FanimeCon 2022 will take place in person at the San Jose Convention Center on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2022!

By: Ernesto Altamirano

Get ready because FanimeCon 2022 will make its much anticipated live return to the San Jose Convention Center on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2022!

FanimeCon, Northern California’s largest anime convention, is proud to be “By Fans, For Fans”. Packed with nonstop video programming, extraordinary costumes, music, games, tournaments, panels, and renowned international guests, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends.


Dealer’s Hall

Located in Exhibit Halls 1 and 2

Event Hours:
Friday              2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday         10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday           10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday          10:00 am – 3:00 pm

It’s been a tough three years since we’ve all convened; some Dealers have retired and moved on, most have survived (but are still struggling), and some are new faces that we’re excited to join our party! So be sure to scope out our existing Virtual Dealer’s Room to see who’s coming and start building that otaku wish list!

Feeling HANGRY!?
We’ve got just the thing to cure your hanger! Check out what we’ve got to offer in our delicious FOOD COURT area. Please remember to keep those masks on until you’re ready to shovel all that mouth-watering goodness down your mouth!

Feeling generous?
Also swing by our Charity Auction booth to see what SUPER cool stuff is available to bid on.

Want to join the fun?
For information about being a Dealer for FanimeCon 2023, please view the FAQ and email

Fanimaid Café

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

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

Welcome to the information page for the Gaming Hall at FanimeCon 2022!

For 2022, the Gaming Hall is not operating in 24-hour mode. Please refer to the eGaming page for hours of operation.

For event and tournament information for this year, please check out the ArcadeeGaming and Tabletop pages for the latest listings, schedules, and details!

For information about the “Gaming Stage”, please check the Gaming Stage page for the stage schedule and broadcast information.

Indie Games will not be making an appearance for 2022, but you can still view the virtual 2021 showcase!

Follow us on social media – Facebook FanimeCon Gaming and Twitter @FanimeConGaming for the latest Gaming announcements!

Idris’ Closet/Donation Station

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 & White Ball needs!

Idris’ Closet’s Disneyland ticket giveaway is back again this year! Stop by Idris’ Closet for details and have your attendee badge ready to enter the giveaway! No purchases or donations are necessary to enter the giveaway. Additional ticket opportunities offered daily! Donations and purchases will not improve your chances of winning.


Make-a-Wish Logo

FanimeCon is proud to announce that our long-time charity partner Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area will be returning again this year!  Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area has been a part of FanimeCon since 2013 and is supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction, our Live Auction, our Putt Putt Golf Challenge, Yo-Yo Tsuri (Yo-Yo Fishing) game, and Kingyo Sukui (Fish Scooping) game! You can also help donate to the group by purchasing clothes and jewelry at Idris’ Closet, where all proceeds go directly to helping out Make-a-Wish®. 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!

Silent Auction: San Jose Convention Center – Hall 1 & 2
Bidding is available during these times:
Friday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please check at the Charity booth to see if you have won a bid on Sunday at 1:00 pm. If you’ve won a bid, please pay for and pick up your item(s) after Sunday 1:00 pm.

Manga Lounge

Manga Lounge will not be making an appearance at the 2021 Virtual FanimeCon.  Please check in 2022 for future updates to our past events, which you can see below. Hope to see you next year!

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. Come on, stop by, say hi, and read some manga!

Manga is grouped by genre to help enhance your reading experience. 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.

Up to three books may be checked out at a time. Valid photo ID is required for the 18+ area. Whether you want to reread an old favorite or explore something new, We’ve got the manga for you!


Have a topic to discuss with other anime fans? Want to show your love for your favorite anime? Create a panel! See the Panels page for more details.

You can view our current list of panels for FanimeCon 2022 here.

Silver Island (18+)

Unfortunately, Silver Island will not be a part of FanimeCon 2022. We are looking forward to returning in 2023, as your destination for Mature Programming at FanimeCon.

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 Concourse for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs, performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan out 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.

Stage Zero will be your information nerve center to the rest of the convention by way of its 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!

Stage Zero will be returning for FanimeCon 2022, and we hope that you’ll come and join us.

Looking to sign up for the next Stage Zero? Find more information on the Stage Zero page!

Stage Zero Listing

Video Programming

Video Programming will not be making an appearance at the 2021 Virtual FanimeCon.  Please check in 2022 for future updates to our past events, which you can see below. Hope to see you next year!

FanimeCon has anime, movies, live-action, and other video programming to entertain you throughout the weekend!

Video Programming


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