SNAFU Con is an anime convention in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada. Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd, 2024 in The Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

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Online Registration

Online registration is now open!
Go to the registration system to log in or create a new user!

Online registration will close on October 28, 2024.

Badge Prices

Here are the badge prices for SNAFU Con -
Preregistration: $40.00 through June 30, 2024
Preregistration: $50.00 through September 1, 2024
Early/At Con registration: $60.00 through November 3, 2024
At Con Friday Registration: $30.00
At Con Saturday Registration: $30.00
At Con Sunday Registration: $30.00

You will only receive a souvenir badge if you register and pay during the preregistration period. If you register during the early registration period you will receive the same type of badge as if you bought a weekend badge at the door.

Prices may change at any time.

Registration Hours

At-con schedule

Thursday - Fully paid badges only!
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Special badge pickup - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Special Badge pickup - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change at any time


When you arrive at the convention you will have a badge waiting for you with your name on it (if you complete your registration online). Wearing it will allow you to come and go freely for the duration of the convention. Badges must be picked up at the convention. ID is required to pick up your badge. For individuals under 18, school ID is acceptable. Driver's license or permit is preferred.

If you preregister you will have a spiffy designed badge. If you wait too long to register, you will have a simple colored badge with your name hand-written on it.

Preregistration badges will not be mailed to anyone. Ever.

At-Con Proceedure

When you arrive at the convention, you will go to the registration desk and hand them your ID. The person behind the desk will use your ID to find your badge, mark you as 'picked up' and hand you your badge and ID back.

For groups - only the group leader must furbish their ID. The group leader will be picking up all badges at one time. Only the group leader will be able to pick up the badges.

If you have not registered, you will have to fill out a registration at the registration desk and pay there to receive a badge. This generally takes a lot longer, and is more expensive than preregistering.

Legal Names

You need to provide your legal name on your registration to be able to receive your badge. If your name does not match the legal name on the badge, your badge pickup will be delayed. We may have to hand write a new at-con badge for you if we consider the difference to be major enough. To be clear, Chris instead of Christopher, or Jen instead of Jennifer is not considered major.

Your legal name will be printed on your badge. If you preregister and provide us with a fan name, your fan name will be printed prominently, and your legal name will be printed in significantly smaller text. Generally the design team will print your second name as small as they feel they can while still having it clearly readable upon inspection.

Early registrations (registrations paid for online after preregistration is over) and all registrations paid during con will not have a fan name.

See more information here - Registration Policies

Group Registration

Groups of 5+ receive $5 off per person. Group discounts are nonrefundable discounts. If you end up with a surplus credit, the group discount is not eligible for a refund.

As of 2012, when a user has already paid for themselves, they may no longer join another group. However a paid user may still be a group leader and add new people to their group.

Group discounts do not apply to any registration paid on-site at the convention. This includes preregistrations for a future year made at-con during a previous year, and registrations made at-con for the current year.

The group leader will need to provide ID to pick up the group's badges and only the group leader is allowed to pick up the group's badges. Do not join a particular group if you may need to pick up your own badge, or if you think your group leader may flake on you. We would like to encourage prompt and responsible group leaders.

If your group leader will not be able to pick up the badges, the group leader must contact registration to assign a new group leader.

No, you may not purchase another badge if your group leader is not present.

Groups & Volunteers

If you intend on volunteering for a refund we strongly recommend that you do not join a group.

Group membership will disqualify you from being able to receive a refund for the current year. If you are part of a group and you volunteer, your hours will count towards the following year only.

We are sorry for any inconvenience, but groups added a level of complication to volunteer refunds that we simply can not handle during con.


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Military Discounts

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Military discounts are $5 and replace all forms of other discounts for the individual. Military discounts apply only to an individual badge registration and will not apply to any other charges such as Artist Alley.

Military discounts are the only discount we have which is permanent and persist for every future convention year once it is in the system, and is the only discount you can receive during at-con registration.

Child Registration

All individuals under 13 are required to have a chaperone attend with them, age 18+. Any individuals found wandering freely without a chaperone nearby may be given copious amounts of caffeine and a puppy. Additionally, we may pull the badges of the chaperone and child upon repeated disregard of convention policies.

To comply with COPPA, we are no longer allowing children under 13 to register in the system. Children 12 years of age and under are now admitted for no fee with parent and are no longer tracked in the registration system so they can not receive a preregistration badge. We are keeping anonymous demographics information on all child badges already in our system such as birth date and sex. New child badges will not track this information in order to speed along at-con registration.

Read more here - Registration Policies

Important Reminder: BRING ID

We can not seem to stress this enough. Bring ID. At 2012 we let a lot of students slide with questionable forms of ID (such as a Facebook page) but as of 2013 we are absolutely requiring a legal ID (such as a driver's license or permit) or student ID. Facebook will not count. You will be sent home. A parent/legal guardian with a valid ID can vouch for their child and will count as ID for an individual under the age of 18 for the purposes of badge pickup.

We do not require ID for Children 12 and under as they must have a chaperone present.

Read more here - Registration Policies

Refunds & Transfers

As soon as you have paid for your registration, your registration is considered complete. Except for extreme circumstances authorized by the con chair, we will not refund any registration, in full or in part.

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Free Registration (prizes)

Any free entry prizes for SNAFU Con are given in the form of vouchers with registration info on them, and are signed by at least one of the con chairs (usually two). To claim the prize, you need to bring your voucher to registration for the year it was given to you. Free entries expire as soon as registration closes on the weekend you receive it. So, if during SNAFU 2013, you were given this voucher, you need to turn it in during SNAFU 2013 to receive free entry into SNAFU 2014.

As of the posting of this policy (March 25, 2012), we will not accept any unauthorized prizes. So if someone tells you you're getting free entry into next year's con, make sure you're getting an authorized voucher and take it to registration to claim the prize! =]

Full Registration Policies

This page is just an overview of registration. Registration policies have developed over the years as new and interesting circumstances happen. We finally took the time to write out all the policies which have developed over the years. There may be more, but we have a full compilation of every registration policy we could come up with to write down.

Go to the Registration Policy.