From Fan-Fiction to Reality: Dream Con 2024 Delivers the Ultimate Anime Experience

Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of gaming, cosplay, anime, and more with like-minded pop culture enthusiasts.

As the temperature rises and summer approaches, many people are looking forward to getting out of the house and attending their favorite concerts, festivals or conventions. From dancing in the desert at Coachella to making new experiences at the varied selection of multi-genre events. One in particular that we’ve got our eye on is Dream Con. Now in its fifth year, fans will flock to the central Texas convention to meet their favorite artist and gamers, cosplay to their heart’s content, and take part in a packed weeked of unforgettable events. 

About Dream Con 2024

Dream Con 2024 takes place July 26-28 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center. Attendees can enjoy cosplay meetups, a career fair, gaming tournaments that include prizes ranging from $1,000 – $10,000, a King Vader Original Live Action Anime, short film festival and award ceremony, plus much more. 

Dream Con is the largest Black-owned anime and gaming convention, founded by creative collective RDC World, that brings together individuals with common interests across pop culture, comics, cosplay, music and more. Forming an epic anime and gaming experience, the fifth annual event is sure to be a weekend filled with endless entertainment of engaging panels, meet and greets, concerts, and dedicated art exhibitions. Fans also can expect to see a few staple events that include a Super Smash Bros. tournament, on-site game shows, and a cosplay contest and runway.

Badge Options:

Single-Day Admission: Friday $50, Saturday $60, Sunday $40 (Available May 31 at 7:00 p.m. CST)

  • Single-day badge grants full standard access during regular show hours to Dream Con’s exhibit hall, gaming hall, tournaments, panels, screenings, and general convention space. Single-day badges cannot be resold, are non-refundable, nontransferable, and ineligible for upgrades.

3-Day Standard Admission: $100 (currently sold out)

  • 3-day badge grants full standard access during regular show hours to Dream Con’s exhibits hall, gaming hall, tournaments, panels, screenings, and general convention space.

Limited premium badge upgrades will be available on June 7, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. CST
A weekend badge is required in order to be eligible for the upgrade.

Any badge purchased outside of The Lyte Badge Exchange will not be honored.
See website for details.

For those who are coming in from out of town (like us), Dream Con 2024 has partnered with local hotels to have guests stay at a special rate during the event. Plan your trip here!

Dream Con 2024 Talent Line-Up


So, You’re Going to Dream Con! Now What?

For the lucky many who’ve locked down tickets for Dream Con 2024, check out the upcoming side quests!

Cosplay Contest

Application Fee: None/Free

Channel your favorite character and you could win some big cash! Whether you’re new to cosplay or a seasoned professional, Dream Con’s annual cosplay contest is the best place to show off your skills. Costumes must be at least 70% handmade, and applications close June 30. For complete rules and guidelines for the Cosplay Contest from applying to judging and everything in between, click here. Already know the rules? Click here to apply.

Gaming Tournaments

Entry Fee: $10 per game

All those hours spent gaming weren’t for nothing! Join one of nine gaming tournaments hosted at Dream Con for the following titles: NBA 2K24, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 6, NARUTO X BORUTO Ultimate Ninja STORM CONNECTIONS, Mortal Kombat 1, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Tekken 8, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With the exception of Mario Kart, you must bring your own controller. To register, click here.

Tabletop Gaming

If tabletop games are your jam, you can head over to Dream Con’s gaming hall to play Dungeons & Dragons, Werewolf, and Pathfinder. Signups are now open for experienced dungeon masters and Werewolf moderators.

Film Fest

Submission Fee: None/Free

Flex your creative muscle at the Film Fest presented by actor and filmmaker King Vader. The fest is open to amateurs, students, and pros; and any genre is welcome as long as the films is 15 minutes or less (including credits) and suitable for general audiences. All entries must be uploaded to YouTube publicly or unlisted. The five winning categories are Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best World-Building, Best Directing, and Best Film. The winning film will be screened at Dream Con. For complete information on the Film Fest submission and selection process, click here.

Career Fair

Entry fee: None/Free

What better way to job hunt than at a pop culture convention? Dream Con has partnered with Pearl, a career advancement platform, to create an on-site career fair that lasts all weekend. Spending the day in cosplay? No problem! The career fair is come as you are, whether you’re dressed as Luffy from One Piece or yourself. You can also submit a digital resume, which means less paper to carry around. To upload your resume and start communicating with recruiters ahead of the convention, join Dream Con on Pearl here.

Family Feud

Streamer Berleezy is bringing Family Feud back to Dream Con! This year, fans and creators will go head-to-head in the popular guessing game show. Contestants are being scouted on Instagram as we speak.

The Party After the Party

Entry Fee: $20

On July 26th and 27th, close out your day at the convention with Dream Con’s official afterparty for attendees, featuring DJ Taylor Senpai. You must be at least 18 to enter, and 21 or older to drink. Tickets for the after party are currently sold out.

Get the most up-to-date information about Dream Con by following @dreamconvention on Instagram and joining the Dream Con Discord. A mobile app for the event is also available for iOS and Android.

For more information about Dream Con 2024, visit the event’s website here.

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