Southwest Cons 2020

Dirtdives

Keeper of Con Lists
Community Staff
Southwest Regiment Covering: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas



JANUARY:

Name: SacAnime
Date: Jan 3-5
Location: Sacramento, CA
Events: Cosplay, K&J POP Battles, Music, Cafe Hoshi, AMV & Art Contests, Panels, Workshops, Table Top & Video Gaming, Karaoke, Exhibits.


Name: Taiyou Con
Date: Jan 3-5
Location: Mesa, AZ
Events:
Taiyou Con wants to provide an enjoyable time and inclusive environment for people that are passionate about their hobbies.
We’re hard at work to make your dreams of meeting your favorite voice actor, artist, or cosplay extraordinaire come to life. We also create the most engaging programming schedule to keep you entertained. From cosplay to gaming to anime and everything in between – we have something for everyone!
Taking over the entire Mesa Convention Center and Delta by Marriott hotel, Taiyou Con is an intense 3 day anime convention that celebrates anime, cosplay, video games, and other aspects of Japanese culture with guests, shopping, and over 400 hours of interactive activities.


Name: Albuquerque Comic Con
Date: Jan 17-19
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Events: Special Opening for Kids w/ Autism, Guests, Vendors, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Film Festival, Karaoke, Panels, Photo OPs, Foosball Shootout Tournament, Sci-Fi Speed Dating, After Hours Events


Name: PAX South
Date: Jan 17-19
Location: San Antonio, TX
Events: Exhibits, Panels, Omegathon, Performers, Tournaments, Cosplay, Latin Lounge, Pax Together, Pin Trading, AFK Room, Diversity Lounge, Pax XP, Pax Arena, Tabletop and PC Gaming, VR Freeplay.


Name: Anime North Texas
Date: Jan 31- Feb 2
Location: Arlington, TX
Events: Give-a-Ways, Cosplay, Maid Cafe, Gaming, Panels, Guests


FEBRUARY:

Name: UshiCon
Date: Feb 7-9
Location: Pflugerville, TX
Events: Anime Pub Trivia, Panels, Table Top & Video Gaming, Video Theaters, Maid Cafe, Karaoke Party, Game Shows, Workshops, Puzzle Building – Thursday night only! Sentai Primer, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Swap Meet
Although we’ve been operating as an age restricted convention for the past four years, we still frequently get asked “Why are you an 18 & older convention? It sounds like a hentai convention.” The simple answer is this: we’re recreating the atmosphere of an old-school anime convention when convention attendees were mostly made up of college students.

It’s not a secret that when Ushicon went on hiatus in 2006, we couldn’t reconcile our core values of respecting content creators with the attitudes from the growing attendee population of younger generations. It’s fantastic that anime is getting more popular by the day, but the all-ages show at Ushicon 5 simply wasn’t the convention we set out to make back in 2002. When we returned in 2011, we implemented our 18 & older policy to promote specific values in our celebration of anime: maturity and respect.


Name: Geeks of Color EXPO
Date: Feb 14-16
Location: Austin, TX
Events: Geeks of Color Expo, or GCX, is Austin's newest event which highlights other aspects of geek culture outside of anime and manga. This includes music, gaming, art, fashion, and more! We are a bridge whom unites the people of Austin and Central Texas by providing a unique experience with emphasis on education, entertainment, and unity through various fandoms.
We are inclusive, yet not exclusive! Join us for three days of fun, freedom, and celebration of creative prowess in geek culture!


Name: North Texas Comic Book Show
Date: Feb 15-16
Location: Dallas, TX
Events: Dealers, Guests, Comic Artists, Comic Books and Collectibles, Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Live Trivia Contest Hosted by Bruce Campbell


Name: Not Con at Sea
Date: Feb 17-21
Location: Galveston, TX
Events: In conjunction with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, NotCon at Sea is setting sail on an exciting four night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Attendees joining us for the voyage will be treated to a singular fan experience, including exclusive events, quality time with some of their favorite guests, and, of course, all the fun to be had on a cruise.
Taking place February 17-21, 2020, NotCon at Sea is the perfect way to take advantage of the long Presidents’ Day weekend and have an adventure worth writing home about. Included in your NotCon at Sea fare is housing, 24 hour dining, and dozens of included amenities and activities, as well as an up close and personal experience while you vacation with some of your favorite convention guests.

The NotCon at Sea crew is excited to create this one of a kind experience for fans and hopes you’ll be joining us on our latest voyage.


MARCH:


Name: Fandom Legacy
Date: March 6-8
Location:
Fandom Legacy Con is a three-day multi-fandom event focused on attendee engagement, immersion, and building a community. Our focus is on you! This convention is about the fandoms that bring us together and their legacy's impact on generations to come. Every event will have some form of audience participation.
We are partnering with local and national groups to offer the best available roleplaying, gaming, crafting, collecting, learning, and competitive entertainment possible. Our dealer's room and artist alley will be carefully curated to give you a wide variety of diverse, quality merchandise to choose from. The goal is that there is always something for everyone to do at the con, but the fun doesn't start or end there. One of our goals is to make Fandom Legacy Convention a year-round way to compete, interact, make friends, and stay up to date on all your fandoms.


Name: All-Con
Date: March 12-15
Location: Addison, TX
Events: Guests, Vendors, Exhibitors, Artists Alley, Panels, Arts + Crafts Room and Art Show, Assorted Games and Contests, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Ms. Star Wars Contest, PJ Jammie Jam, Texas Hold'em Tournament, Steam Punk, Super Hero Sunday, Starship Bridge Simulator, Hogwarts Common Room.


Name: Fan EXPO Dallas
Date: March 27-29
Location: Dallas, TX
Events: Guests, Photo OPs, Autographs, Q&A, Panels, Artists Alley, Small Press/Indy Pavilion, Workshops, Seminars, Kids Lounge, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Exhibitors, Anime, Sci-Fi, Horror, Gaming, Comic Books and Collectibles.


APRIL:


Name: Sabaku Con
Date: April 3-5
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Events: Panels, Guests, Raves, Anime, Manga, Gaming, Cafe, Performances, Exhibits, Artists, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests.


Name: Mizuumi-Con
Date: April 4
Location: San Antonio, TX
Events:Anime, Japanese Culture, Gaming, Panels, Cosplay, Vendors, Artists


Name: El Paso Comic Con
Date: April 17-19
Location: El Paso, TX
Events: Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Artists Alley, Crafting, Panels, Q&A, Vendors, Exhibitors, Seminars, Workshops, Gaming, After Hours Events.


Name: South Texas Comic Con
Date: April 24-26
Location: Mcallen, TX
Events: Celebrities, Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Gaming, Kids Zone, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Exhibitors, Vendors, Panels, Speakers.



May:

Name: Mini-Mini Con
Date: May 2
Location: San Antonio, TX
Events: Mini-Mini Con 2020 returns for its 7th year. It has become the largest FREE anime convention in Texas. We are an Anime and Gamers event hosted by San Japan and Nine-Tails at Wonderland of the Americas Mall. Experience a variety of activities: artists and dealers, karaoke, cosplay, guests, fan panels, gaming of all kinds, and music events.


Name: Yellow City Comic Con
Date: May 8-10
Location: Amarillo, TX
Events: Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Artists, Media, Pod Casting, Gaming, Fund Raising for the Children's Miracle Network.


Name: Anime Frontier
Date: May 8-10
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Events: Set in Fort Worth, TX, a city that blends cosmopolitan energy and cowboy culture, Anime Frontier brings together the best of the US and Japan for a showcase of what's next in Japanese entertainment. Featuring some of the biggest guests in anime and manga and leading publishers in their first appearance in Texas, Anime Frontier is three days of exciting exhibits, exclusive premieres, and show-stopping special events. Join us as Japan takes over the Fort Worth Convention Center with a convention unlike any other in Texas!


Name: Comicpalooza
Date: May 22-24
Location: Huston, TX
Events: Panels, Tabletop and Video Gaming, Film Festival, Sports Events, Comic Books and Collectibles, Anime, Charity Events, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Live Concerts, Pod Casting, Guest, Autographs, Photo OPs.


Name: Shoudaku Con
Date: May 23-25
Location: Dallas, TX
Events: Anime, gaming, cosplay, J-Fashion, and positive community influence.


JUNE:


Name: DreamCon
Date: June 5-7
Location: Waco, TX
Events: Dream Con is an anime and gaming convention that started as a dream but was brought to fruition by social media influencers, RDC World1. RDC World1 dreamed of bringing together like-minded individuals to enjoy and celebrate multiple interests including pop culture, comics, art, cosplay, music and much more. Having Dream Con take place in their hometown, Waco, TX, made it all the more meaningful for them.
Dream Con provides endless entertainment for you all weekend long, with a traditional artist alley, engaging panels, memorable meet & greets, and invigorating concerts. Dream Con also has staple events such as: Wrestling, Dodgeball, Blaster Battle, and Indoor Basketball.
At Dream Con, it doesn't matter if you are a novice or an avid fan, this is a place where you will be accepted as you are! With guests ranging from notable voice actors to popular content creators, you never know who you might Naruto run into.


JULY:


Name: PokeFest SA
Date: July 17-18
Location: San Antonio, TX
Events: We pride ourselves in bringing together the most memorable anime convention experience by inviting guests to enjoy our exclusive industry guests from your favorite 90s anime TV shows and movies! Enjoy console gaming on Nintendo Switch, PS4, plus LIVE tournaments and learning workshops like cosplay 101. Since 2016 we've worked to offer the best experience for our attendees, guests, and staff. We are proud to always have our attendees and safety in mind to ensure we have the best J-style anime convention experience possible.



AUGUST:


Name: Animania Wichita Falls
Date: Aug 22
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Events: Animania is located in Wichita Falls, TX and was started in 2017. Animania takes place each year at the MPEC Convention Center and looked forward to each and every year since it's beginning.
Animania was the first Anime, Gaming, Comic, Art, and Cosplay Convention in Wichita Falls and boy was it needed! The support of the community has been amazing with thousands of attendees attending each year.
We have all the convention staples plus more including; Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Artists, Panels, Video Gaming, Board Gaming, Photo Opportunities, Family Fun Activities and much more.


SEPTEMBER:


Name: San Japan
Date: Sept 4-6
Location: San Antonio, TX
Events: Contests, Artists Alley, Gaming, Guests, Cosplay, Panels, Charity Events, Fandom Groups, Meet Ups, Photo Shoots


Name:
Anime Sekai
Date: Sept 18-20
Location: Abilene, TX
Events:
Anime Sekai is an Anime, Cosplay, Gaming, Comic, Convention. Full of cosplay, anime, special guest appearances, artists, vendors, table top games, video games, card games, exciting panels, contests, events and collectibles, giveaways; you name it, we've got it! Taking place at the Abilene Convention Center on September 18-20, 2020 in Abilene TX. Over 1,000 in attendance! Ages 13 & under are free!
Anime Sekai started in 2018 bringing a brand NEW experience to Abilene, Texas! Here at Anime Sekai you can immerse yourself in our game room experiencing retro style gaming to the latest gaming system tournaments. Or get lost in our massive dealers room where you can find just about anything!



GENRE SPECIFIC CONS:


Name: Kameha Con
Date: April 30 - Feb 3
Location: Irving, TX
Genre: Kameha Con is a Dragonball universe Fan Convention celebrating everything Dragonball!
Events: Exhibits, Guests, Cosplay, Gaming Tournaments, Panels, Autograph & Photo OPs, Vendors, Workshops, Meet-ups
 
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