Anime Matsuri 2023: Release Dates + Activities

Anime Matsuri 2023: Release Dates + Activities

Anime Matsuri has established itself as an unmissable event on the global anime calendar. A celebration of creativity, camaraderie, and culture, this convention brings together fans of anime, manga, and pop culture under one roof. With each passing year, the excitement builds, and Anime Matsuri 2023 is poised to exceed all expectations. In this article, we will discuss the date, venue and activities that are going to enhance our experience in Anime Matsuri 2023.

Dates and venue

Anime Matsuri 2023 official dates and venue declared
Anime Matsuri 2023 official dates and venue declared (Image via Anime Matsuri’s official website)

Scheduled to take place from August 10th to 13th, Anime Matsuri 2023 will transform the George R. Brown Convention Center into a bustling hub of anime enthusiasts. A highlight of Anime Matsuri 2023 is the presence of Crypton Future Media. This esteemed entity is set to grace the event, adding more excitement and anticipation. 

Activities at Anime Matsuri 2023

The Grand Formal Ball

One of the most anticipated events is the AM Formal Dance, an elegant affair that takes place on the convention center’s third floor. Whether attending with a date, friends, or flying solo, the key requirement is to dress formally and be prepared to socialize. The Formal Ball theme for this year has not been unveiled yet, but fans must stay tuned and watch for any updates from Anime Matsuri’s official website. 

Sensational concerts: Verivery live in Houston

The Kpop Band Verivery will be performing in Anime Matsuri 2023 (Image via IMDb)

Are you ready for a night of K-pop perfection? Verivery is coming to Anime Matsuri 2023 and they’re bringing their full live concert experience with them!

Verivery is a sensational K-pop group that is known for its high-energy performances and their catchy songs. They’re sure to put on a show that you’ll never forget. In addition to the concert, Verivery will also be hosting an autograph session, a hi-touch, and a fan panel. This is your chance to meet Verivery and get up close and personal.

Here are some additional details:

  • The concert will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 7:00 PM at NRG Arena.
  • All Anime Matsuri 2023 attendees can attend the concert at no extra charge. 
  •  Special tickets for extra perks like autographs, hi-touch, or first access to the concert hall and fan panel can be purchased online at

Be sure to download the official Anime Matsuri 2023 app for the latest schedule information.

Anime fashion extravaganza

The Anime Matsuri Fashion Show returns, featuring renowned Japanese brands such as Acrylagitt, Kikirarashoten, and the much-awaited return of Putumayo. On August 11th, Hall B3 will come alive with the latest trends and designs, showcasing the fusion of anime and fashion.

Autographs and photo-Ops

Wrestling between Pikachu and a wrestler
Wrestling between Pikachu and a wrestler (Image via Anime Matsuri’s official website)

There are two types of autograph and photo-op sessions at Anime Matsuri: unlimited and limited.

  • Unlimited sessions: Guests with booths in the Exhibit Hall are available to meet fans for extended periods of time. You can pay directly at the guest’s booth.
  • Limited sessions: Guests without booths have scheduled autographs and/or photo-op sessions that require pre-purchased tickets. Tickets are usually available about 2-3 months before the convention.

Console gaming delights

Gaming enthusiasts will find their haven at Anime Matsuri 2023, where a diverse array of console gaming experiences awaits. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a competitive aficionado, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Epic cosplay contest

Anime Matsuri activities (Image via Anime Matsuri’s official website)

Anime Matsuri is hosting a cosplay contest on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Hall B3. Whether you want to compete or just spectate, this is an amazing show that everyone will enjoy! The official cosplay contest event announcement will be made soon.

Here are some details about the cosplay contest:

  • Date: Saturday, August 12, 2023
  • Time Limit: 60 Seconds for walk-ons and 3-4 minutes for skits. 
  • Location: Hall B3
  • Categories: Beginner and Advanced
  • Prizes: Over $2500+ Cash prizes, trophies, and AM badges.

Diverse programming

Anime Matsuri 2023 offers a dynamic and diverse programming lineup that caters to every interest. From artist alleys and car shows to celebrity appearances, cosplay chess, fashion shows, gaming events, karaoke, LARP, live concerts, maid cafes, panels, vendors’ and exhibitors’ areas, and workshops, there’s no shortage of captivating activities to engage in.

Charity auction and giving back

Anime Matsuri’s commitment to giving back is showcased through its charity auction. In 2009, the convention’s Charity Auction raised over $3,000 for Child’s Play, a testament to the community’s compassion and generosity.


Anime Matsuri 2023 is poised to be a remarkable celebration that captures the essence of anime culture. As the convention brings together enthusiasts from near and far, it serves as a testament to the enduring impact of anime on a global scale.

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