11,000+ visitors expected for Alabama’s largest anime and gaming convention

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (February 6, 2024) – The Magic City is set to welcome over 11,000 attendees for Kami-Con, a three-day convention that celebrates Japanese culture, gaming, anime, comics, television, and movies. Celebrating its 15th year, Kami-Con will be held February 9-11 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) and is expected to generate $2 million in economic impact.

“Kami-Con is an amazing event, and we are proud to have reached year 15,” said Kami-Con President Raymond Lenzner. “This event gives a special community a way to come together and celebrate something they love with friends from around the country in a fun, respectful and welcoming way.”

The annual event is highly interactive, featuring panels, music performances, fashion shows, gaming exhibitions, cosplay contests, a sword class, improv and comedy shows, dodgeball matches, wrestling shows, and more. The vendor room is a popular destination at the convention, with more than 30,000 square feet of fan merchandise, fashion wear, games, and collectibles.

Kami-Con 2024: Villainy will welcome an impressive roster of celebrity guests, including musical guests FAKE TYPE, Hyper Potions, and Takeru, voice actors from Avatar the Last Airbender, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Hazbin Hotel, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Teen Titans, and special guest Kson. More information on the three-day event is available at kamicon.net.

“Kami-Con is an exceptional and entertaining convention that we’re excited to host each year,” said John Oros, president & CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Greater Birmingham is the perfect destination for events such as this, due to the quality facilities at the BJCC and their proximity to great hotel, restaurant and entertainment options.”

Kami-Con is open to the public and will start at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 and run through 1 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11. Weekend passes are available for $70 at kamicon.net. Single-day tickets for Friday ($45), Saturday ($55) and Sunday ($35) will be available for purchase at the door. Children under the age of 10 qualify for a free pass.

The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) is the official tourism and marketing organization for Birmingham and Jefferson County. Established in 1969, the non-profit agency generates positive economic impact by positioning the greater Birmingham area as a premier destination for conventions, sporting events, and domestic and international leisure travel. Named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “22 Best Places to Go in 2022,” Birmingham and its neighboring municipalities welcome more than 3.9 million visitors each year, generating $2.4 billion in economic impact. Learn more at birminghamal.org.