An anime convention is a gathering or an event which focuses on Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation, comics created in Japan or Japanese language, and Japanese culture. The events involve a wide variety of activities and panels where a large number of attendees are participators in the performance art wearing costumes and fashion accessories to represent a particular character. Since the first anime convention, Project A-Kon in 1990, multiple anime conventions have been held in the United States. The largest anime event took place in 2015 in California with approximately 90,500 people in attendance.
Anime cons are multi-day events which are mainly held at hotels, convention centers, or college campuses. Anime cons feature guest list as part of their makeup that includes performers, industrial figures, and artists. It involves panels which are divided into two segments. The host puts on a presentation to conduct an interview with the guest, and the fans are then allowed to asked questions.
Anime conventions often include contests which involve artworks, anime-related music videos, card games, video games, dice games and many other activities. Fans participating in the contests may also be offered prizes when they win. The conventions are many, but the list of these conventions vary distinctly from furry conventions, comic book conventions, horror conventions, gaming conventions, multigenre conventions, and science fiction conventions. For those of you looking forward to anime conventions 2016, Koya Con in Midland, Texas and SoDak Anime Con in Rapid City, South Dakota are on-going from June 24-26, 2016, and there are still more than 31 events in the US.
If it's your first time going to such an event, the cosplayers are great, and they operate on mutual respect. You should expect some weird looks here and there which shouldn't bother you because it might ruin the whole fun at the convention. Expect people to make fun of you and give it back to them.