Korean Pop music festival will return to Newark with concerts and free activities

things to do cardKCON, the world’s largest Korean music festival and culture convention will, return to the Prudential Center on June 24th and 25th with an expected 75,000 fans joining in on the festivities. This is the second year in a row that the festival will land in Newark.

The festival will include a concert portion, during which some of the most popular names in K-Pop will perform. Prior to the concerts, local high school student dance crews from five Democracy Prep Charter Schools will also give a pre-show performance.

Additionally, a series of workshops, panels, booths and a Korean marketplace with over 100 local merchants and businesses will also take place outside of the Prudential Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. That portion of KCON is free and open to the public and will feature:

  • Food workshop with Seonkyoung Longest, winner of Food Network’s “Restaurant Express”
  • Meet-and-greet with YouTube celebrities including JuNCurryAhn and DANakaDAN
  • Panel to meet the producers and cast of the documentary “Bad Rap,” which follows the lives and careers of four Asian-American rappers

The KCON festival started in the Los Angeles area in 2012, and expanded to the East Coast, via the Prudential Center, in 2015, which also saw the festival crop up in South Korea and Japan. This year, the festival will additionally expand to the United Arab Eremites (UAE) and France.


Friday, June 24

11:00am PANEL #1: Boy Meets Girl Meets Fate: Romance In K-Dramas

WORKSHOP: Korean 101

PANEL #2: The Return of the Secret Life of K-Pop Fans Over 30 

11:30am CONVENTION STAGE: K-Variety Games with Nutty Nomads
12:00pm TBA: Fan Sign with JuNCurryAhn
12:30pm PANEL #1: Meet & Greet with J.R.E & KennyBoySlay

WORKSHOP: Create Your Own Fansign

PANEL #2: Take a K-Drama Vacation!

1:00pm CONVENTION STAGE: Get That Look: MAMAMOO’s Solar!
2:00pm PANEL #1: From K-Pop Fan to K-Pop Professional

WORKSHOP: Korean Celebrity No-Makeup Makeup Tips With Glow Recipe

PANEL #2: Hallyu Fan on a Budget

CONVENTION STAGE: Performance by Rekstizzy

CONVENTION STAGE: Performance by Cindy Vo

3:30pm PANEL #1: All About The KCON 2016 NY Lineup

PANEL #2: Meet the Producers and Cast of “Bad Rap” 

4:00pm WORKSHOP: Simply Delicious Korean Snacks With Seonkyoung Longest 
4:30pm CONVENTION STAGE: Performance by JuNCurryAhn
5:00pm PANEL #1: Evolution of K-Pop Music

PANEL #2: KCON Ultimate Hallyu Knowledge Challenge

Saturday, June 25

11:00am WORKSHOP: The Best K-Beauty Routines for Every Skin Type

PANEL #2: How to Start Your Own Podcast

11:30am PANEL #1: Meet & Greet with JuNCurryAhn & DANakaDAN

CONVENTION STAGE: K-Variety Games with Nutty Nomads 

12:30pm PANEL #2: Banishing Blackheads to K-Drama Makeup Tips with Alicia Yoon of Peach and Lily 
1:00pm PANEL #1: Behind the Scenes with the Producers of S.M. Entertainment

WORKSHOP: Aegyo Battle


2:00pm PANEL #2: East Coast K-Spots

CONVENTION STAGE: Hallyu Trivia with KTO

2:30pm WORKSHOP: How to Treat Acne with Charlotte Cho of Sokoglam

CONVENTION STAGE: Performance by Heesun Lee

3:00pm PANEL #1: Day In A Life of a K-Pop YouTube Superstar
3:30pm WORKSHOP: Simply Delicious Korean Snacks with Seonkyoung Longest

PANEL #2: How Do You Hallyu

CONVENTION STAGE: ANX KPOP Battles & Cosplay Masquerade

4:30pm PANEL #1: Meta Dramaland: How Dramas Shape Fandoms, and Fandoms Shape Dramas
5:00pm PANEL #2: Let’s Talk About Cross Cultural Clashes in Hallyu