FreeCon is a free-entry convention that has been running for 15 years now. We are Tallahassee’s premier anime and gaming convention, all while serving as a welcoming place to fans of any genre or franchise. FreeCon hosts events such as our Maid Cafe, Cosplay Contest, a Video Game Room, Panels, and so much more! We also invite talented Media Guests each year, including respected voice actors from your favorite shows. Every year we strive to provide our wonderful attendees with the best experience we can give them.
This school year, FreeCon 16 will be held from February 29 through March 1 on FSU’s campus. In past years, we filled up the Oglesby Student Union to capacity with over 2,000 participants per day. However, due to the construction of the new student union, our new location for this year is the Student Services Building (SSB) & the Center for Global Engagement (the Globe).
FreeCon is staffed by dedicated volunteers who work the entire year in advance to ensure the convention’s success. We strive to be a positive outlet for both local Tallahassee businesses and other organizations that represent our appreciation of alternative culture. If you are interested in joining the convention staff as a Volunteer, hosting a Panel, sponsoring us as a local business, or purchasing a table in our Vendor’s Hall and Artist Alley, please follow the appropriate links or Contact Us.
Enter a contest showing off your cosplay! Come to our walk-in prejudging and stand on stage with other contestants later that day. Be sure to follow our Cosplay restrictions and contest rules. There will be certificates, trophies, and prizes for the winners.
FreeCon 16’s 2nd Karaoke Contest. Are you ready for a challenge? Want to show off your voice? Step up to the mic and sing your favorite song. The judges will be looking for your knowledge of the tune you have chosen, your expressions and stage presence, and your ability to move the audience with your passion and confidence!
At this event, the lovely Maids and Butlers of FreeCon 16 will serve you a small dessert accompanied by a drink, and a dance performance. The dances also rotate, so feel free to come by the Cafe more than once!
Come enjoy our Video Game Room, filled with an assortment of consoles ranging from Nintendo Switches to PlayStations and so much more. Pick out a game and play with a friend any time of day during the convention. Looking for something more competitive? We welcome you to sign up for one or more of our three tournaments hosted here throughout the convention.
Did you go to your high school prom? Were you disappointed you couldn’t go as Sailor Moon, Optimus Prime, or Deadpool? If so, then you won’t want to miss Raspberry Pie’s cosplay dance party! Hosted by Orlando nerd-funk band Raspberry Pie, this interactive show will have you up and dancing to live music about Cowboy Bebop, anime ladies, and the difficulties of dating someone in a different fandom. Who knows? You might even meet your OTP.
Join us for a K-Pop Dance Party! Songs will range everywhere from today’s hits to old favorites, and don’t be afraid to request a song. Bring your friends and come dance the night away!
Sunday: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Globe Auditorium
Live out your rockstar dreams! The lyrics will be projected on screen and you can sing as loud as your heart desires, no need to worry about pesky roommates or neighbors. There is no judgement at FreeCon!
All day Saturday and Sunday in SSB Room 221
Join other attendees to play various board and card games! You can bring your own games as well! The room will be open all day, so feel free to come at any time.
All day Saturday and Sunday in SSB Room 220
When the hustle and bustle of the convention becomes too much, take a break in the viewing room! There will be showings of every kind of anime! The list of showtimes is at the bottom of the Full Schedule.
All day Saturday and Sunday in Globe Room 3500
You and a group of other attendees work together to solve a case related to the theme of the convention. There are different mysteries every day, so don’t worry about someone spoiling the mystery!
Saturday, Session 1: 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM | Session 2: 9:00 PM – 10:00PM | Sunday, Session 1: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Session 2: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Location: Globe Room 2600
Compete in the Drawing Contest! To enter, all you have to do is show up! Works are judged on creativity, prompt relevance, and appearance. We have an Open Session on Saturday where artists can stop by anytime and the winner is contacted at the end of the contest, and a Quick Draw Session on Sunday where contestants will be timed.
Saturday: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Sunday: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Location: SSB 219