Page protected with pending changes

List of furry conventions

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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
21–24 February 2019 Anthro New England Boston, Massachusetts, United States Attack of the Were-con
21–24 February 2019 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]
25–27 October 2019 Arizona Fur Con Phoenix Metropolitan Area, Arizona, United States Music Festival
25–27 October 2019 Arizona Fur Con`
Founded in 2013 in Phoenix and moved to Scottsdale in 2015.[2]
4–7 July 2019 Anthrocon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Surf Pacific
4–7 July 2019 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.[3]
16–19 May 2019 Biggest Little Fur Con Reno, Nevada, United States Fantasy Tabletop
16–19 May 2019 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.[4]
TBA 2019 Califur Pomona, California, United States The Year of the Phoenix
TBA 2019 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.[5][6]
2–4 August 2019 CanFURence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Furry Mystery
2–4 August 2019 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 450 attendees in 2018.[7]
TBD 2020 Confurgence Melbourne, Australia TBD
TBD 2020 Confurgence`
Formed in 1999 as MiDFur, Confurgence is a furry convention which takes place in Melbourne. At over 600 attendees in 2016, it is currently the largest furry convention in Australia.[8]
14–18 August 2019 Eurofurence Berlin, Germany Fractures in Time
14–18 August 2019 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.[9][10]
16–18 August 2019 Furrydelphia King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States Celtic Knights
16–18 August 2019 Furrydelphia`
Founded in 2017 in the Philadelphia area and held in the Valley Forge Casino Resort Radisson since 2019.[11]
28–31 March 2019 Furry Fiesta Dallas, Texas, United States Roll Fur Initiative
28–31 March 2019 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.[12][13]
6–8 September 2019 Furry Migration Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States The Championship
6–8 September 2019 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.[14]
9–13 May 2019 Furry Weekend Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia, United States Pirates
9–13 May 2019 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.[15]
15–17 March 2019 Fur the 'More Tysons Corner, Virginia, United States 007: Furry Never Dies
15–17 March 2019 Fur the 'More`
Fur the ‘More is an annual 3-day furry convention. Inaugurated in 2013, it was the first of its kind in the Maryland & Virginia Area. The 2017 event hosted 1,050 attendees and raised over $10,000 for their charity.[16]
17–21 January 2019 Further Confusion San Jose, California, United States Further Confusion goes to the fair!
17–21 January 2019 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 2018 event hosted 3,414 attendees and raised over $17,000 for Silicon Valley Pet Project.[17]
6–10 March 2019 Gdakon Rumia, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland Ancient Greece – gods of Olympus
6–10 March 2019 Gdakon`
First held as a convention in 2011 in Hotel Bursztynek in Gdańsk, it is now held at Hotel Faltom in nearby Rumia since 2018, after its previous venue at Hotel Amber since 2014. It is the largest furry convention in Poland, with over 250 attendees in 2017.[18]
9–11 August 2019 Megaplex Orlando, Florida, United States The Great Escape
9–11 August 2019 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 2,000 attendees and raising over $12,000 for charity in 2017.[19]
30 August–1 September 2019 Mephit Furmeet Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States American Folklore: Myths and Legends
30 August–1 September 2019 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.[20]
5–9 December 2019 Midwest FurFest Rosemont, Illinois, United States 20th Anniversary
5–9 December 2019 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.[21][22]
12–14 April 2019 Motor City Furry Con Novi, Michigan, United States Fantastic Brews and Where to Find Them
12–14 April 2019 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.[23]
7–10 March 2019 VancouFur Vancouver, BC, Canada A Midsummer Night's Dream
7–10 March 2019 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.[24][25][26]

Discontinued events[edit]

Last held Name Place
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.[27]
24-27 September 2015 Rainfurrest Seattle, Washington, United States
24-27 September 2015 Rainfurrest`
Rainfurrest was the main furry convention in Washington for a decade, preceded by Conifur. It ran from 2005-2015, averaging over 2,000 in attendance before its cancellation in 2016 and eventual closure the following year. Poor security training, unruly attendees, and damaged hotel property prompted Rainfurrest to lose its venue. After being unable to find a new willing venue to house the convention, Rainfurrest was eventually discontinued. The RAIn Board of Directors' note from the official Rainfurrest website reads: "It is with sad hearts that we have to tell you that we are closing RainFurrest as a convention. The RainFurrest Anthropomorphics International (RAIn) board of directors has been working hard to secure a venue, but we have exhausted all of our options. Right now, we can't make it happen. We thank all of you for waiting and standing with us, and we are sorry to let you down."[28]
12-14 August 2016 Rocky Mountain Fur Con Denver, Colorado, United States
12-14 August 2016 Rocky Mountain Fur Con`
Once the main furry convention in Colorado, RMFC was finally cancelled in 2017 when a clash between a group called the Furry Raiders, and the rest of the community led the chairman to cancel 2017's scheduled event and all future scheduled dates. This came after years of allegations of unpaid taxes, Neo-Nazism and members of the staff being sex offenders. Sorin, the chairman of the parent company that ran RMFC, state: "I will no longer continue to subject my staff and our community to the lies, hate, violence and slander that was disseminated by a small, vocal minority."[29]

See also[edit]

Works cited[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rousseau, Morgan. "Boston furry convention 2018 bonds anthropomorphic adorers". Metro Magazine. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Arizona Fur Con 2013". Phoenix New Times. Phoenix New Times, LLC. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Biggest Little Fur Con Draws Thousands to Reno". This is Reno. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ "KROQ Parties with the Furries at Califur Convention in Irvine". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  6. ^ "CaliFur 2011: A Furry Convention". Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  7. ^ "'Furry family' gathers in Ottawa at CanFURence". CBC. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  8. ^ Stephanie Bunbury (8 January 2012). "Up close and fursonal with the wild at heart". The Age. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  9. ^ "2000 Furries treffen sich im Estrel" (in German).
  10. ^ "Furrie invasion: 2000 fans attended Eurofeurence in Berlin to celebrate their love of anthropomorphic animals".
  11. ^ Hepler, Cassie. "Furrydelphia: Inside Philly's first furries convention". www.metro.us. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  12. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (28 December 2009). "Plan Ahead: Hell Hath No Furry Like the Crowne Plaza Come February". Dallas Observer.
  13. ^ Eric Aasen (20 February 2010). "Costumed critters show their wild side at Furry Fiesta convention". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  14. ^ Craine, Tatiana. "Meet the furries of Furry Migration where being weird is a good thing [Video]". City Pages. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  15. ^ Sara Underwood (30 March 2011). "Furry Weekend Atlanta with Sara Underwood". Attack of the Show!. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  16. ^ Fakhri, Omar (Summer 2015). "Anthropomorphic Enthusiasts With Huge Hearts" (PDF). Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary.
  17. ^ Sulek, Julia (14 January 2018). "San Jose FurCon brings "Furries" and their animal costumes downtown". Mercury News.
  18. ^ "Futrzaki opanowały Gdańsk. Przegapiłeś ich wizytę? Mamy dla Was nagranie" [Futrzaki mastered Gdańsk. Have you missed their visit? We have a recording for you]. ESKA Info (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  19. ^ Sangalang, Jennifer (3 August 2017). "Unfurgettable: Megaplex in Orlando celebrates furry fandom". Florida Today. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  20. ^ Bianca Phillips (16 September 2005). "My Furry Weekend". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "'Furry' convention disrupted as 'intentional' gas incident sends 19 to hospitals". Chicago Tribune.
  23. ^ FOX. "Woman takes dog to Furry Con in misunderstanding, raises $10K for Pets for Vets". WJBK. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ "Incredible Raw Footage From the World's First Furry Convention". The Daily Dot. 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  28. ^ Colburn, Randall. "The insane story of a furry convention undone by its descent into debauchery". The A.V. Club.
  29. ^ Blair Miller (11 April 2017). "Amid allegations of unpaid taxes, neo-Nazism, and sex offender, Denver furry convention canceled". Denver 7. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

External links[edit]