Artist Alley

Beyond 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 around the world! Come chat with the creators and find out about all the tremendous effort they put into their craft. You’ll also discover artists who will craft custom commissions or even sign their work for you! Drop by and visit the center of creativity unleashed!

Artist Alley is now accepting applications until October 14, 12:00 pm PDT, or until 1,000 applications are received! See the Artist Alley page for more details.

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

FanimeCon Creative Team

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

The Art Gallery is returning in honor of FanimeCon’s Silver Celebration! Immerse yourself in 26 years of treasured moments with a collection that features art created by fans, memorabilia saved by fans, and photos of fans. Celebrate the legacy and usher in the future by participating in activities suitable for all ages!

If you have any questions about Art Gallery, send an email to artgallery@fanime.com.

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.

Back by popular demand, Cosplay Gatherings Department presents Cosplay Workshops! Cosplay workshops are small demos and classes that teach things that the average to semiprofessional cosplayer may want to know. From how to sew and wig basics, to more advance items like Wig Ventilation and makeup techniques. Check them out in the Cosplay Hangout, and learn more on the Cosplay Workshops page!

Procrastination Party

Back by popular demand, the Procrastination Party is an event in the Cosplay Hangout 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursday night. Come join us and do last minute fixes and builds of your cosplay props! Socialize with others as we prep the room to be complete for the rest of con with all our standard fixing items, from hot glue to sewing, and help for anything in between!

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!

We are pleased to announce that we have a full Dealer’s Hall! With over 100 dealers showcasing this year, we hope that you find a bit of what you are looking for in our Dealer’s Hall. When visiting the Dealer’s Hall, please remember to be respectful of our dealers!

You can view the Dealer’s Hall map and list of dealers here!

For information about being a Dealer for FanimeCon 2021, please email Dealers@fanime.com and view the FAQ.

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

Please check out the Gaming page for information about the 24-hour Gaming Hall, Late Night Game Room, and direct links to the Arcade, eGaming (Console/PC), Gaming Stage, Indie Video Games and Tabletop webpages.

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!

Idris’ Closet’s Disneyland ticket giveaway is back again this year! Stop by Idris’ Closet for details and have your attendee badge ready to enter the giveaway! No purchases or donations are necessary to enter the giveaway. Additional ticket opportunities offered daily! Donations and purchases will not improve your chances of winning.


FanimeCon is proud to announce that our long-time charity partner Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area will be returning again this year!  Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area has been a part of FanimeCon since 2013 and is supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction, our Live Auction, our Putt Putt Golf Challenge, Yo-Yo Tsuri (Yo-Yo Fishing) game, and Kingyo Sukui (Fish Scooping) game! You can also help donate to the group by purchasing clothes and jewelry at Idris’ Closet, where all proceeds go directly to helping out Make-a-Wish®. 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!

Silent Auction: San Jose Convention Center – Hall 1 & 2
Bidding is available during these times:
Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please check at the Charity booth to see if you have won a bid on Sunday at 1:00 pm. If you’ve won a bid, please pay for and pick up your item(s) after Sunday 1:00 pm.

Manga Lounge

The Manga Lounge is a great place to sit, kick back, and relax after walking through the Dealer’s Hall or while waiting for a panel. Come on, stop by, say hi, and read some manga!

Manga is grouped by genre to help enhance your reading experience. If you feel like discovering a new action/adventure, horror, or other manga genres, you will be able to browse whatever might interest you. You will also see a small but growing children’s section in the lounge, as well as the return of the Exchange Area. The Exchange Area will allow you to trade your old manga for one of the duplicates from our own library. It’s the perfect way to downsize or make room on your bookshelves. Feel free to bring your manga by to exchange or donate, or contact us for more information.

Up to three books may be checked out at a time. Valid photo ID is required for the 18+ area. Whether you want to reread an old favorite or explore something new, We’ve got the manga for you!


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+)

As part of our 26th Silver Anniversary, we’d like to announce something new and exciting launching at our DoubleTree location! Introducing Silver Island, a mature destination — a place where you can enjoy all the exclusive adult programming and shopping you might desire.

To visit, step aboard the shuttle service that will be provided 24 hours a day to the DoubleTree Hotel with an increase in frequency during Silver Island’s operating hours of 8:00 pm to 2:00 am, Friday through Sunday.

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.

To learn more, please visit our Silver Island page!

Location and Hours

Friday 8:00 pm – Saturday 2:00 am
Saturday 8:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 am
Sunday 8:00 pm – Monday 2:00 am

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 San Jose Convention Center Concourse for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs, performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan on 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!

Looking to sign up for Stage Zero 2020? 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!

Video Programming