Holding on to the title of the longest running anime convention in the United States, A-Kon is back again for it’s 27th year of anime, panels, parties, and more.
Join A-Kon and over 20,000 anticipated guests at the Hilton Anatole in Downtown Dallas. Parking can be a bit tricky as main parking at the Anatole fills up rather quickly. There are many spots close to the Anatole that may look tempting to park in, but beware towing is HEAVILY enforced during the weekend.
WHEN: June 3-5
WHERE: Hilton Anatole, Downtown Dallas
HOW MUCH: Adult weekend = $70, One Day = $50 Fri/Sat $40 Sun.
Whether you have pre-registered for a badge or are buying on-site, it’s advised to get in line as early as you can. Lines have been hours long in the past and you don’t want to miss any of your convention time. If you’re cosplaying it’s advised to pick up your badge before you get in costume since you may be standing for an extended period of time.
A-Kon draws such a large crowd because the convention consistently delivers optimal entertainment to its guests. From J-Pop celebrities to a massive artist alley/dealers room collaboration, there is always something new to see.
This year, Sentai Filmworks is doing something extra special for A-Kon attendees. OPEN CASTING CALL – Sunday, June 5th at their exhibitor booth. “Aspiring voice actors and actresses, Sentai wants to notice you! This year, we’ll be holding an open casting call to audition new voices at A-KON in Dallas. Be one of the first 200 entrants to visit the Sentai Filmworks booth between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM for a chance to join our pool of vocal talent. If you’ve got what it takes to bring your favorite anime characters to life, stop by our booth to sign up and grab your audition lines.”
Although A-Kon is namely an anime convention, gaming is a large feature too. A Console Gaming Room full of nostalgic game titles is sure to feed any gamers appetite.
One of the highlights of A-Kon is a large dance party they host Saturday night. If you like rave-like atmospheres, this dance party is right up your alley. In the past they’ve had talented DJ’s who incorporate nerdy touches into their music like Pokemon themes, Zelda’s main theme and more.
While finding restaurants in walking distance of the Anatole isn’t that easy, A-Kon has accommodated to have multiple food trucks available around the clock to satisfy hungry guests. There are 20 food trucks on the list to be rotating throughout four areas of the convention. From pizza, BBQ, tacos, and boba, there’s something for everyone.
Come out to A-Kon 27 this weekend and have some fun with the nerdiest and most fun people around, it’s tradition!
Also, per tradition, here is my A-Kon photo bingo chart! Save it on your phone and try to get a bingo! Send it to me after the weekend with the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org!