What is Anime Matsuri ?

Anime Matsuri is an annual anime, Japanese culture and related arts convention hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Join thousands of fans and explore of over 500,000 sq feet of anime, panels, workshops, Special Guests, celebrities, Vendor/Exhibitor area, Artist Alley/showcase, live concerts, Japanese fashion Show, Cosplay Contests, Gaming, and over 200 hrs of programming including a Japanese car show!
For the three day weekend, Anime Matsuri creates an atmosphere for talented artists, business leaders, ambitious students and many more who come together to express creative ideas and find solutions to industry questions.
But most importantly, we host Anime Matsuri because we are passionate about the amazing world of Japanese culture. YES, we love it!


Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall features a multitude of vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors selling and showcasing hundreds of unique merchandise including manga/comic book, figurines, collectibles, posters, plushies, cosplay items, Japanese fashion products, games and many more in over 120,000 square feet of space.


Anime Matsuri hosts some of the best Japanese Concerts in North America with acts like Miyavi, FLOW, Back-ON, Nirgils, Gacharic Spin, Mary’s Blood, Aural Vampire, Bespa Kumamero and others.

Each year popular artists from Japan are featured in our Main Events Hall with exhilarating and stunning live performances in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans. We feature J-Rock, J-Pop and Idol performances, creating an unforgettable experience.


JFashion Show

Join the best Japanese Fashion Designers as they display the latest in Lolita, Street Fashion, Goth and Traditional attires in our Japanese Fashion Show. This seated event, hosted in the General Assembly, has become one of the most popular events since its debut at Anime Matsuri in 2008.

AM Idol

Anime Matsuri Idol is a singing competition with three rounds of competition. Competitors start with submitting videos via YouTube. The judges pick 15 contestants which move onto the Semi Final Round. 3 Finalists move on from there to the finals on stage in our Main Events.

Can you sing? We want to hear you. You deserve to be heard. Join a panel of judges and thousands of fans and take the stage as you compete against 15 other contestants in AM Idol. The competition is fierce but the ultimate prize is worth it!


Club AM

Colored lights, glowsticks, and thousands of watts of music make Club AM the ultimate anime dance/rave. Featuring special appearances and performances by our Guests, Club AM parties till the early hours of the morning.

Club AM has become one of the most popular events at Anime Matsuri on Friday and Saturday nights, creating an unforgettable dance experience with fantastic atmosphere and celebrity DJs.

Artist Alley

The Artist Alley at Anime Matsuri brings an eclectic blend of artists, modelers, small publishers, clubs and individuals who promote and sell their unique creations, take commissions, advertise their services and special displays.

Artists range from amateur to professional are all welcome to exhibit their talents.


Import Reactor

What is Japanese Pop Culture without modified cars? Import Reactor is a doorway to the tuning world aspect of the Japanese pop culture. Located in Exhibit Hall D of the George R. Brown Convention Center, Import Reactor fills the night air with energy, music, models and Houston’s top cars during Anime Matsuri.

Cosplay Contests

Cosplay is literally costume in play. At Anime Matsuri, you can wear a costume of your favorite character, walk on the stage and win prizes as you entertain the fans and wow the judges. You are the star!

This is where the attendees compete for various awards in Cosplay. From complicated skits to simple walk-ons, this contest celebrates the art and talent of bringing your favorite characters to life on stage.


The Formal Dance

Do your finest and come enjoy an enchanting evening at Anime Matsuri as you dance to formal music featured in anime and video games. Join us at the Beginner’s Formal Dance Panel, which will be hosted earlier that afternoon, to learn some basic dance steps or brush up on your skills. Be sure to check your outfit against the dress code, so you can show off your elegant attire or formal cosplay with no worries.

Panels and Workshops

Anime Matsuri features over 200 hours of programming which include panels, workshops, and Special Guest activities like Autograph Sessions and Question and Answer(Q & A) sessions. Everything from hands on workshops to special presentations and screenings, our programming schedule has something for everyone.

Panels are divided in to General Audience and 18+ (carded panels).


Lolita Tea Party

The Lolita Tea Party is a formal event with limited availability set in the backdrop of Lolita Fashion. There will be games and activities. Special giveaways by Gothic Lolita Wigs, Dolluxe and featured Designers, will be given at random during each event. Food and drinks will be served.

Access to the Lolita Tea Party is done by separate tickets and seating is limited.