Have you ever asked yourself “what is a furry con?” The answer is simple: It’s a convention, kind of like a comic con or gaming con, for furries. If you don’t know what a furry is, the basic version is this: furries are people who are enthusiastic about – and like to dress up as – anthropomorphic animals. Anthropomorphic animals are essentially humanoid animals (like from Zootopia, Looney Tunes, Mickey Mouse or Sonic the Hedgehog, for example).
For the uninitiated, furry conventions may seem a little strange. It’s a large group of people wearing animal costumes getting together for a con dedicated to their hobby/lifestyle. But furries are just like any other fandom.
So what can you expect if you decide to check out a furry con? First and foremost, I mentioned the furry costumes. You will see a lot of them. And people who don’t have on a full fursuit might be sporting a pair of ears or a tail. Just like any other kind of pop culture con, cosplay is a huge part of the furry culture, and lots of people put lots of work into their furry costumes.
There are all kinds of activities planned out for furry conventions that range from anthropomorphic-centric arts and crafts, music, books, comics, shows and video games. Art shows are common events, as are comedy routines and workshops and panels, all focused on furry culture. One of the most popular attractions of any furry convention are definitely the raves. Furry raves are a whole new kind of party, especially the “fursuit-friendly” ones. A lot of these cons will feature roleplaying sessions and events for the attendees to really tap into their inner wolf or bunny. Gaming is also popular amongst furries (The Sonic franchise inspired a lot of modern furries) so gaming-related events are also common.
And if all that awesomeness doesn’t sell you on furry conventions, maybe this will: Many furry cons are known to do charity auctions and fundraisers, giving the money to wildlife preserves, rescue groups or animal shelters (it’s part of the whole animal theme they’ve got going on).