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Ai-Kon 2018 – Now On Sale!

Weekend Passes

Weekend Pass sales are now open and can be purchased in advance online or on location, the day of, at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Early bird pricing is currently in effect. The earlier you buy, the more you save. All prices include venue fee and taxes.

  • $45 until March 18th, 2018
  • $50 until May 1st, 2018
  • $55 until July 26th, 2018
  • $60 on the day of the event.

Day Passes

Ai-Kon will have day passes, although they will not be available until just before the weekend of the event.
The prices will be as follows:

  • Friday pass – $28.00
  • Saturday pass – $38.00
  • Sunday pass – $26.00

Children (12 years and younger)

Ai-Kon is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome at the convention.  Discounts are applied to children 12 and under, who are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Only 1 child aged 12 and under per paying adult (18+).
Children aged 12 and under MUST be accompanied AT ALL TIMES by a registered adult (18+).


At Ai-Kon:

Once you have your ticket, please proceed to the Registration Booth where you will pick up your badge.


Skip the lineup and come early. Pre-registration will be open for weekend pass holders on Thursday, July 26th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This will take place on the 2nd floor of the RBC Convention Centre north building.  Attendees CAN ONLY pick up their badge for themselves.

Child passes can be picked up, but the same rule applies and the child attendee MUST be present. Children’s tickets must be registered in advance through tix123 to get a badge.

Cashiers will be onsite from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm. If you do not have a ticket please purchase it in advance online or through the cashier before proceeding to the pre-registration desks.

Pre-registration will be open for only for weekend pass holders.


Tickets purchased at events around Winnipeg

Did you purchase a ticket at Winterfest or one of the many events Ai-Kon has attended since then? Please make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the ticket before you arrive at the RBC Convention Centre to enjoy all that Ai-Kon has to offer.

Make sure you visit our online ticket site and redeem the unique coupon code on the back of the ticket. This will allow you to register with our ticket provider and grant you access to our smooth registration process on site!

If there are any questions concerning the event purchased tickets, please email for assistance.

Convention Hours of Operation

Friday, July 27, 2018 at Noon until Sunday, July 29, 2018 6:00 pm


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Access 2 is an Easter Seals Canada managed program which enables more entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities to become available for all. Through the program, it allows valid Access 2 card-carrying members for their support person to attend Ai-Kon alongside them, at the same time, for free.
For more information, visit for details.

School Program

Share the experience of Japanese culture, anime, arts and entertainment with your students this year with Ai-Kon!  We believe in the power of the community to shape and change young lives and are committed to creative development, developing future artists, and helping young people experience, appreciate, and participate in Japanese culture.

2018 marks Ai-Kon’s 17th anniversary and we are offering a special Student Group Discount rate to schools and educational groups that wish to attend.

Please check out our School Program page for more information and the application form.

Introducing the new Bippu Pass! – Sale Ended May 7, 2018

The Bippu Pass is your ticket to the Ai-Kon VIP Program! Get all the perks of a regular Weekend admission, plus more!

  • Customized name printed on an exclusive badge
  • Special registration swag bag
  • Front of the line access to the main events room
  • Front of the line access to all of the panels and events*
  • Front of the line access to the Marketplace
  • Free print at the Ai-Kon photo booth
  • One free admission to the Maid Cafe
  • Limited edition T-Shirt

*Front of the line access excludes paid panels or events, escape rooms, and guest autograph sessions.
*Front of the line access is subject to the terms and conditions outlined on the badge, access available only prior to the start of specified event/panel