Artist Alley

Come to Artist Alley to find illustrations, crafts, clothing, buttons, and so much more made by fans like yourselves! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Commission 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!

The Artist Alley map and list of artists are available here.

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 inform everyone that the Art Gallery will be unavailable and will not take place during FanimeCon 2017. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those that have participated in the gallery in the past and for those that have expressed interest for this year. We hope to see the Gallery back in 2018!

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.

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.

You can see the Dealer’s Hall map and list of vendors here.

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.

Hours are:

Room: Marriott Willow Glen 2:3
Friday: 3:00 pm ‐ 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am ‐ 7:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 pm ‐ 7:00 pm

Fanimaid Café

Latest Info: Fanimaid Cafe Scavenger Hunt – Win prizes!

Okaerinasaimase, Goshujinsama! Welcome to FanimeCon’s very own Fanimaid Cafe with the most amazing themed dining experience we have to offer! Join us for our 10th anniversary 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!

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
Saturday 6:30PM – 7:30PM (VIP Event)
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 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), and Tabletop webpages.


FanimeCon is proud to announce that, for the fourth 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 pm 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

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. The lounge will be located in the Fairmont Hotel again this year from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. Come on, stop by, say hi, and read some manga!

Manga Lounge returns with a few new changes that will help enhance your reading experience. This year, manga will be grouped by genre. 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.

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, 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. 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!

We thank everyone who has already contacted us in regards to having performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2017.

Want to know what events are happening this year at Stage Zero? Have a look at the Stage Zero listing!

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. Ask us about our workshops and panels so you can plan which ones to attend. We are located on the first floor of the Hilton Hotel in the Almaden Ballroom.

See our list of workshops for FanimeCon 2017!