Florida’s Largest Anime Convention, METROCON, returns to Tampa for the 16th Year


Cosplayer poses in front of a METROCON sign

Cosplayers of every fandom are heading to the Tampa Convention Center this weekend for Florida’s Largest Anime Convention.

 METROCON first started at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in 2003, but quickly grew too large for the venue, and moved to the Tampa Convention Center in 2005. Every year since, METROCON has returned to the Tampa Convention Center, drawing thousands of anime fans to Tampa.

This year, METROCON Is expected to draw 10,000 attendees and hundreds of vendors, all for the love of anime. Cosplayers, larpers, and fans of all types of fans will meet at the convention center over the weekend for fun activities, special guests, performances, and more.

Some of the key features of METROCON include the anime human chess match and the outdoor METRO fire show on the Tampa Riverwalk.

Tickets for the event are on sale the door, and a full schedule of activities is avialble on the METROCON website, at metroconventions.com.