List of furry conventions

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The Dealers Den at Anthrocon 2006; the fursuit parade is visible along the top. The artist of the works to the right is Susan Van Camp.
Samuel Conway talks to KDKA-TV reporters outside Anthrocon 2006.

Furry conventions are organized gatherings of furries. They are distinct from other fandom conventions including comic book conventions, anime conventions, science fiction conventions, gaming conventions, horror conventions and multigenre conventions. Below is a list of select current and discontinued furry conventions.

Active events[edit]

Attendee at Anthrocon 2008
Next/Last held Name Place Theme
25–28 February 2021 Anthro New England Boston, Massachusetts, United States Back to the 90s
25–28 February 2021 Anthro New England`
Founded in 2015 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, originally at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, it currently takes place at the Boston Park Plaza. Anthro New England became the 9th largest furry convention in 2018, with 2,050 attendees.[1]
1–4 July 2021 Anthrocon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Aesop's Fables
1–4 July 2021 Anthrocon`
Founded in 1997 in Albany, New York and moved to Philadelphia two years later. It currently takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, where it has been every year since 2006, and is the second-largest furry convention to-date behind Midwest Furfest, with over 7,000 attendees annually since 2016.[2]
28 October–1 November 2020 Biggest Little Fur Con Reno, Nevada, United States Neo-Reno 2120
28 October–1 November 2020 Biggest Little Fur Con`
Founded in 2013, hosted at the Grand Sierra Resort. Currently the 3rd most attended furry convention behind Anthrocon and Midwest Furfest, drawing over 5,000 attendees in 2017.[3]
31 July–2 August 2020 CanFURence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Steampunk by rail
31 July–2 August 2020 CanFURence`
First held in late 2016 as a spiritual successor to Ottawa's previous furry convention, C-ACE, in 2007. It is the second largest furry convention in the Ontario province, after Furnal Equinox in Toronto, drawing over 568 attendees in 2019.[4]
28 July–1 August 2021 Eurofurence Berlin, Germany Welcome to Tortuga - On the High Seas
28 July–1 August 2021 Eurofurence`
Founded in 1995, this European convention has been held in Germany for seventeen of its twenty years, the latter of which making the furry convention the longest-running active convention. Other hosted countries are Sweden, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Managed by Eurofurence e.V., Eurofurence 23 drew over 2,500 attendees.[5][6]
14–16 August 2020 Furrydelphia King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States Celtic Knights
14–16 August 2020 Furrydelphia`
Founded in 2017 in the Philadelphia area and held in the Valley Forge Casino Resort Radisson since 2019.[7]
7–9 May 2021 FurDU (Furry Down Under) Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia Mad Science!
7–9 May 2021 FurDU (Furry Down Under)`
Currently the largest furry convention in Australia, the convention is known for its beach culture due to being only metres from the shore. Since 2013 the convention has been held at the Mantra on View, attendance reached capacity in 2019 with 850 attendees.[8]
25–28 March 2021 Furry Fiesta Dallas, Texas, United States Oceanic Adventure
25–28 March 2021 Furry Fiesta`
One of two furry conventions in the Texas area. In its inaugural year, the convention sponsored the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE). 2017's event drew over 3,000 attendees and raised over $25,000 for CARE.[9][10]
18–20 September 2020 Furry Migration Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Road Trip!
18–20 September 2020 Furry Migration`
Founded in 2013 and first held in 2014 at the Ramada Minneapolis Airport Hotel. It is currently held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.[11]
TBA 2021 Furry Weekend Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, United States The Enchanted Forest
TBA 2021 Furry Weekend Atlanta`
Furry Weekend Atlanta has united furries from around the world for nine years. It is currently the fourth largest furry convention, drawing over 4,000 attendees in 2017.[12]
16–20 January 2020 Further Confusion San Jose, California, United States Neo San Jose
16–20 January 2020 Further Confusion`
Further Confusion is an annual 5-day furry convention. Started in 1999, it was built to be the bay area's flagship furry event. The 2020 event hosted 4,509 attendees and raised nearly $20,500 for the Billy DeFrank Center of Silicon Valley.[13]
6–8 August 2021 Megaplex Orlando, Florida, United States All aboard!
6–8 August 2021 Megaplex`
Megaplex is an annual 3-day furry convention regularly held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida since 2019. Inaugurated in 2002 as "Pawpet Megaplex", it is the only furry convention held in the Sunshine State, drawing over 3,000 attendees and raising over $40,000 for charity in 2019.[14]
October 2021 Mephit Furmeet Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States Celebrating Camp Mephit!
October 2021 Mephit Furmeet`
One of the few furry conventions in the Southern United States. Occurring on Labor Day weekend in the greater Memphis area, this convention sponsors Tiger Haven as its convention charity. 2010 marked the first year that Mephit Furmeet was held in Olive Branch, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis.[15]
3–6 December 2020 Midwest FurFest Rosemont, Illinois, United States TBA
3–6 December 2020 Midwest FurFest`
A yearly convention in the Chicago metro area which started in 2000 as a spinoff of Duckon, a Chicago-based science fiction convention. In 2017, Midwest Furfest had over 8,000 attendees, making it the largest furry convention. In 2014, a chlorine bomb was set-off at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel where the convention was being held. This attack led to 19 people being hospitalized and the evacuation of the facility.[16][17]
TBA 2021 Motor City Furry Con Novi, Michigan, United States Visions of the Future
TBA 2021 Motor City Furry Con`
Founded in 2013 in Metro Detroit after the discontinuation of another convention in the area, Furry Connection North. The convention attracts more than 1,000 furries to Detroit and has raised over US$45,000 for Pets for Vets since its inaugural convention in 2014. In 2017, Pets for Vets ambassador Cheryl Wassus took her 1-year old dog to the convention in misunderstanding, an experience her son shared on Twitter.[18]
TBA 2021 VancouFur Vancouver, BC, Canada Neon City
TBA 2021 VancouFur`
VancouFur has been Vancouver's furry convention since 2012. It had its sixth furry convention on Canada's west coast in 2017, having raised over $3,000 for the local charity Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. The 2016 event was known for sharing the Executive Hotel with Syrian refugees.[19][20][21]

Discontinued events[edit]

Last held Name Place
19–21 May 2017 Califur Pomona, California, United States
19–21 May 2017 Califur`
Founded in 2004, Califur is the furry convention successor to the first furry convention Confurence held in 1989. With 1,393 attendees in 2017, Califur is the largest furry convention in Southern California. Located on the same grounds in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles County Fairplex, Califur has had many musical attendees at the convention from Los Angeles radio station KROQ's lineup for Weenie Roast which happens at the same time of year. Califur was cancelled for 2018 with a promise to return in 2019.[22][23]
25–27 April 2003 ConFurence Burbank, California, United States
25–27 April 2003 ConFurence`
The first exclusive furry convention since 1989, ConFurence was cancelled after holding its 15th edition in 2003. Chairman Darrel L. Exline said he couldn't continue to organize the event, as it took too much time, money, and energy and resulted in lost friendships.[24]
23–25 February 2018 Confurgence Melbourne, Australia
23–25 February 2018 Confurgence`
Formed in 1999 as MiDFur, Confurgence is a furry convention which takes place in Melbourne. Since being cancelled in 2019 the convention is officially on hiatus.[25]

See also[edit]

Works cited[edit]

  • Patten, Fred (2017). Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015. McFarland. 260pp. ISBN 9781476663814.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rousseau, Morgan (26 February 2018). "Boston furry convention 2018 bonds anthropomorphic adorers". Metro Magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ Brandolph, Adam (28 June 2008). "Furry Convention $3 Million Cash Cow for City Businesses". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 14 April 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Biggest Little Fur Con Draws Thousands to Reno". This is Reno. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "'Furry family' gathers in Ottawa at CanFURence". CBC. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ "2000 Furries treffen sich im Estrel" (in German).
  6. ^ "Furrie invasion: 2000 fans attended Eurofeurence in Berlin to celebrate their love of anthropomorphic animals".
  7. ^ Hepler, Cassie (21 August 2017). "Furrydelphia: Inside Philly's first furries convention". www.metro.us. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  8. ^ Perets, Annie (2 June 2019). "'Furries' Take Over Surfers Paradise". www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au. Retrieved 17 January 2020.(subscription required)
  9. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (28 December 2009). "Plan Ahead: Hell Hath No Furry Like the Crowne Plaza Come February". Dallas Observer.
  10. ^ Eric Aasen (20 February 2010). "Costumed critters show their wild side at Furry Fiesta convention". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  11. ^ Craine, Tatiana. "Meet the furries of Furry Migration where being weird is a good thing [Video]". City Pages. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  12. ^ Sara Underwood (30 March 2011). "Furry Weekend Atlanta with Sara Underwood". Attack of the Show!. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  13. ^ Sulek, Julia (14 January 2018). "San Jose FurCon brings "Furries" and their animal costumes downtown". Mercury News.
  14. ^ Sangalang, Jennifer (3 August 2017). "Unfurgettable: Megaplex in Orlando celebrates furry fandom". Florida Today. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  15. ^ Bianca Phillips (16 September 2005). "My Furry Weekend". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  16. ^ Jason Marck and Eilee Heikenen-Weiss (14 December 2011). "Making fuzzy friends at Midwest FurFest". WBEZ. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  17. ^ "'Furry' convention disrupted as 'intentional' gas incident sends 19 to hospitals". Chicago Tribune.
  18. ^ FOX. "Woman takes dog to Furry Con in misunderstanding, raises $10K for Pets for Vets". WJBK. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  19. ^ Gilmer, Marcus (9 March 2016). "Syrian refugees get warm welcome at Vancouver Furry convention". Mashable.com. Mashable, Inc. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  20. ^ Eleftheriou-Smith, Loulla-Mae (9 March 2016). "Syrian refugees in Canada got housed in same hotel as VancouFur furry convention and the children loved it". Independent.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  21. ^ Graham, Chris (10 March 2016). "Syrian refugee children make some furry friends at Canada convention". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  22. ^ "KROQ Parties with the Furries at Califur Convention in Irvine". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  23. ^ "CaliFur 2011: A Furry Convention". Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Incredible Raw Footage From the World's First Furry Convention". The Daily Dot. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  25. ^ Stephanie Bunbury (8 January 2012). "Up close and fursonal with the wild at heart". The Age. Retrieved 5 May 2012.

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