We’ve put together a list of upcoming anime and comic book conventions in Southern California. And while there are countless pop-up events in the So Cal area, these are just a few of the area’s biggest events.

Comic Con Revolution

Mat 21 and 22 2022 https://www.comicconrevolution.com/ontario/

Comic Con Revolution is an annual comic con held at the Ontario Convention Centre. Attendees can expect a full showroom with over 300 exhibitors, including comic book creators (over 160 creators in Artist Alley), new comic book dealers, vintage comic book dealers, comic book publishers, toy and collectibles sellers, crafts, costumes, clothing, cosplayers, fan groups, media stars, and more.

Cosplayers at Comic Con Revolution 2019

star wars celebration

May 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2022 https://www.starwarscelebration.com/

Star Wars Celebration is Lucasfilm’s official event celebrating all things Star Wars. There, you can expect immersive experiences, an interactive showroom, and major announcements. The event is about to sell out. If this is important to you, buy your tickets as soon as possible.

anime by the river

June 4 & 5, 2022 https://www.animeriverside.com/

Anime Riverside is coming to the beautiful Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA on June 4-5, 2022. Featuring over 200 Anime vendors, music, special performances, celebrities, food, games and more Again !

Anime Fair

JULY 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2022 https://www.anime-expo.org/

Anime Expo, abbreviated as AX, is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. The convention takes place every year on the first weekend of July and is spread over four days. Anime Expo is the biggest anime convention around, with over 100,000 fans in attendance.

San Diego Comic-Con

JULY 21, 22, 23 & 24, PREVIEW NIGHT ON JULY 20, 2022 https://www.comic-con.org/

The SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION (Comic-Con International) is a California non-profit, charitable corporation dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation among the general public for comic books and forms of comic art. related popular art, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibitions, museums and other public outreach activities that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

With attendance exceeding 130,000 in recent years – at a convention center that has reached its maximum space – the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, cartoons, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival and the Eisner Awards all take place outside the Convention Center, creating a campus-like atmosphere for the convention in downtown San Diego.

Long Beach Comic-Con

SEPTEMBER 3 & 4, 2022 http://longbeachcomiccon.com/

Long Beach Comic-Con and Long Beach Comic Expo are annual events held at the Long Beach Convention Center. They are celebrations of comics and pop culture that showcase the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators from all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con & Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related merchandise, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions.

Panelist at Long Beach Comic Con 2019

Expo D23

SEPTEMBER 9, 10 & 11, 2022 https://d23expo.com/

The world’s largest Disney fan event, D23 Expo celebrates all of The Walt Disney Company’s wonderful worlds under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars across film, TV, theme parks, merchandise, online, music, live entertainment, and more.

NEW FOR 2022: You must be a D23 Gold or General member to purchase tickets. Fans can join D23 with a Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), or General Membership (free) at JoinD23.com. Attendees will be able to secure advance reservations for select panels and experiences through a new random selection process closer to the event. A new preferential seat ticket option will be available for Hall D23. You will be able to easily transfer your additional guest badges to your family and friends who will be accompanying you.

Anime Pasadena

NOVEMBER 19 AND 20, 2022 https://www.animepasadena.com/

The 4th Annual Anime Pasadena Event will be back on November 19-20. Anime Pasadena is a 2-day event focused on anime, cosplay, and nerd culture in Pasadena, CA.

anime los angeles

JANUARY 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2023 https://animelosangeles.org/

Lively Los Angeles is held at the Long Beach Convention Center. This scam offers everything from a cosplay masquerade and fashion show to dances, parties and plenty of photo opportunities. All of these things celebrate anime and the many forms anime takes. Anime Los Angeles has a reputation for having an abundant cosplay community and being very cosplay-friendly. There are several spaces dedicated to cosplay gatherings, photo studios, and cosplay games.

Creations by @creatorsguild on the catwalk at the Animated Los Angeles 17 fashion show.

Long Beach Comic Fair

February 11 and 12, 2023 https://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Long Beach Comic-Con and Long Beach Comic Expo are annual events held at the Long Beach Convention Center. They are celebrations of comics and pop culture that showcase the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators, and creators from all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Con & Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related merchandise, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions.

Comedian Aaron Powell performs geeky comedy at Long Beach Comic Expo 2019

Gallifrey One

FEBRUARY 17, 18 and 19, 2023 Pre-launch party FEBRUARY 16 http://www.gallifreyone.com/

Gallifrey One is an annual North American science fiction convention focusing primarily on British television series Doctor Who and its spin-offs, including Torchwood, K-9 and The Sarah Jane Adventures, with an added focus on British and American sci-fi TV media, held each February in Los Angeles.

13th Doctor Meet-Up at Gallifrey One 2020

Cosplay convention and resources

The Comic-Con Handbook: What You Need at EVERY Convention

Things Cosplayers Should Consider As Conventions Reopen

How to Host a Cosplay Meetup at Your Local Comic Con

Cosplay Positivity and Fighting Cosplay’s Traps of Doom

How to Host a Cosplay Meetup at Your Local Comic Con