This Halloween weekend, making it’s 17th return to Detroit, Youmacon is back with exciting guests, performances, the infamous masquerade ball and more. Get ready for cosplay, epic gaming tournaments and the massive dealer’s room with this guide to the city’s largest celebration of Japanese animation and pop culture, and what else to see while you’re in town.
What is Youmacon?
Youmacon is an annual celebration of Japanese animation, video gaming, pop culture and cosplay. This four-day festival also includes an enormous 150,000 sqft. dealer’s room for shopping everything from Anime, Japanese-style artwork and comics, to figures and other one-of-a-kind collectibles. Youmacon attracts thousands of attendees of all-ages from across the country to downtown Detroit, in order to participate in the interactive games, celebrity guest panels and live musical performances.
Where is Youmacon Taking Place?
Downtown Detroit is proud to be the home to the Youmacon event. The festival takes place at two venues, both on the award-winning Detroit Riverfront, overlooking the river that connects us to Canada.
The main part of the festival including, tournaments and Charity Masquerade Ball, takes place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, a 75-floor hotel at the GM headquarters with restaurants, shops and parking garage.
If you’re ready to do some shopping, walk over to our 2020 USGBC Leadership Award winning, Huntington Place, where you will find an overwhelming number of comics, games, costumes and unique mementos to commemorate your time at Yumacon.
Some of the things to look forward to?
We can tell you from experience, that the energy of the gaming tournaments at Youmacon is not only electric, it’s palpable. Make sure to sign up to compete in the large video game and table-top gaming events or get there early to grab a good spot to witness the clash.
Other exciting happenings include headlining musical guests, The Four-Eyed Horsemen making their final tour stop at this year’s event. The Horsemen will take center stage at Youmacon on Friday Oct 29th for all attendees!
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What else to do and see while in Detroit this weekend?
Want to explore downtown while you’re here? Make sure to check out:
Checker Bar – This legendary burger bar with a twist, is a Detroit original concept that has been imitated but never duplicated. In the newly renovated upstairs space, Pop + Offworld features creative New York style pizza, a full bar, live entertainment and an immersive arcade experience seven days a week.
Campus Martius Park – Just a short walk or a Link Scooter ride from the Detroit International RiverWalk and located in the heart of downtown, Campus Martius Park is Detroit’s official gathering place and award-winning signature public space. The 2.5-acre park is a year-round outdoor venue with gardens, performance stages, food trucks, and an ice rink in the winter.
The Belt – Named for its physical orientation in a former downtown garment district, The Belt is a culturally redefined alley home to murals and installations by local, national and international artists. Find the Skip provides an experience that marries the heart and soul of a trusted old bar with a fun, whimsical take on cocktails. Another popular restaurant/bar in the Belt is the Standby, all about the vibes and atmosphere in this dimly lit space featuring a dynamic menu of locally sourced fare. Let the groove get in you at the exciting and intriguing nightclub, Deluxx Fluxx.
Wheelhouse Detroit – Offering quality bike rentals, guided tours, retail and service, Wheelhouse Detroit is located on the beautiful Detroit RiverWalk, and is a great way to experience the Motor City on two wheels in a short amount of time.
Capitol Park – The historic Capitol Park is a popular neighborhood and an emerging foodie destination in one. Home to restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and retail woven throughout the park area and the classic architecture that borders the park. Capitol Park features lush landscaping and green spaces, a new off-leash dog park, fitness classes, and more.