Thousands of anime fans — many donning elaborate costumes of their favorite characters — are descending on downtown Spokane this weekend for the city’s ninth annual anime and Japanese culture festival, KuroNekoCon. For what’s expected to be the local show’s biggest year yet, fans and those out there simply curious about the cultural relevance of anime fandom will gather for contests, dances, concerts, panels, games and more. Run entirely by volunteers, KuroNekoCon welcomes fans of all ages and backgrounds to its annual celebration, where fans of this diverse and incredibly popular genre of pop culture can meet and connect over their shared interests.
Sat, July 29 from 10 am-11 pm; Sun, July 30 from 10 am-10 pm • $15-$35; ages 5 and under free • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • kuronekocon.com