Exhibits


Artist Alley

Beyond being just entertainment, anime and manga stirs many to follow their inspiration. From illustrated prints to doujinshi to costume accessories, you’ll find the brilliant work of hundreds of artists from here and from around the world! Head over to the Grand Ballroom of the San Jose Convention Center during the following hours  to engage with creative minds.

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

FanimeCon Creative Team

Curious about the art that appears on the website, badges, or in the program guide that you’re holding right now? Wondering who all these cool characters are? Visit the official FanimeCon illustration and design team in the Artist Alley. We’d love to hear from you!


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.

We will be doing virtual queue lines to keep everyone safe at the repair station, and so they can have the full attention of our resident cosplay experts. Check in at the room for more details.


Dealer’s Hall

Our dealers have a little bit of everything for everyone from every fandom! From your favorite manga and anime to the latest figures and toys! Fashion companies! Gunpla! Cosplay wigs! Swords! So much more!

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For information about being a Dealer for FanimeCon 2023, please view the FAQ and email dealers@fanime.com


Fanimaid Café

Okaerinasaimase, Goshujinsama! Welcome to FanimeCon’s very own Fanimaid Cafe with the most amazing themed dining experience we have to offer! Join us at the best maid cafe on the west coast ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰!! Enjoy delicious food enchanted with moé charms, play tabletop games with your maid, and watch our spectacular stage performances!

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

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


Gaming Hall

Welcome to the information page for the Gaming Hall at FanimeCon 2023!

For event and tournament information for this year, please check out the Arcade, eGaming and Tabletop pages for the latest listings, schedules, and details!

For information about the “Gaming Stage”, please check the Gaming Stage page for the stage schedule and broadcast information.

Follow us on social media – Facebook FanimeCon Gaming and Twitter @FanimeConGaming for the latest Gaming announcements!


Idris’ Closet/Donation Station

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!


J-Fashion

J-Fashion describes the alternative fashion subculture movement popularized in Harajuku in the 1990s. Nowadays, it is a worldwide phenomenon enjoyed by kawaii enthusiasts everywhere. Join us in the Hyatt Place for all things J-Fashion, including special panels and events, two designer fashion shows, the Community Fashion Walk, and the Trunk Show shopping event!


Make-A-Wish®

FanimeCon is proud to announce that we will be working with our long-time charity partner Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area again this year!  Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area has been a part of FanimeCon since 2013 and will be supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction, and our Putt Putt Golf Challenge (located in the Dealer’s Hall). 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 continued 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 Marriott’s San Carlos Room! Come read manga you’ve been thinking about buying before you buy them! We have English, Japanese, and even Chinese titles, just waiting to be read. This is a place to relax and read a good book, so if you want a quiet place to wait for your next panel and chat with cool FanimeCon staff, we’ll be here.

Don’t forget to check out our Exchange Section! Swap the undamaged manga you’re done with for one of our duplicates in the Give-a-Manga, Take-a-Manga shelf!


Panels

Have a topic to discuss with other anime fans? Want to show your love for your favorite anime? Create a panel! See the Panels page for more details.


Silver Island (18+)

A mature destination.

Welcome to Silver Island, a mature destination — a place where you can enjoy all the exclusive adult programming and shopping you might desire.

You must have a valid, unexpired government issued photo ID in order to be admitted to any of the programming or shopping at Silver Island.

Check back closer to con for updates!


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 Concourse for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs, performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan out which panel to attend. Have a seat, watch the wackiness, or participate in games for prizes while you wait for friends to come back from the bathroom.

Stage Zero will be your information nerve center to the rest of the convention by way of its 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!

Stage Zero will be returning for FanimeCon 2023, and we hope that you’ll come and join us.

Looking to sign up for the next Stage Zero? Find more information on the Stage Zero page!

Stage Zero Listing


Video Programming

FanimeCon has anime, movies, live-action, and other video programming to entertain you throughout the weekend!

Please check closer to con for updates!   

Video Programming