Anime Minneapolis Events
Our masquerade will be the best opportunity to show off your costumes and see some awesome, talented people. We have excellent judges, and wonderful competitors. We do everything we can to make your costumes look excellent. Do you want to compete? Get the full cosplay contest details first.
Our exhibit hall will feature some of the most awesome vendors ever, with tons of anime swag to take home. Dealers will be selling everything you can imagine, from costumes and corsets to pocky and DVDs, you'll be able to find some awesome stuff in our dealers room. We also have several artists selling their own handmade stuff, from chain-mail armor to buttons.
Our video gaming area features 32" LCDs screens and more, with gaming tournaments happening all weekend. Last year we even had DDR machines, Pump-it-Up, and more, to give you something fun to do during downtime (like we have that!).
We have several official, amazing DJs in our guest DJ lineup, including Party Monster DJs, Lucid Beats, and DJ Oso. We know how to break it down with awesome EDM dance music (hey, that's redundant!). Jumpstyle. Hardstyle. Techno. Trance. Maybe even dubstep? (If that's still cool by then). No stops and no bad DJs.
Formal Fantasy Cosplay Ball
As a special treat, our convention holds an annual fantasy ball. Admission is free to convention attendees with a badge. In addition, we will have professional formal dance lessons before the event begins, taught by an experienced dance instructor. For those without dates, we will even have our very own Date Auction on Friday afternoon, before the ball. Semi-formal outfits and above required for this exciting featured event.
Dante's Fabulous Date Auction
Unrivaled by any other convention, Dante's Fabulous Date Auction is your chance to win a date to the formal ball.... or several, if you're greedy. Join our sexy 15-con veteran host Dantes as they auction off other cosplayers to the highest bidder. Money goes towards improving the con, and 10% of all winning bids is donated to charity.
AniMinneapolis features epic concerts with some awesome Nerdcore musicians like Dr. Awkward and YTCracker. We have also featured musical intermissions and performances by other bands doing sci-fi and anime themed performances.
AniMinneapolis has tons of panels, submitted and created by attendees like you. Talk about favorite shows, compete in homemade game shows, learn stuff, and more! Everything you love, from Lolita and Dolls, to Homestuck, Hetalia, and Pokemon, we'll have it. Want to run a panel? Go to the event submission form.
We are excited to feature tons of cosplay events, in addition to the mainstage masquerade cosplay competition, including photoshoots, meetups, panels, and much more. If you are looking for the masquerade, check out the cosplay info page.
We provide a wonderful ConSweet filled with free snacks, ramen, and rice all weekend. To help you get through the convention filled with energy, our ConSweet provides congoers with unlimited rice, ramen, and soda throughout the entire weekend. Please clean up after yourself.
Meetup with people who like the same stuff as you. Whether it's Ball Jointed Dolls, Lolita Fashion, Kingdom Hearts, J-Pop, or whatever, you'll make friends here.
AniMinneapolis is happy to feature Sleeping Samurai's boffer/foam weapons area. Use their regulation padded weapons to beat up your friends in a nice, safe way, and participate in a tournament to see who is the best swordsman.
We have a ton of awesome guests and of course you can have their autograph. Autographs from most of our special guests are free, so bring your favorite DVD to get signed (no bootlegs, please).
Our Masquerade offers a chance to compete, show off costumes, and win prizes.
Our official photo studio will offer you the chance to have your costume remembered forever.
The most exciting, beat-smashing, heart-rhythm-melting rave you will ever experience.
We'll have anime showing rooms for watching awesome, legal anime!
We have a handful of consoles ranging from old to new, so you'll always have something fun to do.
Table Top Games
We have a collection of board games and card games that we think you'll enjoy.
We have space for dozens of artists to showcase and sell their works!
Several amazing anime convention dealers with lots of great stuff for you to buy.
We've got an awesome concert event Saturday night, and cool music stuff happening all weekend.
Room Parties are not official events of AniMinneapolis. Attendees can host parties in their hotel room during the convention. Learn More.
Submit your original AMV creation to compete to be the best. Learn More.
Want to run an event? Click here for details.
Panels and Other StuffEvery year we have a ton of panels submitted by attendees, in addition to panels and events that are run by our staff. The actual full list will be published about a month prior to the convention, and it usually includes over 100+ events.
- Formal Ball and Dance Lessons
- Panels about shows like Pokemon, DBZ, Yu-Gi-Oh, Etc
- Often we have Pokémon Tournaments
- Yaoi and Yuri or other 18+ Panels
- Our fabulous Date Auction
- ConSweet with free ramen, Mountain Dew, Etc
- Voice Acting Lessons, Tips, Etc
- Lolita Fashion, BJDs, and other cultural panels
- Karaoke and AMV Showings