Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join the excitement of celebrating our 11th year by putting on your favorite dancing shoes, wearing your best formal wear or formal cosplay, and dancing the night away with us!

Get excited for great music, photography, and (of course) hours of dancing!

Want even more dancing?
The Black & White Ball will be hosting a wide variety of dance events all weekend, from dance performances and challenges at Stage Zero to a Decompression Dance Party! Please check here for updates to our event schedule closer to FanimeCon!

This year, we are introducing the Decompression Dance Party, an informal social dance for everyone to have fun and practice what they have learned in a casual setting. There’s no need for formal dress at this particular event, but dress code rules regarding heels still apply. Please consult the shoes portion of our dress code here for details.

Not sure what to wear?
Check out the dress code here!

Please note: The dress code will be strictly enforced. Those with inappropriate attire will be denied entry.

Not sure how to dance?
Don’t worry, our Black & White Ball staff offer group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball! Private lessons will also be offered on a first come, first served basis throughout the weekend, so sign up early during the con to get a spot!

Private Lessons are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout the weekend during regular lesson hours in addition to the scheduled Private Lesson hours. For more information, please see a Black & White Ball staff member or email us at

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to?
Do you have suggestions for our playlist? Submit your music requests on the forums or e-mail them to us at!

Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to dance to, please get your request in as soon as you can for a better chance of hearing it at the Ball!

Don’t have something that fits within the dress code?
Can’t find anything to wear? Want to donate old formal wear to help out a good cause? Head on over to Idris’s Closet to find whatever you may need at an affordable price! All proceeds will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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 & Repair room, where cosplayers can come cool off and fix their cosplays in a press free zone.

Back by popular demand, Cosplay Gatherings Department presents Cosplay Workshops! Cosplay workshops are small demos and classes that teach things that the average to semiprofessional cosplayer may want to know. From how to sew and wig basics, to more advance items like Wig Ventilation and makeup techniques. Check them out in the Cosplay Hangout! For more information, click here.

The map and schedule of officially sanctioned FanimeCon cosplay gatherings is available here.

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

Hours for Cosplay Gatherings Table

FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Each year, FanimeCon holds a cosplay contest on the San Jose Civic Stage full of astounding cosplays, performances, and dance routines. Each entry features costumes from anime’s newest releases to old favorites and original designs. Contestants compete for cash and make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay!

If you are looking to compete or participate in the competition, early registration for FanimeCon 2018’s Masquerade Cosplay Contest will begin at 12:00 PM PST on January 6th, 2018. Please review the rules and eligibility criteria before you enter. If you have any questions, please contact Please check our twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.



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

Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are one of the many highlights of anime cons, and FanimeCon’s is no exception! Our Fanime 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.

The current list of prizes include gift cards for the top entry in each category, as voted by the audience and the judges. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” for each, and those entries also receive prizes.

Want to take a crack at it yourself? Give it a go! You can find the rules here.
After the show, we’ll also be holding an awards ceremony where we’ll highlight the best videos and deliver the prizes to the winners in attendance.

If you have any questions, email us at

FanimeCon Game Show

The FanimeCon Game Show is back for another season of questions, answers, prizes, and cash!

The Game Show is a collection of different games, all with the same goal: contestants play against each other until we crown a champion!

Some games require quick buzzer skills to answer video game trivia, some need a steely resolve to outlast your opponents’ anime knowledge, and some just need a good strategy to predict what our audience is thinking.

Does your brain know everything from Fullmetal Alchemist to Fortnite? Can you answer questions from Sailor Moon and Super Mario? Do you know if there are more Call of Duty games than Cowboy Bebop episodes?

If you have that right mix of trivia knowledge, lightning fast reflexes, and quick improvisation skills, come prove yourself at the FanimeCon Game Show!

We rotate our games every hour, so there are always plenty of chances to apply.
You might just get selected!

All contestants on stage are awarded prizes, from plushies to gift cards to unique merchandise.
Winners can advance to our final game to win up to $500 in cash, or risk their winnings for a chance at our special $1000 jackpot!
If you know your stuff, you might pay off your entire convention weekend!

Come by and good luck!


Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome on FanimeCon’s karaoke stage!With our jaw-dropping catalog of literally over 9000 anime, video game, J-Pop, K-Pop, and Disney songs (most with lyrics in both their native language and English), plus a full American karaoke system, AND the ability to plug in your own tunes, our karaoke set up 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 three scheduled contests:

  • The Karaoke Contest
  • 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 will you just be dragging it through the mud? The Karaoke Contest is the place to put on a great show or join us for one in the audience. Beginning on Friday night, with the preliminary round starting first, followed by a short break, and the final round after (check schedule or room for exact times). Competitors can sign-up online before the con OR sign-up in person when the Karaoke Room opens. Contest rules do apply.

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+

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! Yes, that’s right, these performers have what it takes to entertain, to amuse, and amaze our audience (and judges) with such unique and outlandish acts of comedy that they completely defy any explanation! Sign-ups are open at the Karaoke Room all weekend before the event. Due to how terrible these novelty acts (and the judges) are, this is an 18+ event.


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.

nano is FanimeCon 2018’s musical guest of honor! Born in New York, USA, nano is a bilingual singer who uses powerful and unique vocals to wield both Japanese and English lyrics like a native speaker. Their amazing music has been featured in Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, BTOOOM!, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Aria the Scarlet Ammo, and more. To learn more, see nano’s biography news post!

nano Autograph Session Policies:

  • NO video
  • NO photos
  • NO selfies

MusicFest Gift Policy:

  • No perishable items (e.g. fresh food, drinks, or flower bouquets)
  • No extremely large items
  • Gifts may be given to Guests of Honor at Autograph Sessions ONLY. Please do not give gifts at the Q&A Panels.

Speed Dating

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

What IS Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those that 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.

Speed Dating sessions are offered only for 18+ attendees. Rotate conversing with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinate your mutual matches! We also offer LGBT sessions daily.

Visit our web page to learn more!

Swap Meet

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.

You can find more information on our Swap Meet page.