- Artist Alley
- Artist Gallery
- Cosplay Hangout
- Dealer’s Hall
- Donation Station/Idris’ Closet
- Fanimaid Café
- Gaming Hall
- Make A Wish Charity Auction
- Manga Lounge
- Stage Zero
- The Dojo
For any starving artists wanting their art to be viewed and sold, or any art lovers, Artist Alley is the perfect art market. Art is not limited to just pictures on paper, either. Artist Alley is also filled with crafts, clothes, and accessories, all one of a kind and only available at FanimeCon through their creators. Come by to enjoy the company of other artists, stay to browse, buy, and trade art. Every person has a story, and so does every piece of art, therefore anyone is welcome to come by for an autograph from their favorite artists and have the chance to get to know them better. For the buyers and the sellers stop on by Artist Alley to support your fellow artists!
For artists, interested in being apart of our Artist Alley, please see our 2015 Artist Alley Information page.
Committed to showcasing some of the best artists and creatives, Art Gallery is sui generis the moment you step in. From your favorite anime, characters, and genres, to Japanese art and culture, see creativity in new ways never imagined before!
The Cosplay Hangout is our “Press Free” zone where on one side you can repair your cosplay, sit down, cool off, and drink some water from the water station. On the other side of the room we have different cosplay related workshops or discussions going on through out the day with special events like our Cosplayer Crane Ceremony happening in the evening.
Check out this year’s cosplay workshops and events!
For information on vendor registration, please see the Dealer’s Hall registration page.
If you’re looking to bring home some nifties, then look no further. We have over 70 vendors with a wide array of goods and services to sell, including anime, manga, figures and models, cosplay goods, Japanese fashion, accessories, games, music, and more.
Hours of Operation
Friday: 2:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am — 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am — 7:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am — 3:00 pm
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 & White Ball needs!
San Jose Marriott’s San Carlos room
Friday: 3 PM – 8 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7 PM
Monday: 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Okaerinasaimase, Goshujinsama! Welcome to FanimeCon’s very own Fanimaid Cafe with the most amazing themed cafe experience we have to offer! Enjoy delicious food casted with moé charms, play tabletop games with your maid, and watch our spectacular stage performances!
Fanimaid Cafe now features in-cafe performances and cafe-wide stage games as well as the Fanimaid☆LIVE showcase on Stage Zero! Dont miss out on all the exciting new highlights we have this year, including the chekis polaroid giveaway to the first 50 guests of Saturday and Sunday. An exclusive VIP event will be hosted for patrons after cafe hours featuring bonus performances and prize-filled games! Opportunities on how to win tickets will be posted on our Facebook page.
We are located at Club Regent in The Fairmont Hotel.
Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 6:30PM – 7:30PM (VIP Event)
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Come visit us and see what the magic of Fanime’s maid cafe is all about ♥
Like games of all size, shapes, and genre? FanimeCon’s Gaming Hall has everything you will need and perhaps more! Have some time to spend before a panel or special event? Slow during the late-night hours? Have extra change from the Dealer’s Hall? Rent a game in Tabletop or eGaming, or play some quarters away in Arcade. We are a 24-hour room, so we open on Thursday evening and close on Monday afternoon with non-stop gaming action all convention! Updates to the Gaming Hall can be found on our Facebook and Twitter.
Make A Wish
FanimeCon is proud to announce that for the second year running our Charity Auction 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 pm Stage Zero), our Putt Putt Golf Challenge (located in the Dealers Hall) 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.
Come visit FanimeCon’s ever growing Manga Lounge! We provide a quiet place to kick back, relax, and read manga between panels and events in your busy schedule. Thanks to your donations over the years, the Manga Lounge is able to offer numerous titles in English, Japanese, Chinese, and other languages. If you find the comfortable atmosphere we provide to your liking, please consider donating that old manga that’s been collecting dust on your shelf for others to enjoy as well.
In the vast desert that are the clogged hallways between artists, dealers and games, where does one turn for comfort, relief, and entertainment? Stage Zero, of course!
We thank everyone who have already contacted us in regards to having performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2015. Below is all the information you need to know and need to send to us at Stage Zero to apply for one of our performance times.
Requesting Time on Stage Zero
To request time on Stage Zero, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is March 31, 2015. Industry requests are not being accepted at this time.
Style of Event
Musical Performance “Original Tracks”
Musical Performance “Non-Original Tracks”
Combination of any or all Styles listed
Event Description – This is the text that will go on the website. Descriptions must be 300 characters or less, included white spaces.
Event Overview – Explain to Stage Zero Staff on what you want to do on stage & how you plan to do it.
Song/Video Selection – Please list the songs or videos you are planning to perform to. Stage Zero wants to have a variety of music to showcase.
References – If you have video references to your performance/event, please list them here, to help us have an idea of what you would like to do on Stage Zero.
Tech Requirements – Stage Zero will not accommodate your personal equipment. If you have audio or video that is part of your performance please make note of the following rules:
Microphones needed (up to 4 wireless microphones are available).
Audio Playback (Yes or No). If yes, please provide all audio on a USB Flash Drive, 15 minutes prior to your event. 320kbps Constant Bit Rate Stereo Quality .mp3.
Video Playback (Yes or No). If Yes, please provide all video on a USB Flash Drive, 15 minutes prior to your event. Must be .mp4 or .mov container, with the h264 codec. Stage Zero has a High Definition screen, thus High Definition is preferred, either 720p or 1080p. Standard Definition will be accepted but no sizes below 720×480.
Scheduling Preferences* – All scheduled events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be in 15 minute time slots. Monday time slots will be for 30 allotted minutes. Schedule and allotted times are subject to change. Current Times available are as follows:
Friday: 4pm, 5pm
Saturday: 10am, 12pm (noon), 3pm, 5pm
Sunday: 10am, 12pm (noon), 5pm
Monday: 10am, 11am, 12pm (noon), 1pm
*For preferred time slots, please list your first, second, and third choices.
Please note the size of our stage, and it is surrounded by guard rails on the sides and rear. The floor is sectioned and cannot take too many people or take too much stress. It would be suggested to refer to videos of performances on Stage Zero from previous years of FanimeCon (specifically 2014). Please set your performances to cater to the safety of your performers, the Stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2015 who are watching.
Thank you and best of luck!
FanimeCon presents: The Dojo. This is where you can see the art and the science of martial arts, talk about your interest in weapons (What? You thought you were the only one?), join workshops to learn a new martial art, or just come to panels to talk about the history and theory of combat. We offer a special “ladies only” self defense class, and we even go into making armor, the concepts of battle vs dueling, and the differences in metals used for blades. All questions answered and myths examined. Come join us to learn about weapons and their usage, the differences between martial art styles, and have a great time with like-minded people!