News & Updates

Matsuricon Pokemon GO!


Pokémon Go Teams!! Bring your Team Colors and Spirit and spend the afternoon with your fellow Valor/Mystic/Instinct Members! Each team will be taking different paths as we try to hunt Pokémon and fight gyms – all in the name of Matsuricon! Remember, this is all for fun, so while rivalry is encouraged, let’s keep it light and friendly!

Meet us at the Hyatt Regency at 5PM, Saturday July 30th!

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EDM – The Electronic Dance Matsuri


Saturday Night – Join us at our E.D.M – the Electronic Dance Matsuri! DJ Descent, Adinga, EverettG, Tamerax, Duo Dai•Gu•Ren, along with Professional hooper Samantha Novak, and the dancing talents of LJ and Squid!

Saturday Night in Main Events after the cosplay!!

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Arrrr, it’s time to splice the mainbrace!

Feeling a bit thirsty mateys? You’re in luck! The Hyatt will have speciality beverages available at two locations for 2016! The best part? Proceeds from each drink will go towards charity*! Learn more about Matsuricon’s charity here.

  • Perks will be selling a delicious Crow’s Nest Latte for those of you sleepy pirates. It has bold espresso shots mixed with cream and topped with a whipped carmel drizzle.
  • Big Bar will have two alcoholic drinks for our older pirates. Valid ID required for purchase.
    • The Scallywag has Captain Morgan Spiced Rum mixed with iced tea and lemonade.
    • The Seadog is Smirnoff Vodka and Blue Curacao topped with Sprite.

Let’s drink up for a good cause! See you in August~

*$0.50 from each latte and $1.00 from each cocktail will go towards charity.

Want to interview with the cast of One Piece?

Do you have a million burning questions for the cast of One Piece? Then this is your chance! Funimation is offering attendees the chance to interview the cast at Matsuricon 2016. To enter, simply follow the link below and read all the rules. Remember, you must be 18 years or older to enter!

Click here to learn more about this opportunity!



Get ready for concerts!  Professor Shyguy, Kieran Strange and Brian Palenica will be performing for our attendees during the weekend!  We hope to see you there!

**times subject to change

Pre Reg Last Chance!

It is winding down! If you haven’t prereg’d now is the time to do so!!

16 days until the end of prereg
35 days until con!

Let’s show that we can get 7,000 Anime and gaming fans (or more??) into Columbus!

Psst – it’s also cheaper now too! It’s $55 at the door!

Last chance to join us as volunteer staff!

Ahoy mateys! Have you ever wanted to experience Matsuricon from the other side? Grab your pirate garb and join us, it’s all hands on deck! Our volunteer staff application is closing down Friday, July 15th, so now’s your last chance.

Now, we especially need a few good pirates to help fill out our staff ranks in our VIP department. You’ll be fighting the good fight, taking care of and helping out our VIP badgeholders. There are quite a few perks for joining us!

Head here for more information and to fill out your application!

~Matsuri Idol~

We are honored to announce that Matsuri Idol will be present again at this year’s MatsuriCon 2016!

Welcome to our 3rd-annual presentation of the hottest vocal competition of the summer! Hosted by The M.I.C. Group, we have been bringing this event to you since our group’s inheritance and inception of it at ColossalCon 2012.

Please join us again this year by attending our event, or, better yet, become a part of the action by completing the online application on our webpage linked below (while space is available)!

Head here for more information and to apply for Matsuri Idol!