Anime Minneapolis Events
Last year's schedules:
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. In 2014 we excitedly feature Steam Powered Giraffe!
Fallout Shelter Arcade
Fallout Shelter Arcade has been bringing a unique gaming experience to Minnesota since November 2009. BattleTech and Red Planet provide a great experience for all ages and experience levels. Our Mercs are happy to teach new players and to provide new levels of challenges for experienced pilots. If this is your 1st visit or if you are a frequent visitor, come and experience everything that the Fallout Shelter Arcade has to offer. (Note: There's a fee to play which goes towards the maintenance and repair of the machines.)
Our maid cafe is a fun experience similar to maid cafes in Japan - but much more suited to AniMinneapolis. Come, and be the king of your own maid world (you'll find out what this means!) (Note: Tickets can be purchased at the con. Snacks are included.)
Click here to apply to be a maid/butler.
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.
Our charity auction will present a great opportunity to give to charity while collecting some rare and special anime goods. Our first every charity auction was held in 2014 and we had over 30 items auctioned off including autographed posters, DVDs signed by the whole cast, and more. 100% of your charity auction money goes to support St. Jude's, because we believe in supporting children's medical research.
We are excited to feature tons of cosplay events, in addition to the mainstage masquerade cosplay competition, including photoshoots, meetups, panels, and much more. We schedule meetup/photoshoot times for different fandoms to gather in their outfits, and we have a hall costume contest you can compete in to win free admission for next year. 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.
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). Every year we try to have a list of guests that you may not otherwise ever get a chance to meet, so we hope you'll come out and say hi to them!
We are very proud to feature Gnome Games as hosts for our tabletop gaming room. Every year our tabletop gaming room includes collectible card games, various board game tournaments, and more.
Every year AniMinneapolis has a room dedicated to streaming anime. This is a chance to relax and catch up on what's new in the world of anime, or even discover a classic show that you might fall in love with.
Karaoke is huge in Japan and we think it should be a staple at conventions too. Come to the Karaoke Krypt and sing with your fellow anime fans. We have a huge library of music for you to choose from. Be sure to come by and hang out with us. Sometimes we will be playing AMVs before Karaoke sessions start.
Back in 2009, we bought our first pachinko machine for engaging fans at our convention table. Shortly after that, we were bitten by the pachi bug, and now own 14 machines, in various stages of restoration. Pachinko is Japanese pinball, Japan's favorite pastime. Its been one of their most popular leisure activities for nearly a hundred years. Pachinko Fever sets up an interactive parlor that works just like it does in Japan (minus the Yakuza, of course), where you buy balls to play with, and redeem your winnings for prizes much like an American arcade. Our machines represent the history and evolution of pachinko over the last 55 years with machines dating from 1961 up to 2010, so we have a machine for everyone! Come try your hand at some great prizes and experience this really fun part of Japanese culture first hand with Pachinko Fever!
Room Parties are not official events of AniMinneapolis. Attendees can host parties in their hotel room during the convention. These are often fun social or anime-themed events. 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