[UPDATE] Hey everyone! AARC is officially canceled for 2022. We will return in 2023. Follow our social media for updates as the dates approach.

AARC 2022 is Canceled

AARC will return in 2023.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Facebook & Instagram.

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About AARC

Founded in 2013, Asheville Anime Regional Convention (AARC) is WNC’s Anime, Manga, and Video Game inspired convention based out of Asheville, NC. AARC is a fan-operated event dedicated to spreading awareness and appreciation for all fandoms, with primary focus remaining on Japanese animation, manga, and culture.

In addition to providing a regional event for fans to gather and share common interests, AARC seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Finally, AARC provides an outlet for the community and related industries to network and conduct business.

AARC is the perfect place to get started in cosplay, artist alley, or hosting panels!

We’re truly greatful for our reputation as a great first con for so many people. Whether you’re just starting in the cosplay community, taking the first step to sell your art, or you have something fun to talk about – AARC is the place for you.

AARC attendees have a reputation for being encouraging & accepting. Whether you’re a beginner or a journeyman, AARC has something for you.

Apply to be a vendor

Click the button below to learn more about being a dealer / vendor and apply today.

Apply to be an artist

Click the button below to learn more about being an artist and apply today.

The Details

We’ll try to answer most of your questions here. For anything you don’t have an answer to yet, please send us a message to our Facebook Page or Instagram and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

The Venue

Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville
87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

After Party

We pride ourselves on our family friendly atmosphere. That being said, we’d be missing a huge opportunity not to host an after party. 🙂 Keep an eye on our Facebook Events as the AARC 2022 draws near for more info.


The Harrah’s Cherokee Center does have a parking deck and a parking lot across from the front doors, but those tend to be filled up early. We recommend parking at one of the nearby decks including the Civic Center Garage, Rankin Avenue Garage or the Wall Street Garage.

Cosplay Attire

We encourage everyone who attends to wear cosplay. We even offer a discount at the door to people who show up in cosplay. There are some rules you need to follow though – we’ll have those posted to our new site soon.


Asheville in the summer is a wonderful place! It’s typically warm, & not overly hot. That being said, if you’re wearing a complex cosplay please plan to hydrate accordingly

There’s an outdoor area accessible from the first level of the Harrah’s Cherokee Center that people use to take photos, view the mountains, or generally socialize outside.