Events


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 bwball@fanime.com


Closing Ceremonies

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


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 [TIME TBA] 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 masquerade@fanime.com. Please check our Forums, Twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.

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Dance

Stay tuned for next year and enjoy some music for us!

Hip-hop, K-Pop, Anime-core, J-core, Freestyle, Hartstyle — if you’ve heard of it, FanimeCon Dance has got it! Dance the night (and day!) away Thursday through Monday during the con. DJs from all over put on sets that are sure to please fans of all genres of music!

Please make sure to read and follow the FanimeCon Dance rules and notices as well as the FanimeCon Code of Conduct — these are strictly enforced.

Hydration and water stations will be available.


FMV Contest

Please check closer to con for more information!

Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are one of the many highlights of anime cons, and FanimeCon’s is no exception! Our FanimeCon Music Video (FMV) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world — literally! We’ve received entries from all over the country as well as Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, Korea, and others. These talented editors compete in many categories including Action, Drama, and Comedy as well as Upbeat and Trailer.

If you have any questions, email us at fmv@fanime.com.


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!


Karaoke

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! With our catalog of literally over 9000 anime, video game, J-Pop, & K-Pop songs, plus a full American karaoke system, AND the ability to plug in your own tunes, our karaoke setup has it all. Don’t forget to check out our fun karaoke contests, where your voice may win you big!

When we’re not running Open Mic Karaoke, FanimeCon features four scheduled contests:

  • The Karaoke Contest
  • UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship
  • Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • Karaoke Gong Show!

The Karaoke Contest

Are you a talented singer prepared to give it your all on-stage? Can you hit the highest highs and the lowest lows? Can you carry a tune, or does the tune carry you? A FanimeCon staple, the Karaoke Contest is a chance for singers to put on a great show and for fans of all stripes to see some incredible performances. The contest begins on Friday evening and is conducted in two rounds that continue through the night. Competitors can sign-up online before the con on the Fanime Forums, or in person on Friday afternoon. Contest rules apply and space is limited.

UKFC: Ultimate Karaoke Fighting Championship

This is a contest that’s less about voice, and more about guts!! Can you sing something from Sonic while running like Sonic? Can you fake an idol dance routine on the spot? And do you even want to know what happens when we bring out The Ball Pit? In the UKFC, Contestants face off in a tournament bracket of hilarious, music-based challenges that utilize every surprise in our songbook and every prop in our closet. Contestants will be selected from the audience at the start of our game, so come early! Only one will claim the Championship Title!

Acoustikaraoke! Contest

Do you play a musical instrument? Show off your own original work or special arrangement of your favorite anime or video game song on stage at our Acoustikaraoke! contest! Both solo acts and small groups are welcome. Sign-ups are open in the Karaoke Room all weekend before the event. Do not miss this delightful collection of FanimeCon’s most unique performances!

Karaoke Gong Show (18+ to Participate; Suggested Audience: 15+)

Sunday night begins with the most foul karaoke journey ever attempted on stage—the Karaoke Gong Show! If your skin is thick enough and your mind twisted enough, then you’ve got a fighting chance at winning the dreaded Worst of Show! Contestants will attempt to entertain, amuse, and amaze our audience (and judges) with unique and outlandish novelty acts that completely defy explanation! Sign-ups are open at the Karaoke Room all weekend before the event. Due to the unique nature of some of the contestant content, participation is only open to those ages 18 and older, and we recommend audience members be older than 15.


MusicFest

Check back closer to con for more information!

Come rock out with some of Japan’s hottest musical acts around! MusicFest strives to provide fans with the chance to meet and interact with FanimeCon’s Musical Guests of Honor during Q&A Panels, autograph sessions, and of course, a high-energy concert! This is all included with your FanimeCon badge.


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!


Speed Dating

Check back closer to con for more information!

The place where instant connections are made and sparks 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!

Workshops

What is Speed Dating? How does it work? 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 get out 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!

Sessions

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 LGBT sessions.

Visit Speed Dating’s web page to learn more!


Swap Meet

Please check closer to con for updates!

Need to clear out some garage space? Have DVDs, games, or other things that you are never going to revisit? Got anime merchandise you don’t want anymore? Be sure to sign up to sell at the Swap Meet and make some money on your old stuff! If you are looking to buy, Swap Meet sellers often have great deals and unexpected bargains on things you never knew you were looking for.