Black & White Ball

It’s FanimeCon’s 21st Anniversary and that means another evening of fun and elegance at the Black and White Ball! Put on your favorite dancing shoes and don your best formal wear or formal cosplay. Join us in Parkside Hall for great music, beautiful photographs, and (of course) hours of dancing!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry: The Black & White Ball staff will be offering group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball. A handful of private lessons will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up early during the con! A lesson schedule will be available at con.

Not sure what to wear? Check out out dress code.
If you have any additional question about the Black & White Ball, see our FAQ

Chopped Cosplay

Additional information on this and other events in the Cosplayer Gatherings Department can be found on the FanimeCon forums!

Cosplay Gatherings

Are you new to FanimeCon with a cosplay to show off? Looking for other cosplayers from the same title? Or maybe you just want to see the cosplayer groups of your favorite anime, manga, or game? Come hangout with other cosplay enthusiasts and see the best that everyone has to offer.

Additional information on this and other events in the Cosplayer Gatherings Department can be found on the FanimeCon forums!

Cosplay Spectacular

Cosplay Spectacular an event for fans that live to be on stage! Whether you enjoy dressing up or just want to enjoy the show, this is one event that shouldn’t be missed. Also known as “Masquerade” this show enchants and delights audiences of all ages. Performers, in full cosplay attire, will compete on stage for awards on craftsmanship and theatrical talent, not to mention a bit of fame! Be apart of the drama, comedy, and choreography at the San Jose Civic Auditorium this Memorial Day weekend. There are contests, prizes, and A LOT of cosplay!


Dance will be returning to FanimeCon 2015! Check here for date and location details for our evening dances!

All FanimeCon rules and Code of Conduct apply to the Dance. Failure to comply will lead to ejection from the dance and possibly the suspension of FanimeCon membership privileges.

Badges will be marked identifying individuals who are ejected from the dance and will not be allowed back in that day. Ejection from the dance twice will result in removal of dance attendance privileges for 2015.

  • The Dance for 2015 is open to all ages. However, we suggest that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by a responsible adult. We also advise that after 11pm the lyrical content may not be suitable for those under 13.
  • The FanimeCon Dance is a private event hosted for the attendees and members of FanimeCon. An of­ficial FanimeCon badge is required for entry.
  • Once you leave the dance area, you will have to wait in line to re-enter.
  • Attendees may be subject to a precursory security check.
  • No bags, boxes, backpacks will be allowed in. Item storage will be available elsewhere in the con (see Fan Storage). No prop or coat-check is available inside the dance; personal property left unattended is at your own risk.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed in the dance. Sealed containers (even purchased in the dealer’s hall) will not be allowed in. Water is available inside.
  • Physical and/or verbal harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Large props will not be allowed in the dance (larger than 24 inches). Attendees might be asked to put away props of any size if they represent a potential danger to others.
  • Chemical-based glow products (I.E. glow sticks, necklaces, or bracelets) are not allowed in the dance, but LED-based lighting utilities are allowed as long as they do not represent an immediate danger to others.
  • No “Laser Gloves” or laser pointers will be allowed.
  • E-Cigarette use inside the convention center is strictly prohibited and “vaping” or e-cigarette paraphernalia is not allowed in to the dance.
  • Only authorized personnel are allowed on the stage.
  • Lost and Found items will be held at the Ops Desk until midnight and 4AM, then they will be transferred to the con’s central Lost and Found.

Interested in DJing at the FanimeCon 2015 Dance?

Every year we select several performers who follow the application process. Performers are not compensated and are strictly volunteer. The application can be found here:http:/

FMV Contest

Anime Music Videos (“AMV”) are one of the many highlights of anime cons and FanimeCon is no exception! Our Fanime Music Videos (“FMVs”) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world (literally!). We’ve received and continue to receive entries from all over the country (regularly from Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, and Korea among others).

The top entry in each category as voted by the audience and the judges will receive prizes. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” each and those entries also receive prizes.

After the show, we’ll also be holding an award ceremony where we’ll highlight the best videos and deliver the prizes to the winners in attendance.

Dates and locations TBD. Any questions, email us at

Game Show

The Fanime Game Show is back for another season on Stage Zero on the main Concourse! We have returned for our 16th season, and are ready to give away lots of prizes.

We have lots of games ready to go, some of our favorite formats, and a few new entries. The different rounds span anime trivia, video games, and general knowledge. We have a few “secret” themed shows for those who know a lot about one particular series. Each game involves a different mix of strategy, knowledge, and luck. As long as you know things, you have a chance of winning it all.

As always, we choose our contestants right from the audience. Are you fast on the buzzer? Are you full of trivia knowledge? Do you like getting on stage? Are you willing to have a good time in front of an enthusiastic audience? Do you like winning things? Then stop by the Game Show and become a contestant.

We have lots of valuable prizes to give away. Plushies, box sets, figures, gift cards, and more! Every person that plays in our games will win something, and may walk away with something nice.

On top of that, the winner of each day will be able to play our new bonus round, and can win several hundred dollars in cash. Clear 21 questions in the time limit, and you can be one of the biggest winners in Fanime Game Show history.
If you are fast enough, know enough, and are lucky enough, you may wind up that much richer, just for answering questions!

Gaming Tournaments

FanimeCon will host gaming tournaments to suite every gamer’s taste. Classic platformer, modern shooter, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees!

Please consult the main Gaming Hall Page for tournament schedules.


Whether you sing in the shower every day or you just like to hang out and enjoy music, the FanimeCon Karaoke room is the place to be!

In addition to our ongoing open mic karaoke, FanimeCon features three karaoke events:

  • The Main Karaoke Contest
  • The Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • The Gong Show!

Keep an eye on this page for contest details and signup information!

Music Fest

MusicFest brings the best artists & bands from Japan each year to rock out with anime & music fans at an exciting, heart-pounding concert. From JPOP to JROCK, Anisong to VK, MusicFest aims to showcase a plethora of amazing talents to satisfy every musical taste.

Also be sure to catch each Guest of Honor’s panels & autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Check the schedule for details.

Speed Dating

Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18+ singles only who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

This 2015 year, we will be hosting Speed Dating workshops, sessions, and more. All FanimeCon attendees (18+) are welcomed to the workshops, and for the first time, participation for sessions will be Random LOTTERY-Based! No more hassles waiting in line, more information about our new process will be announced in the near future.

We provide heterosexual and queer friendly, gender-neutral (LGBT) speed dating sessions. LGBT sessions include gay/queer males, lesbian/queer females, and bisexual/pansexual folks. Picture IDs will be checked at the door to verify age. Please bring a valid picture ID that indicates your birthday (passport, driver’s license, state id, etc) so we can verify that you are 18+. There are no exceptions to the ID requirement.

Times and Locations: TBA

More information will be made available, as we get closer to FanimeCon. Please check the official FanimeCon website and forums here for the latest updates and announcements.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please post them on the forums or email us at

Swap Meet

Want to find great deals on merchandise from older series? Looking to clear your garage full of anime merchandise that you no longer use? Then the Swap Meet is the place for you! Come join fellow fans that want to buy, sell, or trade all types of used or mint, in-box goods at the FanimeCon Swap Meet! Many sellers offer unusual or out-of-print items, and often you can find some very special goods at reasonable prices. Remember, cash or barter are the only accepted payment methods for Swap Meet, and a government-issued ID with a photo and proof of age is required for anything marked 18+.

More information will be made available, as we get closer to FanimeCon.