California Anime Expos

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Anime Expos in California

There are dozens of animation festivals in California, reflecting the demographic -- approx. 60% of the Japanese American population lives California (34%) and Hawaii (26%). The majority of featured studios and presenters at the L.A. festival are from Japan where the animation industry consists of more than 400 production companies and the DVD market for anime products and content contributes nearly 70% of sales. Interest in anime continues to climb in California where more than 15 anime festivals and expos are hosted annually. Attendees often create their own costumes, spending up to 100 hours on a single outfit. Cities where you may find anime festivals include Sacramento, San Diego, Anaheim, Pasadena, Ontario, Burlingame and Lancaster.

SACRAMENTO: SacAnime January 4-6, 2019 and June 7-9, 2019
Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA
$21-up, sacanime.com
SacAnime is the show where Fans Come to Play in a fun, safe, family friendly environment, with top shelf entertainment at a reasonable price. Highlights: Cosplay & Fashion | Masquerade | Cosplay Gatherings | Hall Cosplay | KPOP Battles | JPOP Battles | Music | Cafe Hoshi | AMV Contest | Art Contests | Art Entries | Art Winners | Panels and Workshops | CCG Tournaments | Table Top | Console Gaming | Karaoke Room | Viewing Room | Artist Alley | Indie Zone | Swap Meet

SAN DIEGO: Cos-Losseum January 5, 2019
San Diego, CA
Check website for confirmation: cos-losseumcon.com
Meet cosplayers and celebrities from all genres of fandom. Anime, Movies, Fantasy, Comic books, Sci-Fi, COSPLAY

ONTARIO: Animé Los Angeles January 10-13, 2019
Ontario Convention Center and Doubletree Ontario Airport Hotel
Ontario, CA
$30-75, animelosangeles.org
Guests: Christopher Wehkamp, Kristen McGuire, Chris Tergliafera, Bryan Forrest, Roland Kelts, Victor Frost, Les Claypool III, Mary Claypool, David Matranga, Todd Haberkorn and Ezra Weisz

POMONA: Anime Impulse January 19-20, 2019
Fairplex Exposition Complex
2705 Fairplex Drive
Pomona, CA
$9-25, animeimpulse.com
$13 parking, gate 17 lot
Enter the exciting new project fusing the world of Anime and Video Games. Celebrities, special guests, eSports, panels, cosplay, VIP parties, vendors, artist alleys, food, and kawaii fashion from the runway stage offer casual fans and otakus a place to gather and indulge in fandom.

SAN JOSE: Further Confusion January 17-21, 2019
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA
$35-up, furtherconfusion.org
Many attendees create characters of their own, and some even attend in costume as part of the furry community, a group of diverse people brought together by a shared interest in anthropomorphic animals. These are often animal or animal-themed characters in movies, cartoons, books, or comics.

SAN FRANCISCO: Edwardian Ball January 25-26, 2019
Regency Ballroom
San Francisco, CA
$75-up, edwardianball.com
Unique and riveting stage shows including live music, DJs, circus and theatre, Museum of Wonders, fine art and installations, a meticulously curated Vendor Bazaar, absinthe and a full bar (21+) and hot food served throughout the night.

PETALUMA: Lumacon January 26, 2019
Lucchesi Center
320 N McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
lumacon.net
LumaCon! is a comic convention for youth that celebrates creativity and literacy. Librarians of Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, and Petaluma Regional Library produce the event.

PASADENA:  Pasadena Comic-Con January 27, 2019
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA
pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com

YORBA LINDA: California Comic Convention January 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Yorba Linda Civic Center
4501 Casa Loma Ave.
Yorba Linda CA 92886
$20, calcomiccon.com
With a focus on vintage comics and comic book art dozens of dealers from across the U.S. offer a large selection of items sought-after by collectors and investors. Special guests are Ron Wilson and Mike Vosburg.

BAKERSFIELD:  Bak-Anime February  2 -3, 2019
Kern County Fairgrounds
Bakersfield, CA
bak-anime.com
Bak-Anime is an anime and game convention.

FOSTER CITY: Small Press Comics Expo February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Foster City Library
1000 E Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404
Free, smcl.org
The Small Press Comics Expo supports small press comics by attendees buying work directly from over 35 comics creators selling comics, books, and prints. Special guest Kazu Kibuishi talks about the process of making his bestselling graphic novel series, AMULET.

LOS ANGELES: The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles February 9, 2019
Fonda Theater
Los Angeles, CA
$60-up, edwardianball.com|
Riveting stage shows, live music, DJs, circus and theatre, fine art and installations, the Underground Edwardian Gardens, absinthe and a full bar (21+) and hot food served throughout the night.

CONCORD: East Bay Comic-Con February 10, 2019
Comic Convention with Fantasy
Crowne Plaza Inn
45 John Glenn Drive
Concord, CA
eastbaycomiccon.com
Contra Costa County's Biggest 1 Day Comic Book, Toy and Fantasy Convention features Special Comic Creator Guests and Celebrity Guests such as "The Flash" John Wesley Shipp from the 1990's scuper hit. Comic Superstars include Art Adams, Liam Sharp, Joye Chin and Darick Robertson. Cool collectables to buy and lots of Far Out Costumes walking around offer an amazing day of fun for all the family. Also Free Parking across the street.

LA JOLLA: Animefest February 10, 2019
University of California San Diego, Price Center
3100 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA
animefest.ucsd.moe
Artist Alley, panels, main stage, Manga Library, Cosplay Masquerade

LOS ANGELES: Gallifrey One February 15-17, 2019
Science Fiction Convention
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Los Angeles, CA
gallifreyone.com
Gallifrey One is the world's largest and longest-running annual Doctor Who convention. Founded in 1989, this event often sells out months in advance.

LONG BEACH: Long Beach Comic Expo February 16-17, 2019
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
$25-up, longbeachcomicexpo.com
A celebration of comic books and pop culture showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. Exhibitors and vendors booths, entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities make this annual event one to see and the place to be.

FRESNO:  Ani-Me Con March 16-17, 2019
Big Fresno Fairgrounds
Fresno, CA
ani-me.com  | cons

TORRANCE: AniFest March 23, 2019
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
anifest.org
New one-day Anime Festival Convention where you can find all the great things of a convention but with a matsuri twist. 

ANAHEIM: WonderCon Anaheim March 29-31, 2019
Anaheim Convention Center
comic-con.org

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Comic Fest April 7-10, 2019
Four Points by Sheraton
Aero Drive
San Diego, CA
sdcomicfest.org
Friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. Highlights include: panel discussions, guest programs, an artist alley, tabletop gaming, cosplay, steampunk, an exhibitor hall full of your favorite comics, books, toys, and collectibles.

PASADENA: Monsterpalooza April 12-14, 2019
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA
$30-80, monsterpalooza.com
Scifi and horror convention includes monsters, make-up demos, celebrity guests and costumes galore.

ANTIOCH: Asahicon April 13, 2019
Antioch High School
Antioch, CA
asahicon.org

PASADENA: Anime Pasadena Cosplay & Nerd Convention April 20, 2019
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA
$15-up, monsterpalooza.com
 Over 130 Vendors, Special Guests, Cosplay Contests, Fashion Show, Gaming Tournment, Stage Performances, Nerd Karaoke, Live Music, Photo Meet Ups, Anime & Cosplay Panels, Free Photo Rooms, Give Aways, After Party and Maid Cafe

SAN JOSE: Faneme May 24-27, 2019
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA   
$50-up, fanime.com
Highlights include: Exhibits | Artist Alley | Dealer's Hall | Gaming | Arcade Gaming | eGaming | Tabletop Gaming | Maid Cafe | Panels | Fan Events | Stage Zero | Video Programming | Black and White Ball | Cosplay Gatherings | Masquerade | Dance | FMV Contest | Game Show | Karaoke | MusicFest | Speed Dating | Swap Meet

POMONA: Animanga August 2-4, 2019
Fairplex, Hall 4
1101 W McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA
$15-up, animangausa.com
Animanga features cosplay, competitions, gaming, vendors, amusement, panels, performances and more. The convention focuses on Japanese popular culture, primarily anime and manga, as well as gaming and other forms of animation.

SAN JOSE: Crunchyroll Expo August 30-September 1, 2019
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA   
$, crunchyrollexpo.com
Three days of exhibits, screenings, panels, and guest appearances Japanese and American personalities. Celebrate  anime, manga, games and cosplay.

BURLINGAME: BABSCon March 30-April 1, 2018
Hyatt Regency SFO
Burlingame, CA
babscon.com

SAN JOSE: Silicon Valley Comic Con April 6-8, 2018
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA   
svcomiccon.com

RANCHO PALOS VERDES: Universe Multicultural Film Festival April 6-8, 2018
Anime, scifi, and cosplay convention.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
umfilms.org
 

FREMONT: Internexus April 21, 2018
American High School
Fremont, CA
districtnexus.wixsite.com/internexus

WEST SACRAMENTO: Intergalactic Expo May 6, 2018
Scifi, game, and cosplay convention.
West Sacramento, CA
westsacexpo.com

SAN MATEO: BayCon May 24-27, 2019
Scifi convention.
San Mateo Marriott Hotel
San Mateo, CA
baycon.org

MONTEREY: Monterey Comic Con No info 2019
Monterey Conference Center
Monterey, CA
montereycomiccon.com

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO: South City Comic Con September 15, 2019
South San Francisco, CA
southcitycomiccon.com

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Anime Exp0
 July 4-7, 2019
Anime convention.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA
$tba 1 day, $115-up 4 day badge, anime-expo.org

LOS ANGELES: Insanime July 4, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Belasco Theater, 1050 S Hill St. L.A.  $20-$40, animeimpulse.com Anime fans, senpais, kouhais, cosplayers and gamers all around, INSANIME is taking its Halloween thrills to summertime delights with an anime party

ANAHEIM: NostalgiaCon, World's First Epic Reunion of the Icons and Pop Culture Legends of the 1980s, July 4-6, 2019. The pop Americana convention includes high energy concerts, celebrity panels, meet & greets music artists from the 80s through today, collectible cars,  sports legends, pop culture icons, cosplay, retro merch drops, video arcade games and break dance competitions.  Location: Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA. $, nostalgiacon80s.com

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Comic-Con International July 18-21, 2019
Comic convention
San Diego, CA
comic-con.org

PLEASANTON: Powerhouse Comic Con July 21, 2019, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Comic and cosplay convention
Pleasanton, CA
powerhousecomiccon.com

LONG BEACH: Long Beach Comic Con
August 31-September 1, 2019
longbeachcomiccon.com

OAKLAND: Kraken Con September 28-30, 2018
krakencon.com
Anime, cartoons and comics with a heavy emphasis on whimsy, imagination and the creative process. Our goal is to ensure attendees have an enjoyable experience via great panels, cool guests, fun events and awesome merchandise.

SANTA CLARA: Yaoi-Con returns in Fall 2019
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
yaoicon.com

SARATOGA: Campbell Con October 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Ave.
campbellcon.com

LOS ANGELES: INSANIME October 25, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Belasco Theater
1050 S Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$20-40, facebook.com/ events/335527277018844/ Dance the haunted night away under the red moon at a one night spook-tacular event where kawaii goes kowai! From the creators of ANIME Impulse comes INSANIME, daring you to dance till you die with your favorite anime character. Enjoy a night of mischief and dance with wickedly amazing DJs and performances, and participate in frightful yet delightful Cosplay Contest.

BERKELEY: Anime Destiny November 4, 2018
University of California, Berkeley - Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Berkeley, CA
calanimedestiny.com

PASADENA: Pacific Media Expo October 27-28, 2018
Returns in 2018, possibly November
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA
pacificmediaexpo.org

 
bakersfieldcomiccon.com Bakersfield Comic-Con
Nov. 16 & 17, 2019 Bakersfield CA.

mouse-con.com Mouse-Con
Nov. 3, 2019 Concord CA.

southcitycomiccon.com South City Comic Con (NEW LOCATION)
Sept. 16, 2019 San Mateo CA.

ultimatelashow.com LA Ultimate Comic Art & Collectables Show & Torpedo Comics ComicLong Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For more specific information about the show, please use the FAQ button on the website (www.longbeachcomicexpo.com). Long Beach Comic Expo is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC.> July 14th, 2019

creaturescon.com Creatures-Con
Jul. 7th, 2019 San Ramon CA.

sac-con.com Sacramento Comic-Con (Sac-Con)
March 17th, 2019 Sacramento CA.


stocktoncon.com Stockton-Con
Aug. 3 & 4, 2019 Stockton CA.

centralvalleycon.com Central Valley Con
TBA

Past events

NEWARK: Kin-Yoobi Con
Newark Pavilion
Newark, CA

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