If you have never been to Anthrocon before
If you have never been to Anthrocon before, let me offer a bit of additional advice from a programming perspective.
You would probably want to go to the convention's opening ceremonies. It's not a long thing, but it will let you get to see the folks that run the convention. So when you see them running around over the course of the weekend...you'll know who they are.
One of the very first panels that is traditionally held at Anthrocon is "So this is your first convention?" This panel is normally hosted by Uncle Kage, 2-the Ranting Gryphon, and myself. You'll learn some of the do's and don'ts around the con. It's really pretty entertaining, but you'll get a perspective on how and why many things are set up the way they are.
The convention programming is organized into "tracks". (Artist, puppets, fursuiting, performance, gaming, writing, etc.) You may want to look at the progrmaming guide to see what items interest you the most and build your own schedule around those interests. Also be aware that some events do attract LARGE numbers of convention attendees (including but not limited to Uncle Kage's Story Hour, 2's Rant, the Masquerade, and the Fursuit Parade). If you want to view some of these events, you may want to arrive a bit early to get a good seat.
The Dealer's Room / Artist Alley. - Many artists who take commissions fill up their lists very quickly. So if there is someone you specifically want to have draw in your sketchbook or get a con badge form...arrive early when the dealer/artist area opens. Trying to get a full color commission late on Sunday may not be an option with many popular artists.
And finally...HAVE FUN! We wouldn't be putting this thing together if we didn't want folks to enjoy themselves.
Anthrocon Programming Director