Furry conventions (conventions for fans of anthropomorphic cartoon animals) are held worldwide throughout the year. These conventions are the best way for members of Furry fandom to network with artists and writers, attend workshops and panels to hone one's skills, or just meet other Furry fans and socialize.
What Goes on at a Furry Convention?
So you've never been to a Furry convention and are wondering what they're all about? KT's Furry FAQ describes it best: "Creative endeavors! Many furries are artists, writers, and costumers. At Furry conventions, people get together to trade and sell art and stories, perform in and show off fursuits, and hang out with friends from online."
What Should I Bring to a Furry Convention?
As most Furry conventions are held over a weekend, you should pack or at least three days. If it is your first time attending a Furry convention, Kiran Lightpaw has good advice that can assist you in gathering what you need: How to do Your First Furry Con.
Major Furry Conventions
The "Big Three" Furry conventions are:
MIDWEST FURFEST. Midwest FurFest had an attendance of 10,989 in 2018. Their next convention is scheduled for December 5-8, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This is their 20th convention and guests of honor are Kyle Carpenter, freelance illustrator, costume fabricator, and merchandise designer; Brushwolf Creature Studio, costume designers; and Mary E. Lowd, a science-fiction and Furry writer.
ANTHROCON. Anthrocon had an attendance of 9,358 in 2019. Their next convention is scheduled for July 2-5, 2020, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The convention's theme will be "Aesop’s Fables"
BIGGEST LITTLE FUR CON. Biggest Little Fur Con had an attendance of 5,692 in 2019. Their next convention is scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2020 in Reno, NV.
Other Furry Conventions
Can't make it to one of the Big Three? Furry conventions happen almost every week in all parts of the world.
Where Can I Find Other Furry Fans Near Me?
Can't travel to a major Furry convention? There are occasionally smaller local gatherings of Furry fans known as "furmeets". You can look for a local furmeet on meetup.com or try a local Furry mailing list.