Artist Alley

We are so excited for Artist Alley this year! We’ve had more than 700 artists apply and we’re bringing the finest to you. Come to the Alley to find illustrations, crafts, clothing, buttons, and so much more made by fans like yourselves! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Commision one of our skilled artisans to craft a custom piece for you. There’s such a wide variety of things you can find at FanimeCon’s Artist Alley!

We can’t wait to see everyone at the convention this year and hope that you find a bit of what you’re looking for in our exhibit hall.

For the latest information, stay up to date on the Fanime Facebook, Twitter, and Fanime Artist Alley FAQ, and if you have any questions, you can email us at artistalley@fanime.com.

Artist Alley hours of operation:

Friday (2:00pm – 8:00pm)
Saturday (10:00am – 7:00pm)
Sunday (10:00am – 7:00pm)
Monday (10:00am – 3:00pm)

Art Gallery

We regret to officially inform you that Art Gallery will undergo a transition year and will not take place at FanimeCon 2016. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those that have participated in the gallery in the past and those that have expressed interest this year.

Cosplay Hangout

The Cosplay Hangout is our “Press Free” zone where you can repair your cosplay, sit down, cool off, and rehydrate. Half of the room is dedicated to cosplay related workshops or discussions throughout the day. And at night, we hold special events like our Cosplayer Crane Ceremony.

Check out this year’s cosplay workshops and events!

Dealer’s Hall

Dealers is the place to shop!
We are located in Halls 1 & 2 with over 100 vendors; where attendees can shop from a vast array of merchandise. Items being sold include: anime, manga, gaming, fashion companies, and much more.

Hall Hours Are:
Fri 2pm-8pm
Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 10am-7pm
Mon 10am-3pm

For information about being a Dealer please email Dealers@fanime.com.

Donation Station/Idris’ Closet

Want to go to Black & White Ball, but don’t have anything to wear? Have formal wear collecting dust in your closet? Having issues decoding the dress code? Our helpful staff at Idris’ Closet can give you a hand. Idris’ Closet is a formal wear thrift shop that will be open throughout FanimeCon to help with your Black and White Ball needs!

Idris’ Closet is looking for formal wear donations. If you have any questions about donations, please contact us at idris.closet@fanime.com. All of our proceeds go to charity.

Fanimaid Café

Okaerinasaimase, Goshujinsama! Welcome to FanimeCon’s very own Fanimaid Cafe with the most amazing themed cafe experience we have to offer! Enjoy delicious food enchanted with moé charms, play tabletop games with your maid, and watch our spectacular stage performances!

Fanimaid Cafe features in-cafe performances and cafe-wide stage games as well as the Fanimaid☆LIVE showcase on Stage Zero. Don’t miss out on all the exciting highlights we have this year, including the chekis Polaroid giveaway for the first 50 guests on Saturday and Sunday. Come early to receive a shinkansen ticket so your party can skip the line (for parties of four and fewer).

We are located at Club Regent in The Fairmont Hotel.

Our cafe hours are:

Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM

Fanimaid☆LIVE showtimes at Stage Zero:

Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Follow us on Facebook (Fanimaid Café) and Twitter (@fanimaidcafe) for live updates and more information.

Come visit us and see what the magic of Fanime’s maid cafe is all about ♥

Gaming Hall

Please refer to our eGaming or Tabletop web pages, the official FanimeCon Gaming Hall forum thread, or Gaming Hall social media outlets (Facebook or Twitter) for the latest announcements / events+tournaments list!


FanimeCon is proud to announce that, for the second year running, our Charity partner will be the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Our Charity is supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction (taking place in the Dealers’ Hall), our Live Auction (Sunday, 4:00 p.m. at Stage Zero), our Putt Putt Golf Challenge (located in the Dealer’s Hall), Yo-Yo Tsuri (Yo-Yo fishing) game, Kingyo Sukui (Fish Scooping) game, and more Midway games to come! We are also working on other ways to help FanimeCon give more back to the community. Thanks to all of the attendees for your support of our continuing partnership with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area!

Manga Lounge

Need a rest after navigating around the Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley? Missing that feeling of turning pages right to left instead of scrolling on your tablet? Want a place to meet up with friends before you go to a panel? Check out the Manga Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel. Come read mangas you’ve been thinking about buying before you buy them. We have English, Japanese, and Chinese titles. There is manga in the lounge you have heard of and some you’ve haven’t waiting to be explored. This is a place to relax and read a good book. If you want some quiet with a nice waiting place and cool FanimeCon staff, we’ll be here.

Hours Open
• Friday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Sunday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Monday: 8 AM ~ 3 PM

• All FanimeCon badges must be checked in to the Librarians upon entry to the Lounge.
• Please take no more than three manga at a time so that others can enjoy the books.
• Return the manga you have been reading to a staff Librarian at the check-out counter in order to reclaim your badge and/or to check out new books.
• The lounge is for reading, relaxing, and quiet discussion; please be respectful to those around you and keep your voices low.
• Don’t forget to verify that the CORRECT badge and all possessions you checked in are returned to you before you leave.
• Bags, backpacks, purses, or anything that can carry or fit a book must be checked in with the Librarians.
• Any attempt to leave with Lounge property results in the loss of your FanimeCon badge
• No sticky foods
• No open beverage containers allowed in the lounge.
• Manage your time wisely and head to the check-out counter at least 15 minutes before a scheduled activity you plan to attend outside the lounge to allow your badge to be returned to you in time.

New Exchange Section
This is new to the Manga Lounge. It’s a place where you can take mangas you don’t want anymore and exchange them for something different. You might even find that one manga you’ve been looking for to complete your collection.
Come trade one of your own manga for any manga in the section. As long as the manga is legible and is not torn or missing any pages or the cover, we will exchange it for your choice from the exchange section of the Lounge.

Stage Zero

In a land clogged with attendees, artists, dealers, and cosplayers, where does one turn for comfort, relief and entertainment? Stage Zero, of course! Stage Zero is located smack dab in the middle of the main hall for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs and performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan on which panel to attend. Have a seat and watch the wackiness, or participate in games for prizes while you wait for friends to come back from the bathroom. The Stage will be your information nerve center to the rest of the convention by way of the talented staff. So don’t be afraid to take a load off your feet for a while and absorb the amazing that is Stage Zero!

To see the list of performances and times for Stage Zero, please visit the Stage Zero Listing page.

The Dojo

Get to know the people behind the steel. The Bushido Department proudly presents the Twilight Knights, students of the science and the art that is martial combat. Get to know fellow weapons and combat enthusiasts at the meet and greet and ask about each of our workshops and panels so you can plan which ones to attend.

Self-Defense for Women I:

One of two workshops geared just for ladies this year!  Some basic self-defense knowledge is a must-have in these times and we are here to give it to you free of charge.*

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Self-Defense for Women II:

After having this requested for many years Fanime now brings you the second level class in this course of instruction.  More information.  More situations discussed and taught.  Situational training is ramped up in this course and you are being taught past the basics at this event.  This is a test run for this class and there will be only 1 workshop for this the whole weekend (Held on Sunday.)!*

REQUIREMENTS:  MUST have attended and finished Self-Defense for Women I

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Sword and Shield Workshop:

The weapon of choice for myth and stories.  Video games and movies.  The main combo of a knight or a noble.  Come see and learn the basics of a weapon style that is so iconic in all things media!  You asked for it back and Fanime has answered! *

Yoga with the Twilight Knights:

Come and have a basic Yoga workout for free!  Our yearly early morning warm ups.*

Paired Daggers Workshop:

One of the most beloved weapon combos yet one of the most misunderstood.  Come and try out this weapon style!  You’ve asked for it for two years and now Fanime brings it to you!!*

Self Defense for Men:

You asked for it and here it is!  A simple basic self defense course for men who may not want to be a martial artist but who wishes to know how to handle themselves in a confrontational situation!  This workshop is just for gentlemen.*

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Krav Maga with the Knights:

The self defense form of Israel brought to you by one of our long time practitioners.  Come and learn the basics of this art form and be prepared to work out!*

Leather and Chainmail Working Panel:

Panel on basic leatherworking one day and how to start making chainmail on another.  What tools do you need to get started?  Basic skills you can start working on.  Simple project ideas that will look great for Cosplay or Armor.  Early arrivals may actually get to make something to take home!  Space is limited so come early!!

Archery Panel:

A discussion on traditional archery, archery concepts, gear and do’s and don’ts.  See and learn about what you will need to start this great weapons style.  Panel ONLY!  No actual live firing will happen at this event!

Boffers Sales and Last Q&A:*

Want to bring something home for practice? Consider boffers as a safe, affordable alternative to buying a bokken or katana.  We will be selling off the weapons used during our workshops at low prices!!

Your last chance to see the staff before the weekend ends!

*Waivers are required and all participants must be at least 10 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 will require a waiver (To be found online.). Dress comfortable, and expect to sweat.  Any unsafe behavior or not following the rules will end your session.