Black & White Ball

You are cordially invited to a memorable weekend with the Black & White Ball! Put on those dancing shoes and join us for lessons, demonstrations, and (of course) two evenings filled with dancing!

For more information, visit the Black & White Ball page.

Have questions about the Black & White Ball? Want to know more?

Check out our FAQ!

Have any song suggestions for the Decompression Dance Party or the Black & White Ball? Want to know what you can dance to a certain song?

Email us at


San Jose Marriott – San Jose Ballroom

Closing Ceremonies

Another FanimeCon has come to a close. Let’s wrap up the con together and say farewell until next year!

Location and Times

San Jose Convention Center – LL21A & E
Monday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cosplay Gatherings

The Cosplay Gatherings department is in charge of officially sanctioning and assisting Cosplay Gatherings. In addition to organizing gatherings, we also run the Cosplay Hangout and Repair Room, where cosplayers can come cool off and fix their cosplays in a press free zone.

To find more information about Cosplay Gatherings happening at FanimeCon, please visit the forums or visit our Facebook page.

Cosplay Gathering Listing

FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Each year, the FanimeCon Masquerade holds a cosplay contest featuring astounding cosplay, performances, and dance routines inspired by anime and manga as well as Asian films, video games, music stars, and more! The Masquerade is open to all FanimeCon attendees. Contestants can compete for cash and make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay!

The Masquerade begins at for convention attendees.

Would you like to compete in the Masquerade Cosplay Contest? Please review the rules and eligibility criteria before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact Please check our Forums, Twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.


Locations and Times

Civic Center Auditorium
Seating: Sunday, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Masquerade Cosplay Contest: Sunday, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm


FanimeCon’s Dance Hall is back in room 230! This year, we’ll be bringing you a brand new lineup featuring fresh faces who have the tunes to get you grooving all night long. These folks may be new to FanimeCon, but they’ve definitely made a name for themselves in the Bay Area music scene!

The Dance Hall will start at 8:00 pm with a variety of DJs, who will bring you all kinds of music – ranging anywhere from House, Disco, Trap… maybe even your favorite anime tracks!

FMV Contest

Regretfully, the Fanime Music Video (FMV) Contest will not be held this year at FanimeCon 2023. We hope to return in 2024 and look forward to seeing you then!

If you have any questions, email us at

Party Quiz: the Official Game Show of FanimeCon

Contestants will be quizzed on a medley of topics including anime, video games, and general knowledge. A single game might run from Bleach to Bayonetta to BTS, from Fullmetal Alchemist to Final Fantasy to french fries. Have you been keeping track of all of the anime series during lockdown?  Are you a fighting game specialist? Do you know your world capitals?  You never know what might come up during the games.

Some of our games will be on-the-buzzer, where the fastest reaction will have an advantage. Some of our games will need you to guess answers from our surveys. We’re also going to have picture rounds, category rounds, timed rounds, and maybe even a drawing round or two.

Players that score well can walk away with prizes such as plushies, gift cards, and figures. In addition, each day concludes with a jackpot round. Contestants can win hundreds of dollars in actual cash if they are fast enough and lucky enough. We’ve given away hundreds during each show in previous years, and we’re looking to do it again!

We select all of our contestants from the audience, so just show up and you can play and win!  Come on up, and show off your knowledge!

Locations and Times

San Jose Convention Center – Stage Zero

Party Quiz: the Official Game Show of FanimeCon
Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Party Quiz: Games With Guests
Saturday: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Please note that masks will be required at all times in the Karaoke room including when singing

Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome on FanimeCon’s karaoke stage, presented by the Karaoke Kaizokudan! Queue up for Open Mic Karaoke, participate in one of our amazing contests, or just take a seat and chill to the music!

Open Mic Karaoke

San Jose Convention Center Room 212 is where you’ll find Open Mic available to all
attendees. During Open Mic, you can sing just about anything – choose from our catalog of anime, video game, pop, and animated music; ask us to search our full American karaoke system; or even plug in your own music via phone!

When you arrive, simply come speak to us at the Karaoke tech desk, and we will add you to the singer queue! For the full schedule, read more…

Contests & Music Events

  • The Karaoke Contest
  • UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship
  • Acoustikaroke! Contest
  • Fanimaid Karaoke
  • Dumpster Fire Talent Show (formerly known as the Gong Show!)

For more details about these events and how to sign up, read more…


FanimeCon is sad to announce that Guest of Honor Keisuke Ueda is no longer able to attend FanimeCon 2023 due to last minute, unforeseen visa issues.

Due to these unexpected issues, Mr. Ueda will be unable to perform at MusicFest on Saturday night, which will be canceled along with his panels and other appearances.

Keisuke Ueda thanks his fans for coming out to see him at FanimeCon, and hopes to join us in the future!

Opening Ceremonies

It’s time to officially kick off the long-awaited return of FanimeCon! Come by to hear about some of our special events, see our Guests of Honor, and watch some exciting performances!

Location and Times

San Jose Convention Center – Stage Zero
Friday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Speed Dating

The place where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited since 2011! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18 and over singles who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

LOCATION: All Speed Dating events will be held in Rooms 211 A/B/C/D at the San Jose Convention Center.


Intrigued but want more information first? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those who want to find out more about our events before participating. Learn the basics, practice with us, and free all those butterflies before the real deal! Experience low-stakes “friend-dating” under the guidance of Speed Dating staff. We will also be raffling Speed Dating fast passes!


Speed Dating sessions are only offered for attendees 18 years and older. Rotate between conversations with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinate your mutual matches! We also offer LGBTQIA+ sessions. Visit Speed Dating’s web page to learn more!

Swap Meet

We are so excited to bring Swap Meet back to FanimeCon this year!  Here are a few updates for all of you who are curious!

Swap Meet will be returning Thursday 7:30 pm to Midnight and Friday 8:00 pm to 1:00 am!  Check-in for sellers will start approximately an hour and a half before doors open each night.

Swap Meet will once again be held in South Hall, the blue and white tent behind the convention center.

This year, both days of Swap Meet will be badged and attendees must have a vaccine wristband. If you plan on selling or attending, please plan to get your badge and vaccine check before General Registration closes that evening. Otherwise you will not be able to enter or participate in the Swap Meet.

Swap Meet is looking for additional staff! If you have any interest in staffing Swap Meet this year, please send an e-mail to Swap Meet staff are also required to get their staff badge and vaccine check beforehand, as per FanimeCon’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Swap Meet Registration is now open! Follow the link below to register for Swap Meet!