With another summer upon the East Coast, it's officially festival season. One event we can't wait for? KCON 2018 NY Presented by Toyota!

This weekend, the Prudential Center in New Jersey will play host yet again to KCON, a celebration of all things hallyu—and the K-pop industry in particular. This year marks PopCrush's third time covering the annual event, and this time, to help you plan out how to make the most of KCON, we've rounded up the Top 7 things to do, eat and see at KCON 2018 NY.

  • 1

    K-Pop and Mental Health Panel

    Following a difficult year for both fans of the genre as well as some of its biggest players, KCON will host a not-to-be-missed panel dedicated to the discussion of mental health in K-pop.

    When: Saturday, June 23rd from 5:00 – 6:00 PM

  • 2

    K-Pop's LGBT Fandom: We Love It!

    Three years after making its debut in Los Angeles, KCON's LGBTQ fan panel finally makes it way to the East Coast.

    When: Saturday, June 23rd from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • 3

    The K-Beauty Kraze: Why Everyone's Talking About K-Beauty

    Industry experts will gather to discus the ever-exploding Korean beauty industry, from the top products to K-pop's famous glowing "glass skin" trend.

    When: Sunday, June 24th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

  • 4

    Dance Workshop

    Impressed by K-pop idols' flawless, high energy choreography? During KCON's all-day dance workshop event, you can learn the moves to some of the genre's most exciting music videos.

    When: Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 from 11 AM - 5 PM

  • 7

    M Countdown Concert

    Cap off your KCON experience by attending the star-packed M Countdown Concert, which will include performances from Super Junior, Red Velvet, HEIZE, NCT 127 and many more.

    When: Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 from 7 PM - 9:30 PM

  • 5

    Shopping and Eating

    KCON isn't just performance and panels: you can also eat and shop your way through South Korean culture! From gorgeous K-beauty products and delicious treats like MELONA ice pops, this year's vendors will include innisfree, Korilla BBQ (don't miss the kimchi waffle fries!) and many more.

    When: All day Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24

  • 6

    Learn How to Make Jumeokbap and Oi Naengguk

    Join chef and Korean cooking instructor Shin Kim as she prepares a traditional summer dish, and learn how you can make your own jumeokbap and oi naengguk at home.

    When: Saturday, June 23rd from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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