New Brunswick. Animaritime was the first anime convention in the maritime region in Canada. It is usually takes place in early summer.

When it takes place:

June/July

Where to buy online tickets:

animaritime.org

Attendance:

1,702

35. Anime Festival Wichita, Wichita, Kansas

About this convention:

Anime Festival Wichita (AFW) is an annual three-day convention hosted at the Hyatt Regency Witchita. The convention usually takes place in early to mid July.

When it takes place:

June/July

Where to buy online tickets:

http://afwcon.org/tickets/

Attendance (2012):

3,000 (approx.)

36. Anime Expo, Los Angeles, California

About this convention:

Anime Expo is THE anime convention. It is the largest in the United States, usually taking place on the July 4th weekend in Los Angeles, California. The convention is currently hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

AX has been known for having high-profile Japanese guests due to its relationships with the Japanese side of the anime industry as well as the American side.

When it takes place:

July

Where to buy online tickets:

AnimeExpo.org

Attendance (2013):

61,000

37. Ikasucon, Fort Wayne, Indiana

About this convention:

Ikasucon is a yearly 3 day anime convention which is held during July at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

When it takes place:

July

Where to buy online tickets:

ikasucon.org/registration.php

Attendance (2013):

1,500 (approx)

38. Otakon, Baltimore, Maryland

About this convention:

Otakon is the second largest anime convention in the U.S. and one of the longest running anime conventions in North America. The Con takes place annually in July or August at the Baltimore Convention Center.

When it takes place:

July/August

Where to buy online tickets:

otakon.com

Attendance:

34,892

39. Tokyo in Tulsa (TNT), Tulsa , Oklahoma

About this convention:

Tokyo in Tulsa has evolved from a Halloween block party in 2005 to a three day anime convention. TNT hosts Oklahoma’s largest game event and is typically held in July or August.

When it takes place:

July/August

Where to buy online tickets:

tokyointulsa.com/registration

Attendance (2013):

6,000

40. Anime Festival Orlando (AFO), Orlando, Florida

About this convention:

AFO is hosted annually at Orlando, Florida. The con is usually hosted at Wyndham Orlando Resort between the end of July and the beginning of August.

This year the convention was held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, directly across the street from SeaWorld due to hotel construction. AFO has earned the title as being “Florida’s Favorite Anime Convention.”

When it takes place:

July/August

Where to buy online tickets:

animefestivalorlando.com (eventbrite)

Attendance (approx):

1,000+

41. AnimeIowa, Coralville, Iowa

https://youtube.com/watch?v=dow7jKEXmHs

About this convention:

AnimeIowa is an ever expanding anime convention hosted ever year at the Coralville Mariott Hotel & Conference Center. The convention is run by the non-profit Mindbridge Foundation.

The majority of attendees cosplay on at least one of the three days of the convention. AnimeIowa 2014 will be held from July 25 through July 27.

When it takes place:

July/August

Where to buy online tickets:

animeiowa.com/registration/online-registration

Attendance 2013 (approx):

3,000+

42. San Japan, San Antonio, Texas

About this convention:

San Japan is the largest fan convention in San Antonio, Texas. The convention is hosted at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Grand Hyatt San AntonioUnique to this convention, every year San Japan has a different theme.

In 2014 the con’s theme will be villains.

When it takes place:

July/August

Where to buy online tickets:

san-japan.org

Attendance (2013):

11,077

43. Otakuthon, Montreal, Quebec

About this convention:

Otakuthon is Quebec’s largest anime convention hosted at the Palais des congrès de Montrèal in Montrèal Quebec in August. Otakuthon’s programming is in both official languages of Quebec: English and Quebecois French.

Montrèal is famous for its poutine and there is nothing better than watching anime and nomming on fries doused in cheese curds and gravy.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

yurika.otakuthon.com

Attendance (2013):

13,357

44. Anime Revolution, Vancouver, British Columbia

About this convention:

Anime Revolution is a fairly new con that started in 2012. It takes place around mid-August at the Vancouver Convention Center.

In its first two years Anime Revolution has invited high-profile guests from both Japan and the U.S. including Toru Furuya (voice of Tuxedo Mask), Chief designer duo Maki and Asuka of Angelic Pretty, Jessica Nigri and Doug Walker.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

animerevolution.ca

Attendance (2012):

5,233

45. Animethon, Edmonton , Alberta

About this convention:

Animethon is the longest running anime convention in Western Canada, started in 1994 by the aptly named Banzai Anime Klub Alberta (BAKA). It has since been organized by the non-profit Alberta Society for Asian Popular Arts (ASAPA).

The convention is held annually at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta in early August.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

animethon.org

Attendance (2013):

8,058

46. Japan Expo USA, Santa Clara, California

About this convention:

Japan Expo USA is a new anime convention that just had its first run this past August 23-25 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. . Japan Expo USA is an extension of Japan Expo Paris run by SEFA entertainment based in San Francisco, California.

The original Japan Expo in Paris is a huge convention that had over 200,000 attendees in 2012! One of the main draws to both Japan Expo USA and Japan Expo Paris is that they have many businesses in the anime industry represented at the conventions.

This gives fans the opportunity to learn more about the industry and interact with people who work for businesses such as Funimation and Viz Media at their panels.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

japan-expo.org

47. Matsuricon, Columbus, Ohio

About this convention:

Matsuricon is an annual anime convention that takes place at the end of August, held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus hotel and Columbus Convention Center (same location as Ohayocon). Nobuo Uematsu was one of the notable guests in 2010 for the Distant Worlds concert hosted at Matsuricon that year.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

matsuricon.org

Attendance (2012):

3,000+

48. Anime USA, Washington D.C.

About this convention:

Anime USA was previously held in Virginia up until 2012, which is the year it moved to Washington D.C. The convention is now hosted at Washington Marriott Wardman Park. It has taken place at various dates in the fall and will be happening on the weekend of September 13 next year.

When it takes place:

Fall

Where to buy online tickets:

animeusaregistration.org

Attendance (2011):

5,000

49. Anime Weekend Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

About this convention:

Anime Weekend Atlanta is the eighth largest anime convention in the US. The convention is hosted at three venues: the Cobb Galleria Center, Renaissance Waverly Hotel, and Sheraton Suites Galleria Atlanta. The convention typically takes place at the end of September or early October.

When it takes place:

September/October

Where to buy online tickets:

awa-con.com

Attendance:

13, 472

50. Saboten Con, Glendale, Arizona

About this convention:

Sabotencon is the largest anime convention in Arizona, hosted at the Renaissance Glendale in Arizona. Like many anime conventions, Saboten con has introduced new programming and policies that appeal to the growing youth population at anime conventions.

Along with the typical anime con events such as panels and the masquerade Sabotencon has extended its late night programming including raves and more 18+ panels and events. This past con there was even a pool party hosted by the con’s rave DJS!

When it takes place:

August/September

Where to buy online tickets:

sabotencon.com

Attendance (2012):

3,432

51. Mechacon, New Orleans, Louisiana

About this convention:

Mechacon sets itself apart from other anime conventions. Not only does the con celebrate Japanese animation and culture, but it also features Transformers panels and events. Mechacon has pulled through devastating events including Hurricane Katrina and Rita in its inaugural year, and the passing of the Events Coordinator, a con guest, and a loyal attendee in 2010.

Even after all these hardships the Mechacon community has come together to host an incredible convention every year and continues to grow. Mechacon takes place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

mechacon.com

Attendance (2013):

5,800

52. Motaku, Kansas City, Missouri

About this convention:

Motaku is a smaller convention with a very relaxed and social atmosphere. It takes place at the Holiday Inn and Coco Key Water Resort in Kansas City. Fandoms, cosplay and…water slides!? What more can you ask for in a con?

When it takes place:

August

Where to buy online tickets:

motaku.org/registration/

Attendance (2012):

1,100

53. AnimeFest Dallas, Texas

About this convention:

AnimeFest is one of Dallas’ biggest anime conventions. The convention began over a decade ago in 1992 and has steadily grown since then. Last year AnimeFest was held at the Richardson Civic Center in Texas.

Even with it’s relatively large attendance numbers AnimeFest has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to some other cons of its size.

When it takes place:

September

Where to buy online tickets:
animefest.org

Attendance (2012):

7,000+ (est)

54. Kumori Con, Vancouver, Washington,

About this convention:

Kumoricon celebrated its eleventh anniversary this past Labour Day Weekend. Hosted at the Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, Kumoricon is a mid-sized convention in the Northwest. Over the years Kumoricon has co-hosted several one-day events including anime-themed masquerade balls and Kumoricon Lite.

When it takes place:

September

Where to buy online tickets:

kumoricon.org/registration

Attendance (2013):

5,300 (approx)

55. Nan Desu Kan, Denver, Colorado

About this convention:

Nan Desu Kan is the largest Anime Convention in the state of Colorado. It has been a fan-run convention since it began in 1997. Each year the con invites several guests from the anime industry from both Japan and North America.

The convention hosts a balcony decorating contest for guests staying in balcony rooms in the atrium. First place wins a Free hotel room and two passes for next year’s con- how awesome is that!? You should checkout the links posted above for a photo of an awesome Legend of Zelda themed balcony!

When it takes place:

September

Where to buy online tickets:

ndkdenver.org

Attendance:

7,500 (approx. daily attendance)

56. Senshi-Con, Anchorage, Alaska

About this convention:

Senshi-Con is a small convention in Alaska that takes place in the Egan Center. Along with anime voice actors, Senshi-Con likes to feature local talent. The local talent and the smaller size of the con give it a very communal feel.

When it takes place:

September

Where to buy online tickets:

senshicon.net

Attendance (2012):

1,600

57. Anime Banzai, Layton, Utah,

About this convention:

Anime Banzai is a three-day anime convention in Utah hosted at the Davis Conference Center and the Hilton Garden Inn. It is marketed as a family friendly convention. Though it is family friendly there are 18+ events at the convention, as well as a late night, all-ages EDM party.

When it takes place:

October

Where to buy online tickets:

animebanzai.org

Attendance (2011):

3,500 (approx)

58. Oni-Con, Galveston, Texas

About this convention:

Oni-Con, aptly named after the word for “demon” in Japanese, is an annual convention set just before Halloween- what better time to be in costume? The convention is hosted at the Gavelston Island Convention Center which has a beautiful beach.

When it takes place:

October

Where to buy online tickets:

oni-con.net/registration/

Attendance (2011):

7,000 (approx)

59. Tsubasacon West Virginia, Huntington

About this convention:

Tusbasacon has been praised for its small convention feel and promises an experiences comparable to larger cities. After skimming through their programming, Tusbasacon definitely offers events and panels comparable to that of a larger city convention. The convention takes place at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, and Riverfront Ballroom & Conference Center

When it takes place:

October

Where to buy online tickets:

tsubasacon.org

Attendance:

1,400 (approx)

60. RealmsCon Corpus Christi, Texas

About this convention:

RealmsCon began in 2005 as a multi-genre convention that focussed mostly on comic books and science-fiction. Organizers realized that most attendees were coming to the con for anime and since then RealmsCon has been an anime convention.

The con’s programming includes many cosplay, comic book, and horror related panels, events, and workshops. It takes place annually at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

When it takes place:

October

Where to buy online tickets:

realmscon.com

Attendance (2012):

3,000+

61. Yaoi-Con Long Beach, California

About this convention:

Yaoi-Con is a strictly 18+ convention due to the adult nature of the genre. Each year Yaoi-Con sponsors at least one Japanese yaoi manga artist as a guest of honour.

The guest of honour participates in Q&A/autograph sessions as well as sketch sessions where they demonstrate how they produce their work. Bishounen Bingo and the Bishounen auction are two very popular events at Yaoi-Con. In 2012 the convention was hosted at the Westin Long Beach Hotel

When it takes place:

October

Where to buy online tickets:

yaoicon.com

Attendance:

1,500+

62. Sukoshi Con

About this convention:

Sukoshi Con, organized by Gaijin Global Enterprises, is a brand of conventions that hosts multiple conventions throughout the year in various states in the Southeast. The core focus of Sukoshi Con is to be a “Social Anime Convention”

When it takes place:

Dates for three of the main events they host are listed below

Athens Anime Academy- October

Destination Anime- January

Louisville Anime Weekend (LAW)- July

Where to buy online tickets:

sukoshicon.com

Attendance:

N/A

63. Youmacon Detroit, Michigan

About this convention:

Youmacon is a large anime convention hosted at the Detroit Marott at the Renaissance Center and the Cobo Center. One of Youmacon’s most popular events is its “Live Action Mario Party” which emulates the video game experience with human players.

Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.

When it takes place:

October/November

Where to buy online tickets:

youmacon.com

Attendance (2012):

12,156

64. Nekocon Hampton, Virginia

About this convention:

Nekocon is Virginia’s oldest and longest running anime convention, spanning a decade and a half. As well as having a traditional AMV contest, Nekocon also hosts an event named AMV Idol.

There are three judges that take on the personas of Simon, Paula and Randy and score and give comments on the AMVs to a live audience. The convention takes place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

When it takes place:

November

Where to buy online tickets:

nekocon.com

Attendance (2011):

4,487

65. Anime Nebraskon, Omaha, Nebraskon

About this convention:

Nebraskon is praised for its good organization and fun atmosphere. Nebraskon offers a number of panels related to Japanese Culture and Anime, and some just-for-fun panels like Happy Fun Time with Duct Tape.

This involves attendees getting taped together into a duct tape amoeba and running around the convention. The word fun has been used five times in describing Nebraskon so it must be true.

When it takes place:

November

Where to buy online tickets:

animenebraskon.com

Attendance (2011):

2,100

66. Anime Vegas Nevada, Las Vegas

About this convention:

Anime Vegas is an annual non-profit convention. Last year the convention was hosted at the Renaissance-Las Vegas. Anime Vegas has the benefits of being a con in a large city with a small con feel. Being in Vegas there is a lot for attendees to do outside of the con.

Its small size allows for shorter autograph lines so the guests have an opportunity to talk with their fans.

Attendees don’t have to choose between panels because there are no more than a few events happening at once.

When it takes place:

November

Where to buy online tickets (we’re hoping this one comes back):

animevegas.com

Attendance (2008):

3,100 (approx)

67. SugoiCon Kentucky, Fort Mitchell

About this convention:

Attendees have spoken positively about Sugoicon’s social atmosphere. Unlike large conventions at Sugoicon you aren’t rushed to get from event A to event B and have more opportunities to relax and mingle with fellow anime fans.

When it takes place:

October/November

Where to buy online tickets:

sugoicon.org

Attendance (2011):

1,000+ (est)

68. Aniwave, Wilmington, North Carolina

About this convention:

Aniwave is a one day convention that began as a film festival in 2007. Since then it has developed into a Japanese cultural festival. The convention takes place at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Aniwave is a family friendly con and very community-oriented. The con aims to feature local talent including artists, musicians and photographers.

When it takes place:

December

Where to buy online tickets:

aniwave.org

Attendance (2011):

553

69. Anime Crossroads Indianapolis, Indiana

About this convention:

Anime Crossroads is a small convention hosted at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. It is a small, well-run convention. Anime Crossroads is perfect for new con-goers who want to ease themselves into their con adventures.

When it takes place:

December

Where to buy online tickets:

animecrossroads.com/registration/

Attendance (2011):

553

70. Con-G Guelph, Ontario

About this convention:

Con-G began in 2009 as an anime convention and has since expanded to include other genres in geek culture including Steampunk, Science Fiction, and Gaming.

The convention has grown over the past few years from an attendance of 350 to an expected attendance of 1,400 this year. Con-G will be taking place at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre this year.

When it takes place:

February

Attendance (2013):

1,400

Attendance numbers and general information on all of the conventions included in this article are from the respective Wikipedia pages and websites of the conventions.