Coast Con was originally hosted on May 20th, 2016. The event was started as a project started by Anime Academia, the anime club at Orange Coast College. The first year saw 450+ attendees and was well received amongst the community. It was a small 6 hour event that included the Maid Academy Cafe, an artist alley and cosplay contest. Hearing the feedback from the community set the goal higher for 2017 to implement new changes, features and activities for attendees.