In just three years, KCON has become an annual pilgrimage for K-pop fans in America. The festival not only boasts superstar acts (like Girls' Generation, G-Dragon, IU, CNBLUE, Teen Top, SPICA and more!), but also offers tons of panels and workshops guaranteed to send any K-pop lover into fan heaven.
The sheer volume of fun brought to you via both days of the KCON schedule may be hard to sift through, so we've put together a must-see list of activities to check out. From the nightly concerts to workshops that are sure to send your K-pop love into overdrive, here are the can't-miss moments of KCON 2014.
Saturday, August 9
Into a Music Producer's Mind @ Tent 4, 11:00 a.m.
Get creative insight from producers in the K-pop world. The dude who helmed "Ringa Linga" by BIGBANG's Taeyang will be speaking.
All About Hallyu Media @ Tent 3, 11:00 a.m.
Slowly, but surely, K-pop is popping up on your favorite news sites (did you check Pitchfork yesterday?). Find out how it's spreading and how to get into the world yourself with these writers.
Hallyu Culture Shock Q&A @ Tent 1, 1:00 p.m.
You love K-pop, but you've got a few questions about the culture. What do your favorite singers eat? What kind of movies do they watch? What's school like for them? Get these questions answered and more.
Atelier Salon's Guide to K-Style @ Tent 1, 2:00 p.m.
We can't deny that a major reason behind our giddiness over new K-pop vids is the always-on-point fashion. Get some tips from the scene's style world here.
Dance All Day: G-Dragon's "Crooked" @ Dance All Day Tent, 4:30 p.m.
Learn the dance to one of our favorite GD tracks. Even if you're unlikely to hear this in a club, you can still pick up some of the moves from his one-of-a-kind choreography.
"M COUNTDOWN" Concert: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4, Teen Top, VIXX @ 7:00 p.m.
Of course, the concert! G-Dragon's headlining alongside fellow superstar IU (who's Korea's sweetheart/Taylor Swift-type) and boy bands B1A4, Teen Top and VIXX, a band newer than the two soloists with multiple hits under their belt. Dance hard ... but not too too hard. There's another day of festivities tomorrow!
Sunday, August 10
Discussion: The Best and Brighest Rookies @ Tent 3, 11:00 a.m.
K-pop moves way faster than we're used to in the US, with new idol acts trying to make their mark on the scene every week. A team of experts here will help you sift through the best of the best and discover the group everyone will soon be obsessing over.
K-Pop Photography @ Tent 2, 12:30 p.m.
Korea has a media world completely different than ours. Find out here what it's like to be the ones capturing these K-pop stars on camera.
Dance All Day: Girls' Generation's "Mr.Mr." @ Dance All Day Tent, 2:00 p.m.
Learn the moves to GG's newest single at this workshop. You'll be able to dance along when the girls perform later that night!
Bring Hallyu to a Community Near You @ Tent 3, 2:30 p.m.
You're a huge K-pop fan, but none of your other friends are? Check out this panel for tips on how you can start a local K-pop family and begin getting the stars to come to you.
K-Pop LGBT Fandom: We Love It! @ Tent 1, 4:00 p.m.
The LGBTQ community is showing major love for the K-pop world, and you'll hear those in the know speak on how the music scene is making inroads in dance, fashion, entertainment and more. As forward-thinking as its music sounds, South Korea is still a very conservative country and heteronormative in its thinking, making this panel a particularly interesting pick on the KCON itinerary.
How to Reaction Video @ Tent 3, 4:00 p.m.
Regular, everyday fans are finding YouTube fame thanks to recording reaction vids to K-pop visuals. Find out more about this world and how you might be able to become YouTube's newest viral maven.
"M COUNTDOWN" Concert: Girls' Generation, CNBLUE, SPICA, BTS and Jung Joon Young @ 7:00 p.m.
And our K-pop journey comes to a close with one last incredible concert! Girls' Generation will headline, but Korean rock-pop act CNBLUE will undoubtedly have fans screaming too. There's also girl group SPICA (who will perform their debut English single "I Did It"), boy band BTS (who may debut a new song with their new album out this month) and don't miss rising solo star Jung Joon Young.