About Tora-Con

Our Convention

What does "Tora" mean? RIT's mascot is the tiger, and "tiger" in Japanese is "tora". Put that together with "convention" and you get Tora-Con!

Tora-Con is an annual two-day convention celebrating anime, cosplay, and nerd culture in general. Since we began in 2004, Tora-Con has grown into a major event with thousands of attendees.

Every year we feature iconic anime culture guests from around the world, a packed schedule of panels, contests, major events, and performances as well as the dealer's room filled with amazing artists and vendors of genuine anime merchandise. Enjoy a full weekend of anime-themed events, cosplay, games, and convention fun!

We welcome fans old and new, and hope you will join us for the festivities!

Important Details


Tora-Con is normally a two-day convention that spans the weekend of the dates it falls on.

On the Friday night prior to the convention, we hold an early badge pickup from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feel free to come in cosplay and meet with friends.

Saturday badge pickup opens at 8 a.m. Events and panels will run through the entire day, ending after midnight.

Sunday badge pickup opens at 8 a.m. Events and panels will run until the end of closing ceremonies at 6 p.m.

A full schedule of events will be released in the weeks leading up to the convention.

Key Locations

Tora-Con is located on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Rochester, New York.

Badge pickup will be located in the Gordon Field House.


Tora-Con is a non-profit event run entirely by student volunteers from the RIT Anime Club.