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Anime Conventions Happening In The USA in 2023

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In the last couple of years, anime and manga have become a worldwide industry, catering to a broad audience across continents. In one of its mediums, anime viewers and pop culture enthusiasts collaborate to create amazing art pieces, often showcased in events called anime conventions.

Every year, anime conventions and pop culture events, including Kpop parties, and gaming events, attract thousands of fans who cosplay, play video games, attend special premiers, and create unforgettable memories. In short, an anime convention is an event where people from different backgrounds come together to celebrate Japanese entertainment coming straight out of Japan or places highly influenced by the Japanese animation industry. 

Many Chinese, South Korean, and other East Asian nations are joining the anime convention community, bringing a new taste to the world of anime entertainment. These conventions help these individuals to showcase their skills and have a good time with them with panels, workshops, cosplay contests, and many single-day events.

There are various things one can do at an anime convention. Since this is a list of anime conventions happening in the USA between 2022-2023, many events will bring two different cultures together while more cultures will exchange ideas and delicacies inside the event venues.

Before we see all the American anime conventions happening between 2022-2023, let’s see what anime conventions are. If you are an American, there are plenty of opportunities to visit these conventions and have a good time. The social atmosphere would be layered with being around people who share the same interest as you.

What are anime conventions?

Anime conventions USA

According to the internet, Japan’s first known anime convention was held in Comiket in 1975. It was a small get-together of people that later became a mass gathering where fans could buy and sell manga and market their creations. 

Fast forward a couple of decades, technology developed, and in the early 80s, other mediums of manga entered the US markets, where shonen became the fastest growing genre of Japanese entertainment. Now, we can find almost everything about anime, like cosplay costumes, anime premiers, official and fan-made merchandise, video games, and fan-made comic series. 

The new wave of creators has made anime conventions more legendary because now, regular people can create art, get paid for it, and have a good time with like-minded people. This phenomenon attracts millions of pop culture enthusiasts yearly, and it is growing strong as the medium reaches places nobody could’ve thought of. 

The next anime and convention wave reached America in the last 2000s. Several companies and big entertainment corporations started venturing into Japanese entertainment in their cities, giving birth to anime events in the USA, which later became anime conventions. 

These small events have gone up and above to attract global audiences, and events like Comic Con, Dragon Con, Tsubasacon, and Anime Expo, which are a big part of events and entertainment in the USA. Moreover, this anime convention has motivated countries in Europe, Asia, and America to invest in anime and make skyrocketing profits while giving countless hours of entertainment to visitors. 

But aren’t you curious about what makes these anime events so interesting? What do these events offer, and what can people do during these events? Or how one can enjoy anime conventions? Worry not! Because we have an answer for that as well.

Why do people visit anime conventions?

Anime conventions USA 2022 2023

There are many reasons why people go to anime conventions. This includes watching the latest games and attending new movies and TV series premiers. Some people also visit these anime conventions to participate in cosplay games, purchase merchandise, attend signing events from their favorite artists, or simply hang out with people who share the same interest as them.

Anime conventions are not like a fairyland because they involve real people leaving their day-to-day life and trying to enjoy themselves with like-minded people. There are chances where a mishap can happen, and sometimes you can find yourself in a crowd of thousands of people, which can be intimidating for some people. 

Nevertheless, it is still a place where you can form connections with people and appreciate your love for manga, video games, anime, and art. You can always look for these events to have a good time with people who’ll help you create memories and connections that will last forever.

List of anime conventions happening in the USA between 2022 and 2023

Almost 50+ plus anime conventions are happening in the USA between 2022-2023. These events are taking place in popular cities and states in the USA, like Florida, Vancouver, New York City, Las Vegas, and many more.

Anime conventions USA 2022

Convention Name Dates Convention Venue City/State
Dragon Con 2022 September 1-5, 2022 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree Atlanta, GA
Nan Desu Kan 2022 September 2-4, 2022 Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center Aurora, CO
SacAnime Summer 2022 September 2-4, 2022 SAFE Credit Union Convention Center Sacramento, CA
San Japan 2022 September 2-4, 2022 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX
Saboten Con 2022 September 2-5, 2022 Sheraton Grand Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
Anime Escape Festival 2022 Cancelled September 3-4, 2022 Lone Star Park Grand Prairie, TX
Anime Impulse Orange County 2022 September 3-4, 2022 OC Fair & Event Center Costa Mesa, CA
Anime Oklahoma 2022 September 9-11, 2022 Delta Hotel by Marriott and Reed Conference Center Midwest City, OK
Anime Oklahoma 2022 September 9-11, 2022 Delta Hotel by Marriott and Reed Conference Center Midwest City, OK
Colossalcon East 2022 September 9-11, 2022 Kalahari Resorts Pocono Manor, PA
Rose City Comic Con 2022 September 9-11, 2022 Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
Ancient City Con 2022 September 16-18, 2022 World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort St. Augustine, FL
SoCal Anime 2022 September 16-18, 2022 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA
Incredible Con 2022 September 17, 2022 Charleston Area Convention Center North Charleston, SC
Super Dimension Convention 2022 September 17, 2022 Torrance Cultural Arts Center Torrance, CA
Anime St. Pete 2022 September 17-18, 2022 The Coliseum St. Petersburg, FL
Collect-A-Con Kansas City 2022 September 17-18, 2022 Kansas City Convention Center Kansas City, MO
Harrisburg Anime and Video Game Con 2022 September 17-18, 2022 Harrisburg Mall Harrisburg, PA
Spa-Con 2022 September 23-25, 2022 Hot Springs Convention Center Hot Springs, AR
AniMarketplace 2022 September 24, 2022 Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Los Angeles, CA
Fountain City Fandemonium 2022 September 24, 2022 Williams County Public Library Bryan, OH
MissouriCon 2022 September 24, 2022 Holiday Inn St. Louis – Downtown Conv Ctr St. Louis, MO
BanzaiKon 2022 September 30 – October 2, 2022 South Padre Island Convention Centre / Holiday Inn Resort South Padre Island-Beach Front South Padre Island, TX
Ramencon 2022 September 30 – October 2, 2022 Century Center South Bend, IN
Unicon 2022 Postponed September 30 – October 2, 2022 The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, NV
Anime Fiesta 2022 October 1-2, 2022 McAllen Convention Center McAllen, TX
Anime Senpai 2022 October 7-9, 2022 Gateway Center Collinsville, IL
Otaku Tattoo Expo 2022 October 7-9, 2022 Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center Allen, TX
Tsubasacon 2022 October 7-9, 2022 Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Charleston, WV
Ani-Medford 2022 October 8, 2022 Josephine County Fairgrounds Grants Pass, OR
Lib-Con 2022 October 8, 2022 Abilene Public Library Abilene, TX
Anime Banzai 2022 October 14-16, 2022 Davis Conference Center Layton, UT
Anime USA 2022 October 14-16, 2022 Hyatt Regency Crystal City At Reagan National Airport Arlington, VA
Another Anime Convention 2022 October 14-16, 2022 Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center Westford, MA
Dallas Fan Festival 2022 October 14-16, 2022 Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas Irving, TX
Collect-A-Con Denver 2022 October 15-16, 2022 Colorado Convention Center Denver, CO
WasabiCon 2022 October 15-16, 2022 The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center Jacksonville, FL
Anime NebrasKon 2022 October 21-23, 2022 Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, IA
Northwest IdolFest 2022 October 21-23, 2022 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport Seattle, WA
Pacific Media Expo 2022 October 21-23, 2022 Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel San Gabriel, CA
New Wave Xpo 2022 October 22, 2022 American Bank Center Corpus Christi, TX
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2022 October 27-30, 2022 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center / Cobb Galleria Centre Atlanta, GA
Anime Texas 2022 October 28-30, 2022 The Woodlands Resort The Woodlands, TX
DerpyCon 2022 October 28-30, 2022 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
UwU Con 2022 October 28-30, 2022 Bell Bank Park Mesa, AZ
Hallowfest Card Show and After Party 2022 October 29, 2022 Portuguese Hall of Visalia Visalia, CA
Hallowfest Card Show and After Party 2022 October 29, 2022 Portuguese Hall of Visalia Visalia, CA
Heroes, Villains, and Blerds 2022 October 29, 2022 Winter Park Community Center Winter Park, FL
YumeConUSA 2022 October 29, 2022 Palo Alto Event Center Palo Alto, CA
Epic ACG Fest 2022 October 29-30, 2022 Scientology Community Center of Silicon Valley Mountain View, CA
Youmacon 2022 November 3-6, 2022 TCF Center / Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Detroit, MI
J1-Con 2022 November 4-6, 2022 Showboat Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ
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NekoCon 2022 November 4-6, 2022 Hampton Roads Convention Center Hampton, VA
Unicon 2022 November 4-6, 2022 The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, NV
CoosaCon 2022 November 5, 2022 Thornton Recreation Center Rome, GA
Tiger Con 2022 November 5-6, 2022 James H Rainwater Conference Center Valdosta, GA
Rocky Mountain Con 2022 November 6-7, 2022 Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Stapleton Denver, CO
Animaine 2022 November 11-13, 2022 Best Western Merry Manor Inn South Portland, ME
Kumoricon 2022 November 11-13, 2022 Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
Oni-Con 2022 November 11-13, 2022 Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort Galveston, TX
Anime Expo Chibi 2022 November 12-13, 2022 Ontario Convention Center Ontario, CA
Anime Austin 2022 November 18-20, 2022 Holiday Inn Austin Midtown Austin, TX
Anime NYC 2022 November 18-20, 2022 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY
Colossalcon North 2022 November 18-20, 2022 Kalahari Resorts Dells Wisconsin Dells, WI
Con Nichiwa 2022 November 18-20, 2022 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park Tucson, AZ
Philcon 2022 November 18-20, 2022 DoubleTree by Hilton Cherry Hill Philadelphia Cherry Hill, NJ
Sin City Anime 2022 November 18-20, 2022 Alexis Park All Suite Resort Las Vegas, NV
Anime Pasadena 2022 November 19-20, 2022 Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena, CA
Anime Dallas 2022 November 25-27, 2022 Hyatt Regency Dallas Dallas, TX
Fan Expo San Francisco 2022 November 25-27, 2022 Moscone Center San Francisco, CA
Anime Frontier 2022 December 2-4, 2022 Fort Worth Convention Center Fort Worth, TX
GalaxyCon Columbus 2022 December 2-4, 2022 Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, OH
Cosplay Expo 2022 December 9-11, 2022 Caesars Forum Las Vegas, NV
Yama-Con 2022 December 9-11, 2022 LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge, TN
LouisvilleCon 2022 December 10, 2022 Triple Crown Pavilion Jeffersontown, KY
Ocean City Comic Con 2022 December 10, 2022 Roland E. Powell Convention Center Ocean City, MD
Winter Wonderland Anime Extravaganza 2022 December 10, 2022 Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA
Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2022 December 10-11, 2022 Tampa Convention Center Tampa, FL
Con+Alt+Delete 2022 December 16-18, 2022 Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL
Holiday Matsuri 2022 December 16-18, 2022 Orlando World Center Marriott Orlando, FL

Anime conventions in the USA 2023

Convention Name Dates Convention Venue City/State
Animé Los Angeles 2023 January 5-8, 2023 Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Long Beach, CA
Fan Expo New Orleans 2023 January 6-8, 2023 New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Center New Orleans, LA
SacAnime Winter 2023 January 6-8, 2023 SAFE Credit Union Convention Center Sacramento, CA
Setsucon 2023 January 13-15, 2023 Blair County Convention Center Altoona, PA
Anime Impulse 2023 January 14-15, 2023 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA
Ikkicon 2023 January 20-22, 2023 Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock, TX
Anime Milwaukee 2023 February 3-5, 2023 Wisconsin Center / Hilton Milwaukee City Center Milwaukee, WI
Savannah Animazing & Video Game Expo 2023 February 10-12, 2023 Savannah Convention Center Savannah, GA
SWFL-AnimeExpo 2023 44969 Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops Fort Myers, FL
Fan Expo Portland 2023 February 17-19, 2023 Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR
Kawacon 2023 February 25-26, 2023 Henry B. González Convention Center San Antonio, TX
AggieCon 2023 March 3-5, 2023 Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center College Station, TX
Fan Expo Cleveland 2023 March 24-26, 2023 Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland Cleveland, OH
Animarathon 2023 March 25-26, 2023 Bowling Green State University, Bowen-Thompson Student Union Bowling Green, OH
MegaCon Orlando 2023 March 30 – April 2, 2023 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL
Anime Boston 2023 April 7-9, 2023 Hynes Convention Center Boston, MA
Anime St. Louis 2023 April 21-23, 2023 St. Charles Convention Center St. Charles, MO
Anime Town: Utah 2023 April 21-23, 2023 Mountain America Exposition Center Sandy, UT
Oz-Con 2023 April 28-30, 2023 West Plains Civic Center West Plains, MO
Metrotham Con 2023 May 12-14, 2023 Chattanooga Convention Center Chattanooga, TN
Anime Central 2023 May 19-21, 2023 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center / Hyatt Regency O’Hare Rosemont, IL
Thy Geekdom Con 2023 May 26-28, 2023 The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA
Fan Expo Philadelphia 2023 June 2-4, 2023 Philadelphia Convention Center Philadelphia, PA
Fan Expo Dallas 2023 June 9-11, 2023 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas Dallas, TX
Cosplacon 2023 June 15-18, 2023 Capitol Plaza Hotel Jefferson City Jefferson City, MO
PortConMaine 2023 June 22-25, 2023 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, ME South Portland, ME
Anime Festival Wichita 2023 June 23-25, 2023 Hyatt Regency Wichita Wichita, KS
Anime Sekai 2023 June 23-25, 2023 Abilene Convention Center Abilene, TX
Black Hills Con 2023 June 23-25, 2023 The Monument Rapid City, SD
Fan Expo St. Louis 2023 June 23-25, 2023 America’s Center St. Louis, MO
Fan Expo Denver 2023 June 30 – July 2, 2023 Colorado Convention Center Denver, CO
Anime Expo 2023 July 1-4, 2023 Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, CA
Otakon 2023 July 28-30, 2023 Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, DC
Otaku Con 2023 July 29-30, 2023 Rhode Island Convention Center Providence, RI
Fan Expo Boston 2023 August 4-6, 2023 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Boston, MA
Monkey Con 2023 45143 The Universities at Shady Grove Rockville, MD
Fan Expo Chicago 2023 August 10-13, 2023 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL
San Japan 2023 September 1-3, 2023 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX
Miryokucon 2023 Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2023 Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards Baltimore, MD
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2023 October 26-29, 2023 Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center / Cobb Galleria Centre Atlanta, GA
DerpyCon 2023 October 27-29, 2023 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ

How to book tickets to the anime conventions?

First, you can check out the event’s official website to see all the information about the event tickers, where to purchase them, and how much they are!

Secondly, most anime conventions have different ticket prices according to various perks. These include passes for entering the venue, tickets for movie premiers, and attending paid events that require extra money other than the venue tickets. 

Moreover, if you want to set up your booth at anime conventions in the USA, you have to pay a lot more than the ticket price because the ticket prices for sellers differ from ticket prices for visitors. 

You have to select the size of your booth and where you want to boot to be. There are various sections at the Anime convention, like manga, comics, candies, eatery, and many more. Based on where you want your booth to be, you can pay the upfront fee and arrive early on the day of the event.

Since these events span 4 to 7 days, you can set up your booths based on days and sell your merchandise, artwork, food, and anything you want. 

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Ashish Khaitan is a content writer based out of New Delhi. He usually writes content for business owners, websites, and filmmakers. He likes anime, mangas, and Kdramas and often spends a lot of time reading books. He enjoys his own company and rarely goes outside unless there is a sale in the local clothing stores.

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