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Conventions in British Columbia for 2023

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It’s a new year and with things getting back to normal, that means it’s time to get those cosplays out for convention season! There’s always plenty of events for fans of anime, pop culture, comics, gaming, movies and horror around our province and below is a list of ones for 2023.

Events will be added to this list as they become available. Know of an event happening but don’t see it on the list? Leave a comment or use the contact form to have it added.

Fan Expo Vancouver

When? February 18th-20th, 2023
Where? Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
The province’s largest pop culture event that’s family-friendly and attracts big name stars!

Anime Evolution: Harumatsuri

When? March 25th, 2023
Where? Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC
Vancouver’s original anime convention, they have a one-day Japanese-style festival with panels, music and artists!

Vancouver Comic & Toy Show

When? April 1st-2nd, 2023
Where? PNE Forum, 2091 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Meet up with fellow fans of comics to buy, sell and talk all things super heroes and more!

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

When? May 20th-21st, 2023
Where? Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC
Admission? Free
Celebrate everything to do with comics and graphic novels at this two-day festival. Explore work from local artists and international guests, with panels, vendors and more!

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

When? June 24th, 2023
Where? Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC
Admission? Paid
Relive the days of old with classic consoles and video games, participate in multiplayer tournaments, or purchase that missing title for your collection at the Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo.

Anirevo Summer

When? August 18th-20th, 2023
Where? Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Admission? Paid
Vancouver’s largest anime convention with concerts, contests, and celebration of all things anime and Japanese pop culture!

Anime Evolution – Akimatsuri

When? November 25th, 2023
Where? Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, BC
Admission? Paid
Metro Vancouver’s original and oldest anime convention, Akimatsuri brings Japanese pop culture together in a classic matsuri-style setting.


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