(Ages 13 and Up)
Note: Children under the age of 6 are allowed in free.
Wondering what there is to do at A-Kon? Here are just a few of the things we have planned for 2019!
A-KON AFTER HOURS
Are you a night owl looking to maximize your A-Kon experience? We’ve got you. We’re taking over choice spots in downtown Dallas so that you have your pick of several options from late night clubbing, dances, table top gaming, video and live programming and more. So if you’re looking for something do to from 11pm to 4am+, check back here for more details as we get closer to the event!
Along with late night programming we’ll be providing information, details, options and tips on where you can go and the best way to do it. Your safety is one of our top priorities, so some late night activities may have age restrictions, transit restrictions or other limitations to consider when you are planning your schedule. We’ll be sure to post that information here, online and in our new mailing list as it becomes available.
The art show features artwork from artists both in our local community.and throughout the world. Whether it’s fan art of characters we know and love from our favorite anime and games or art pieces featuring original characters, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy!
For for information click here.
Looking to get that guest autograph or have that special something you’ve bought signed? That’s what our autograph sessions are for. All official autograph sessions usually guarantee one free autograph to each attendee. After that, it’s up to the individual guest to decide what they want to do.
We’re currently improving out autograph system from last year and making the necessary adjustments for the new venue! Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Shop wares from over 200 talented independent artists gathered together in one large market. It’s a wall to wall explosion of color, sound and art. You won’t want to miss out.
For for information click here.
CHARITY BANQUET WITH THE STARS
Want a little extra time with that guest you’ve always wanted to talk to, in a more comfortable setting? The Charity Banquet with the Stars is the event that you’re looking for! Join us on the Sunday of A-Kon for delicious food, fun, giveaways, games, guests and more!
The Charity Banquet with the Stars is a paid event and available for purchase as an add-on to your A-Kon registration. Click here for more information.
THE COLD READ
What do you get when you throw voice actors into a room with only their improvisation skills and a script they’ve never seen before? Welcome to the Cold Read! Wrap up your last day at A-Kon by checking out one of our most popular events. The Cold Read has long been a fan favorite event, where the only thing you can expect is that it’s going to be fun!
This year’s cold read will be on the Sunday of A-Kon, will be hosted by Take One Productions and will feature some of our celebrity guests.
Are you a J-POP fan? If so, come get your music live and in person! Join us on Friday night for a live concert event featuring exclusive bands imported straight from Japan. If you like live music, it’s something you won’t want to miss!
Merch and autographs will be available from each band immediately following their performance! Stay tuned to find out who’s coming this year!
COSPLAY CONTEST – MAIN
This is our flagship cosplay contest and is for those that wish to compete on the main stage. This competition is open all skill levels and accounts for performance, showmanship and stage presence. This contest has pre-qualification rules, a limited number of open spots and includes segments for both walk-ons and skits. If you’re looking to compete on the big stage, this is the competition for you.
Click here for more information.
COSPLAY CONTEST – HALL
This is our craftsmanship only contest and is for cosplayers and costumers who want to compete solely on their craftsmanship. This competition is open to all skill levels, requires less of a time commitment than the main contest, and has no stage requirements. This contest has no pre-qualification rules to participate and is open to as many competitors as can be judged in the time allotted. Because this contest is not a stage contest, there are no walk-on requirements or skits allowed. If you’re looking to see how you measure up, but want a stage free, casual experience with more time to enjoy the event, this is your contest!
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Dance the night away while our guest DJs drop beats and mix tracks from your favorite genres ranging from J-pop to House.
Dates, times and locations coming in April!
Shop from over 250 dealers and exhibitors who specialize in anime, comic, cosplay and other fan related goods. With a universe of import goods available from a large variety of dealers, you might just find that one hard to get item you’ve been looking for.
Dealer’s hours and information will be posted as we get closer to the event!
GAMING – ELECTRONIC
A-Kon gaming is back again in 2019 with over 94,000 square feet of gaming space where you can game to your heart’s content! Choose from PC, XBOX ONE, PS4 games, bring your portable consoles and kick back in our gaming lounge, hang out in our arcade, or get competitive and join one of our many tournaments for cash and prizes.
We’re currently finalizing plans for our electronic gaming and arena for 2019, so check back here for more information later!
GAMING – TABLETOP
Unplug and game like an OG! Join us for paint and takes, tabletop role-playing games and collectible card games. Whether you’re a first time gamer who wants to try your hand at an entry level adventure or an experienced DM looking to lead your own adventurers on a high level rampage we have tables for you! Prefer Magic, check we’ve got that too. Tournaments and League Play – yep! Drop by and check us out. Access is included with your A-kon badge.
We have some great plans for this year and will be posting more throughout the month of March. Stay tuned for more details!
J-FASHION RUNWAY SHOW
Featuring both Japanese and US-based brands, come see the latest in Lolita and Harajuku fashion. Discover a variety of looks and connect with designers from some of your favorite brands without ever needing to leave the event!
This years brands will be announced soon, so keep your eye out for more announcements and the model sign up form. Access to the this even is included with your A-Kon badge.
LOLITA TEA PARTY – “A Story to Tale”
Every con has a story to tell, every attendee has a tale to share. Join the Fashion team, and our esteemed Fashion guests, for a celebration of the stories that bring us together. The Lolita Tea Party is a ticketed, formal event where fashion enthusiasts can meet and mingle with Fashion designers and other special guests. With a tea party ticket, each attendee gains access to the tea party venue, an array of foods and drinks, and a special gift from the Fashion team.
For more info on how to buy tickets and event rules click here.
The Masquerade Ball is an elegant formal event where you can dress up, dance, and kick off the weekend with style!
Check our our dress code rules and more information here.
We’re bringing you over 800 hours of panels, performances, interactive workshops, games, videos, classes, Q&As and more this year! The program schedule usually releases about 30 days before the event with plenty of time for you to plan your weekend. This year we’ll be featuring both indoor and outdoor programming with more options than we’ve ever had before. Bring your friends and join us at Fair Park. There will be more to do than you’ll have time for.
Are you a panelist or group interested in running a panel at A-kon? Open signups for panelists open on March 4th, 2019!
PHOTO SHOOTS & MEET UPS
Looking to make new friends, connect with old ones, or just be part of an inclusive group that shares similar interests. We have tons of space set aside for unofficial meetups where you can do just that! Take photos, socialize or group up with other cosplayers. Getting social is what we’re all about!