News & Updates

Matsuricon 2016 Approved Photographers

Applications for our Photography (and Press) badges are now closed for 2016! Thank you to everyone who applied, and we hope to see your applications again for 2017!

Approved Photographers

  • Stephanie Saroiberry Photography
  • Beauxtography
  • AgentTexas Photography
  • Anthony Scott Photography
  • Logan Rae Photography
  • Bear² Photography
  • K.C. Studios
  • Vagabond Photography
  • Sarkastik Valdez
  • Cosfame
  • Madster Photography
  • Little Professor Productions
  • BB Photography
  • Victoria Jones
  • Matt Sobo Photo
  • The Portrait Dude
  • SkyDrøp

Pre-Reg Time Extension

Our Pre-Reg Time Extension is going on – but it’s only for a limited time!  You have a week before we close it for good!  #ForReals

Events, Events Everywhere!

With just under 20 days to go, we wanted to share some info with some of the awesome events that are happening at Matsuricon 2016!

A Murder at Sea
A Government Official has been murdered! It’s up to you to figure out which of your fellow pirates did it and how. Each session will be an hour and half long and will take place in C Pod 213 during the hours listed on the schedule. Use your investigative skill to solve the mystery in this in this murder mystery dinner style event.

Matsuricon Adoption Fair
Matsuricon is partnering with the Cat Welfare Association to host an adoption fair. Come meet some cuddly friends and find one you might want to take home.

The Cat Welfare Association was founded in 1945. They are a non-profit organization that’s objective has always been to promote better care and understanding of cats while providing for the physical welfare of homeless cats and kittens.

To more about these events and more, check out our Live Events page!

One Piece: Burning Blood

Thanks to Bandai Namco USA we will have copies of One Piece: Burning Blood available for play in our video game room.

We are also working with Charity to offer you a chance to win to play the game with John Swasey, the voice of The Pirate Warlord Crocodile.

For more information, check out our video game page!


Magic the Gathering players, all hands on deck!

Are you looking for something bigger than run of the mill Magic the Gathering play? Craving the excitement of facing off in intense battles, with some incredible loot on the line? Think you’re the best around? Put your skils to the test! We’ve struck up a great partnership with some new friends at Epic Loot to bring you Matsuricon’s first ever official, Wizards of the Coast approved tournament, on Saturday, August 20th. Tournament entrance fee is $5. Cash prizes for winners!

Come visit us in the Collectible Card Games room, or keep your eyes on our Tabletop page for all the details!

One Piece Takes Over Matsuricon


If you haven’t heard – the Straw Hats are taking over Matsuricon!

1) Voice Actors: Colleen Clinkenbeard (Luffy), Christopher Sabat (Zoro), Brina Palencia (Chopper), Patrick Seitz (Franky), Ian Sinclair (Brook), Sonny Strait (Usopp), Eric Vale (Sanji), Lydia MacKay (Boa), John Swasey (Crocodile), Mike McFarland (Buggy the Clown)
2) Two special One Piece Panels with ALL the Straw Hat voice actors! Luci Christian and Stephanie Young will also join us via video chat for thesespecial events!
3) One Video Room dedicated to One Piece all weekend!

Are you ready for the ‪#‎OnePieceTakeover‬?

If you haven’t pre-registered, you’re not part of our crew! Get now, pre-register and ‪#‎JumpShipWithUs‬!
Then tell a friend to do the same thing!

Cosplay Masquerade Registration is live!

Sign ups will be available from July 23rd until July 31st, OR until we fill our roster. If you decide to enter the competition at the convention- no worries! We will keep several spots available of signing up at the convention- but we do recommend you sign up now, because these spots go FAST!

If you would like to be a walk-on (i.e. you will not be competing in any division and just want to show off your bought or commissioned cosplay on stage), we will only have 10 Walk-On spots available, and these will be available for AT-CONVENTION sign ups only.

If you are competing with a skit, we ask you complete this form AND send your audio file to BEFORE the convention.

Should you have any questions regarding the rules, please see our website. If you still have questions, feel free toe email us, and we can get them answered for you right away.

Good luck to everyone, and we look forward to seeing all of your beautiful cosplays!

Head over to our Cosplay page for more information and to sign up!

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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