About Us

About Tekko

Tekko is Pennsylvania's largest anime convention, attracting nearly 12,000 unique and diverse fans from across the country (and world!) to the region. We aren't just any old anime convention, though. We offer so much more by featuring Japanese arcade games , J-rock , J-fashion , Japanese pop culture , and education in our programming. Additionally, we choose a unique theme every year to explore new content, such as wrestling, mecha, sports, and more. This makes us one of the most diverse anime and Japanese culture conventions in the country, and we aren't done expanding yet!

In addition to the mecha theme of 2019, our top scientists have invented a new giant robot to protect the city of Pittsburgh! Tekkobot now represents us everywhere we go as our permanent mascot. You can read more about him right here on this website , he has his own page and everything.

Tekko 2016 Highlights

Increased attendance to over 8,000 unique attendees, guests, vendors, artists and staff from all across the country, equaling a 30% gain over the previous year.

Provided an overall economic impact to the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area of over 4.5 million in terms of hotels, restaurants, local transportation, shopping, taxes, etc. over a four day period.

Supported several local non-profit organizations to increase awareness and collect donations during the event.

Tekko 2015 Highlights

Increased attendance to over 6,000+ unique attendees, guests, vendors, artists and staff from all across the country, an 18% gain over the previous year

The Tekko Gakkou School Series provided education oriented programming and learning tracks dedicated to exploring the nuanced culture and history of Japan

Supported several local non-profit organizations to increase awareness and collect donations during the event

Provided an overall economic impact to the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area of over $3.7 million in terms of hotels, restaurants, local transportation, shopping, taxes, etc. over the four-day period

Tekko is presented by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society (PittJCS) . We've been bringing fans together for more than 15 years at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society

PittJCS Hours of operation

Thursday 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday 9:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Saturday 9:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location

Located in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center offers Tekko attendees the best of both worlds, by showcasing spectacular views of the city on the roof or numerous balconies perfect for cosplay photo-shoots and gorgeous indoor spaces that are host to all scheduled programming such as panels, vendors/artist alley and main events.

Looking to branch out into the city? Look no further! The area around the Convention Center, within a 15-minute walk, is home to:

  • Over 90 restaurants!

  • Numerous Museums!

  • Point State Park!

  • Station Square!

  • Local Events!

  • And Much, Much More…