The Kigurimi 2009 Summit for Yurukyara (ゆるキャラ) Festival is on in Hikone, Shiga-ken (滋賀県彦根) from 23rd to 25th October, 2009. Over 100 soft toy characters from all over Japan will be at the Festival.
To get to the event you can catch the Shinkansen to Maibara (米原) and then jump on board the Ohmitetusdou (近江鉄道) Kyara-den (キャラ電).
Here are some characters that will be at the Festival
Do you have character goods festivals in your part of the world?