A-Kon Map

A-Kon has come to Fort Worth for the second time and it’s even bigger than before.

Last year, A-Kon brought more than 25,000 anime, gaming, Japanese pop culture and cosplay fans to Cowtown for four days of cosplay, gaming and concerts; and this year the convention is expected to have more than 33,000 attendees.

This year’s event will run Thursday, June 7, through Sunday, June 10, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, located at 1201 Houston St., though some events are taking place at nearby hotels including the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel and Omni Fort Worth Hotel, and the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Throughout the convention there will be just under 850 events with 86 on Thursday, 295 on Friday, 360 on Saturday and 106 on Sunday. Of those, 71 events will take place in the new OpTic Arena section of A-Kon.

No matter your interests, with that many events to choose from every attendee is bound to find something they like.

A full schedule of events — with time, date, location and description — is available by downloading the official A-Kon 19 Guidebook at guidebook.com/g/a-kon29.

Thursday’s events begin at 1 p.m. and run through 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Friday’s events officially start at 9 a.m. with a Wake up Social at the Convention Center (though there will be programming available to watch at various locations beginning at 4 a.m.) and will run through 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

OpTic Arena will officially open at 11 a.m. Friday at the Convention Center arena and will remain open until 8 p.m., featuring various video game events that attendees can participate in for the chance to earn prizes and merchandise, as well as panel discussions and exhibitions.

Saturday’s events will officially begin at 9 a.m., though there will be programming available to watch at various locations beginning at 4 a.m., and will run through 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

OpTic Arena events will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Sunday is the final day of the convention and begins with the same setup as Friday and Saturday (events officially begin at 9 a.m. with programming beginning at 4 a.m.), with A-Kon events officially concluding at 6 p.m.

OpTic Arena events will begin at 11 a.m. and run through 8 p.m. Sunday night. 

To see more of our coverage on A-Kon 29, click here.

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