Events


Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join us by wearing your best formal wear or formal cosplay, and putting on your favorite dancing shoes.

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. Dress code may change closer to FanimeCon 2018.

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 bwball@fanime.com!
Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to hear, get your requests in as soon as you can for a better chance to hear it at the Ball!


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.

Our room “Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them” allows photographers to set up and take cosplay photos in a controlled environment. Room information coming soon!

The schedule of officially sanctioned FanimeCon cosplay gatherings will be announced closer to con.

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


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 Masquerade@fanime.com. Please check our twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.

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Dance

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!

The DJ/Music schedule is coming soon.

Badges are required for entry Friday through Monday, but Thursday is open to everyone!

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.

Dates and locations TBD. If you have any questions, email us at fmv@fanime.com.


FanimeCon Game Show

The FanimeCon Game Show is back for another whirlwind season of questions, 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 will test your trivia knowledge, while others may be games of luck, skill, or quick thinking. Our games cover everything from Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Sword Art Online, General Knowledge, TV, anime, Disney, old anime, new anime, video games, science fiction, Adult Swim, random topics, and so much more!

So 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 30-45 minutes, so there are always plenty of chances to apply.
You might just get selected!

All contestants on stage are awarded prizes, from plushies to DVDs to gift cards.
Winners can advance to our jackpot rounds to win up to $500 in cash.
If you know your stuff, you might pay off your entire convention weekend!

The FanimeCon Game Show runs on Stage Zero.


Gaming Tournaments

FanimeCon hosts gaming tournaments to suit every gamer’s taste: classic card games, modern shooters, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees! Tournament information for FanimeCon 2018 coming soon!


Karaoke

Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome to FanimeCon’s Karaoke room! Open throughout the con, sign up for open mic Karaoke, join one of our amazing contests, or just come and listen to all the great singers! With our jaw-dropping catalog of over 9,000 anime, video game, J-Pop, K-Pop, and Disney songs (most with lyrics in both their native language and English) as well as a full American karaoke system, our database likely contains every song you have ever heard in your entire life.


Music Fest

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!

Keep checking back for more information on FanimeCon 2018 performers!


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!

WORKSHOP: What is Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those that want more information 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. Times to be announced soon!

SESSIONS: Speed Dating sessions are offered only for 18+ attendees. Please bring a valid picture ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, state ID, etc). Rotate and converse with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinates your mutual matches!

Please email us at speeddating@fanime.com for any questions/concerns, or see us during our operating hours!


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. More information and registration coming soon!


Opening Ceremonies

Come and watch us kickoff FanimeCon 2018! See the guests of honors, the chairs of FanimeCon, and various performances. More information coming soon!


Closing Ceremonies

Unfortunately, FanimeCon has to come to an end at some point (and our staff need to enjoy their slumber). Join our staff and attendees at our Closing Ceremonies on Monday! Room and time information coming soon.