May 24 - 26, 2024 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Don't miss the Minneapolis Anime and Gaming Expo in November!

An epic three-day celebration of anime, video games, and music in Minneapolis.

May 24 - 26, 2024

AniMinneapolis provides you with a safe, exciting, fun place to make friends with people who share the same interests, as you participate in your choice of hundreds of different events. Over three days you can cosplay (optional), attend big events like concerts/dances/contests, play video games, and buy anime stuff. Because you'll be doing this among thousands of other anime fans, you're likely to meet a few cool people who like the same things and enjoy them together. Or, if you're a loner, we have some of the most epic event experiences you can imagine - exciting concerts, autograph sessions, hilarious panels and events, and much more.

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Shop from vendors in Minneapolis

AniMinneapolis features some incredible vendors selling all kinds of awesome stuff! Our exhibition hall is jam-packed with all the amazing anime and gaming stuff that you could be looking for. You can complete your collection or start a new one by shopping in our incredible dealers room and our artists alley.

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Three days of anime events.

Have you ever wondered how to tell if your collectible sword is as good as the swords in Samurai Champloo or in Rurouni Kenshin? Do you want to hear stories from behind the recording booth with some of the most famous anime voice actors on the planet? How about attending some epic musical events? We have all that and more every year at our jam-packed anime convention.

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Your Tickets

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5000 anime fans came last year.

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Register right now for $40.00.

Super-low full 3-day price.

You can register online, or at the convention.

Can't register soon? Here are our future prices:
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May 19 - Jun 9, 2023
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June 9 - Aug 9, 2023
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August 9 - Oct 9, 2023
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October 9 - Mar 8, 2024
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March 8 - 18, 2024
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March 18 - Apr 28, 2024
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April 28 - May 18, 2024
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May 18 - 26, 2024

The convention dates: May 24 - 26, 2024

One day only: $40.

Online registration benefits:
  • Make sure you have a badge before we run out.
  • Faster check-in at the convention.
  • We invite more guests as more people register.

Registration FAQs

What does my registration money go towards?
Your registration fees go towards making the best convention possible. Our largest expenses every year include paying for the hotel in which to hold the convention, and the special guests that highlight the convention (including flights, meals, and hotel rooms). We use it to get our printed schedules, plastic card badges, and pay for the technology that we rent or buy every year (computers for registration, projectors for video rooms). It costs a lot of money to bring excellent entertainment, rent and setup audiovisual equipment, and pay for flights for special guests to join us.

What are platinum badges?
Platinum badges get you first-in-line privileges at these events: Steam Powered Giraffe Concert, The Fantasy Ball, Each Nights Rave Dance. See more.

When should I pre-register?
The sooner you register, the lower the admission price you pay. Online pre-registration is a very easy and quick way to pay. Many people register as early as possible to save as much as they can, but some also wait until they can be certain they know that they are able to attend the convention. We recommend registering as early as you can, because your early registration helps us plan a bigger and better weekend.

What do I get for registering?
Your registration gives you access to the entire anamazing convention, which includes a weekend of over 50 different events, access to our massive exhibit hall, access to our video screening rooms, access to our video gaming room, and access to everything else. At this time, none of the events cost extra to attend - any exceptions will be noted in the event description (though it goes without saying that you can buy things in the dealers room or one of our auction events). Your registration pays for the special guests of honor you can meet, technology, program books, equipment, and everything that goes into putting an entire weekend of events together. Every con event has a lot of costs such as renting the venue, renting equipment, microphones, projectors, program guides, safety staff, and your registrations make these individual events in the convention possible.

What payment methods are accepted?
Tickets purchased on-site are Cash Only, so please bring cash if you wish to register onsite. Online registration can be paid conveniently by card. Online registration does not close when the event begins, so if you want to register on the day of the convention, you can do so online.

What is Kids Free Sunday?
Children under 13 can get into the convention for FREE on Sunday, with the purchase of a paid adult admission. Limit 2 children per adult. Children under 13 must be with an adult at all times.

What is a badge?
A badge is a plastic/paper card with your name and registration ticket number that lets you into convention events. You can pick up this badge, with a lanyard to wear it, at the registration desk when you get to the convention. The conference badge grants access to all events of the convention, but use of the badge is subject to all terms, conditions, and rules of the convention. Attending is a privilege, and badges can be revoked without refund for violation of the rules at any time by convention staff.

Is there a group discount?
Yes, when 10 people or more register as a group (such as an anime club) you can get 10% off the current registration price per person. This happens automatically! Simply add ten people who are over 13 years old, and you'll see the discount applied. All ten registrations must be paid for together online with a credit card using the same account (or with an official school check for school groups). Email with questions.

Is there a discount for children?
Yes. For weekend tickets, children from 7 to 12 can get a weekend ticket for $10 off the price for adults, or they can get in free on Sunday. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a supervisory adult who also purchases a ticket at the full adult weekend price (max 2 children per adult). The $10 discount can be done online or at the door, but they must be purchased at the same time (not separately). There is no discount for single day registration for children, except for kids free Sunday. Children under 7 are admitted free everyday with the purchase of an adult registration. Children under 7 do not need to buy a ticket or register. Children under 13 must be with an adult at all times.

Can I bring my mom or grandma?
Yes! They need a ticket to enter convention space, but to make it easier we give you an automatic $5 discount to anyone over 40 registering with at least two relatives under 18. This discount is only valid online on weekend tickets, and only if you register together.

Is there a discount for educators or teachers?
To make it easier for school groups to attend, teachers, or other licensed educators who are chaperoning a school group, can register for our convention for free by emailing us at least 35 days before the convention. We encourage groups to bring their teachers. Unfortunately since our convention reaches such a wide audience, only those individuals employed by a school/university/etc at least half-time are eligible for free admission.

Where do I get my badge/ticket?
You must pick up your badge (or buy one) at the registration desk, they will not be mailed. We request that you provide photo ID if you have pre-registered. There will be separate lines for pre-registration and at-con registration, please be sure to find the correct line.

How do I get registration confirmation?
We will email you with confirmation of your registration soon after registering, in most cases. Please save your PayPal receipt, as it can also serve as confirmation of your registration. You only need your ID to pick up your badge/ticket, you don't need your email (though it may speed up the process).

I pre-registered and can't make it this year, can I get a refund?
We try to have a generous refund policy. We can send you a refund, minus a $5 fee each, if the refund is requested soon enough after registering, but not when the convention is too close. We do not allow badges/tickets to be resold, given away, or otherwise transferred to other individuals. See the complete policy.

Why should I pre-register?
Pre-registration helps us estimate the number of attendees we will have, and it helps us pay for things in advance. If you pre-register, we can invite more guests, buy more food for our ConSweet if we have one, plan more entertainment, and a lot more. Oh, and you save money.

What do my convention registration costs go towards?
Your registration payments are used for a number of purposes to facilitate holding the convention, such as paying the hotel or convention center, bringing in VIP guests of honor, screenings of anime, and getting equipment used during the convention. Early registration gets a discount, as we are often able to lower costs when we can more accurately estimate the number of people attending in advance. Your registration fees also help us put a large number of hours each week into planning the event.

What if I have questions about other things?
If your question is not answered, please check our website for a section that may answer your question. Only if you can not find the answer online, you should contact us.

AniMinneapolis 2024
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are excited to bring AniMinneapolis to the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, in the heart of downtown. We are happy to have a lot of two-bed rooms for this year! Some highlights from this hotel include:
  • A low rate of only $132 per night for a two-bed room. This means you can fit so many of your friends together for cheap!
  • A ton of event space to make the best convention ever, so that we can hold more awesome events like Karaoke and table top gaming in addition to a new massive exhibit hall.
  • Our ConSweet, which includes free ramen, rice, and soda. Attendees will have access to free ramen and soda all weekend, as part of their admission.
  • We've secured parking rates of $18 per day, which is $11 the normal $29 rate! We encourage carpooling or using public transit to save money.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Hotel Block Status: Open for 2024.
Please Remember. Get your room early to make sure to get one at the low group rate!
To book online: Open For 2024
Rooms Cost: $132.00+tax per night.

Tax and fees extra. $10 more per night for triple/quad occupancy.

It can be possible to get around parts of Minneapolis using the skywalk, however each section of the skywalk is owned and managed by a different building. Currently skywalk hours are fairly limited.
M-F 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.**
Sat 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.**
Sun Noon - 6 p.m.**
** Some buildings don't communicate early closings of their skywalk sections. Due to COVID-19 precautions often the skywalk is less accessible now.

Overflow / Discounted Parking

Parking at the con venue is $30/day. Due to incredibly high demand and ticket sales, we have found expanded parking options exclusively for AniMinneapolis attendees. Click here to reserve parking downtown with ParkWhiz.

Overflow Parking Location
727 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
** Connected to the Walker Art Center
Optional walking distance: 15 minutes through Loring Park
Price: $8 per 24 hours*.
Note: They advise not parking longer than 48 hours here for safety reasons. * Price may vary.

Other Parking Options
These are the main parking options most attendees utilize.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis's Loring Ramp: $29/day
Millennium Hotel: $21/day

Parking Lot for Vendors and Large Vehicles
There is a surface lot located a few blocks from the hotel.
Address: 217 S 9th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Sold out? Having trouble? Just click here to let us know and we'll try to help!

Future Dates
May 26-28, 2023
May 24-26, 2024
May 9-11, 2025
May 22-24, 2026
May 7-9, 2027

Meet a ton of awesome special guests every year at AniMinneapolis, including performers, voice actors, directors, and more. Get their autographs for free (limited to scheduled free autograph sessions, limitations apply), meet them in Q&A sessions, and more. Our guests are happy to share their experiences in the anime industry on everything from voice acting, video game production, directing, writing, and more!

Chris Cason

Chris Cason

Chris Cason has voiced Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in “Dragon Ball Z”, Agent Shao in “Battle of Gods”, “Resurrection F”, and “Dragon Ball Super: Broly”, Gluttony in “Fullmetal Alchemist”, Holy Roman Empire in “Hetalia”, Face McShooty and Mal in “Borderlands 2”, Tecchi in “Sword Art Online 2”, Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater’’, Miyamoto and M1 in “Yu Yu Hakusho”, Taruru in “Sgt. Frog”, Boo and Whitey in “Shin Chan”, Hanai in “School Rumble”, Ukyo in “Ouran High School Host Club”, Chamo in “Negima”, Babbit in “Kodocha”, Siegfried in “Kenichi”, and Hanbei in “Sengoku Basara” represent some of Chris’s favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: One Punch Man, Attack on Titan, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Fairy Tail, Case Closed, Space Dandy, Aldnoah Zero, Michiko & Hatchin, Your Lie in April, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Super Wings, LEGO Friends, Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty, Mob Psycho 100, Ace Attorney, and The Seven Deadly Sins.

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of directing/asst. directing such titles as: One Punch Man, Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, The Asterisk War, The Seven Deadly Sins, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Mob Psycho 100, and Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World.

As a writer, he has adapted and/or assisted on scripts for Case Closed, Negima, Witchblade, Ouran HighSchool Host Club, Bamboo Blade, AM Driver, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Blood Lad, Initial D, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Occultic; Nine, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, and The Seven Deadly Sins.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games. Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken, Tatsu in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Face McShooty in Borderlands 2, and Forsyth in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Samurai Dan and Jillian

Samurai Dan and Jillian

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.

With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

Cris George

Cris George

Cris George was raised in a small town south of Houston, Texas and spent the majority of his formative years making radio shows, acting in plays and shooting short films with friends.

He started his career at FUNimation in 2008 as an ADR Engineer and six years later he took the director’s seat and hasn’t looked back! Here are just a few of his favorite titles he’s directed: Black Clover, Wonder Egg Priority, Pop Team Epic, Listeners, Death Parade, Ghost In The Shell: Arise, Steins;Gate 0, Snow White with the Red Hair, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan! and Spy x Family.

At FUNimation, Cris voice acts in various titles and has been fortunate enough to play over 300 roles! Some of his more notable include: Sato, Death Arms and Gigantomachia in My Hero Academia, Bepo in One Piece, Botamo in Dragon Ball: Super, Lion in Africa Salaryman, Narrator in Black Clover, Tetsuo Takahashi in Interviews with Monster Girls, Robby in RobiHachi, Takeru Noto in Fire Force just to name a few!

In addition to his work at FUNimation, Cris has lent his voice to several video games including Borderlands 2, Trashmouth and Quietfoot in Borderlands 3, Strix in Paladins, and Yakon in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.

Jessica Cavanagh

Jessica Cavanagh

Jessica Cavanagh is a Dallas-based theatre artist, voice actor, and writer. As a staff writer with Funimation Entertainment, she’s adapted hundreds of episodes of Japanese anime for an English-speaking audience (some favorites are Golden Kamuy, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Sakura Quest, and Fuuka) and she’s also worked extensively as an actor in their English broadcast dubs, voicing roles in Attack on Titan (Carla Jaeger), Fairy Tail (Aquarius), Steins;Gate (Moeka/Shining Finger), Black Butler (Paula), One Piece (Curly Dadan), My Hero Academia (Inko Midoriya, Izuku’s sweet mama!), Karneval (Iva), Katana Maidens (Akane Origami), and many others. Her play, Self-Injurious Behavior, which is based loosely on her own experience as the parent of her autistic son and favorite human, Elijah, was just presented off-broadway at Urban Stages in NYC in April 2019. Jessica is passionate about telling women’s stories now that she’s actually tried it and she’s pretty determined to spend the rest of her life doing as much of that as possible!

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has been screaming into microphones for close to 25 years now! With over 376 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was honored to recently return to his role of Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Zeroin, having worked on the Saiyuki franchise for over 20 years. He can currently be heard as Po in Eminence and Shadow, As Kenta Kanzaki in The Dangers in My Heart, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Chai in Shenmue The Animation on Adult swim, and a super bad demon known only as “God” in Dark Gathering. Some other recent roles include Chota Segawa in Alice in Borderland (OAV), Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Frost in DragonBall Super, Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars, Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, and he even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic.

He is proud to be a part of the new “Pink Harvest” productions from Sentai Filmworks, in the roles of Izumi Sena in Lovestage, and Yabase in Hitorijime My Hero. Some other recent favorites include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, Doug in Gangsta, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Negi Springfield in Negima.

Of all of his many roles, his favorite will always be the real life role of “Little Brother” to voice actor Christopher Ayres. The little guy with a big Sippy Cup, and even bigger heart – who touched the world with his “Love and Laughter”.

Tom Fahn

Tom Fahn

Tom is best known as the voice of “Agumon” on the TV Series Digimon: Digital Monsters and recently reprised the role in the Digimon Adventure Tri movies and Video Game. Most recent Anime credits include Edens Zero for Bang Zoom! on Netflix and Cells at Work! Code Black for Funimation. Recent Video Game credits include Twin Mirror and One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows both for Bandai, as well as God of War for Sony. On Toonami Adult Swim, Tom’s voice can be heard on Dragon Ball Super, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hunter X Hunter, Naruto and Bleach, among others.

Memorable career roles include Stu the Turtle and a Male Ox in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown directed by Carlos Saldanha for 20th Century Fox. Some Anime fans may remember Tom’s memorable death scene as Rocco Bonnaro in Cowboy Bebop with Steve Blum, directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. A memorable Video Game credit includes begging for his life (yet again!) on Watchmen: The End Is Nigh directed by Collette Sunderman, and he’s also died several times, on several episodes, voicing several characters on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. A career highlight is working in the same studio on the old Hanna-Barbera lot where The Flintstones were recorded, playing the Woim in the Boid N Woim for Cartoon Network-What A Cartoon, directed by Kris Zimmerman.

From the early days of anime when it was known as Japanimation, other credits include The Guyver as Sho Fukamachi, and Orguss as Kei Katsuragi directed by Kevin Seymour. Originally from Huntington, New York, Tom always wanted to be an actor, but his greatest credits are his wife Dorothy, and their daughter. They live in Los Angeles where he is represented by the legendary Vanessa Gilbert at RSA.

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy is known for video game roles including Mercedes in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Tsumugi in Danganronpa V3, Chihiro & Sayaka in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and Rinea in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

In Anime she plays Pioran in To Your Eternity, Kie Kamado in Demon Slayer, Sai in The God of High School, Arte’s mom in Arte, Merribit in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Konan in Naruto, Meryl in Trigun, Melody in Hunter X Hunter, Margaret in The Seven Deadly Sins, An/Natsumi and Cyprine & Ptilol in Sailor Moon, Ms. Bustier in Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin, Nerine & Alberta in Violet Evergarden, Kawaru Natari in Kakegurui, Lech’s Mom/Takako’s Mom in Forest of Piano Fuuko/Sky Raker in Accel World, Naru in Love Hina, Kyoko in Sword Art Online, Marina in Kuromukuro, Yoshino in Bleach, Ms. Ochiai in Your Lie In April, Hana Saryu in Ai Tenchi Muyo!, Marryl and Bernadette in Little Witch Academia, Sneetch’s Mom in Doraemon, Nena/Empress in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Lillymon-Rosemon-Tai’s Mom and more in Digimon and Digimon Adventure Tri movies, Maiko in Kill La Kill, Sakura in Rock Lee, Ren Hakuei in Magi The Kingdom of Magic, Taro in Devilman Crybaby, Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu, Fujiko in Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, Yoko in The Twelve Kingdoms, Hagoromo Gitsune in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Mimori in S-CRY-ed, Suzu in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Matsuri in Lucky Star, Tomoe in Rozen Maiden, Ruka in Vampire Knight, Nina Purpleton in Gundam 0083, Kyouko in Asterisk War, Amane in Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Sophie in Code Geass, Francoise in Cyborg 009, Zan in Heroes: Legend of the Battle Disks, and many more.

Other video game credits include Pokemon Masters,Valkyria Chronicles 4, Death End Request 2, Phantasy Online 2, Naruto Shippuden Shining Resonance Refrain, World of Warcraft: Legion, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, 2 & 3, Elsword, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, League of Legends, Mugen Souls, Fairy Fencer F, Atelier Esha & Logy, Atelier Shallie, Persona 2, Star Ocean Till The End of Time, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Earth Defense Force 2025, Yuri in Seven Knights and Seven Knights 2 to name few. She is represented by CTC Talent in Los Angeles CA, and thanks her hubby, daughter and family for all their love and support!

John Stocker

John Stocker

John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry for over 5 decades, beginning his career as an on-camera performer and working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Ackroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Martin Short , Catherine O’Hara and William Shatner, before committing primarily to the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. A lot of you will recognize some of his classic roles – ‘Beastly’ in Care Bears, ‘Longarm’ in COPS, ‘Toad’ in Super Mario Brothers Supershow, the ’Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man’ in The Real Ghostbusters, ‘Newton Gimmick’ in Teddy Ruxpin, ‘Creed’ in X-Men, ‘Basil’ in Babar, ‘Thompson’ in Tin-Tin, ‘Ultron’ in The Avengers and ’Mr. Owl’ in Franklin, amongst countless others.

Over the years, John diversified his career to include voice casting, voice coaching (both commercial & animation), demo production, and voice directing. He’s been at the helm for dozens of productions, including ‘Totally Spies’, ‘Caillou’, ‘Fugget About It’, ‘Redakai’, ‘Mike the Knight’, ‘Martin Mystery’, ‘Beyblade’, ‘Medabots’, ‘Ella the Elephant’, ‘The Magic Hockey Skates’, ‘Rob the Robot’ and of course, the one that started his voice directing career, the original English language dub of ‘Sailor Moon’.

For a complete viewing of his industry credits please look him up on Wikipedia or I.M.D.B.. Follow him on Instagram (johnstockercreative)

Gareth West

Gareth West

Gareth is an actor, model, and voice actor based out of Texas. He is known for such Anime roles as; Ittetsu Takeda in Haikyu, Seiya Takehaya in Tsurune, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars, Haruka Shinozaki in My Girlfriend Is Shobitch, Lizard Misty in Saint Seiya, 2D in Golden Time, Akihiro Tsukaba in Chihayafuru, Tomoaki Yamagishi in O Maidens In Your Savage Season, and Dinkuron in Log Horizon. He is also currently playing the role of Jason Lee Scott the Red Power Ranger in the upcoming release Red Rising: A Power Rangers Fan Film. When not making anime voices or acting, Gareth enjoys basically anything nerdy under the sun. So whatever it is you are into, chances are you can come up and geek out. Because there is nothing he likes more than getting enthusiastic, and making new friends!



Coming from the Chicagoland area & living in the Twin Cities, JOEY Z64 is a nonbinary rapper making music for people who think too hard about everything all the time. Their music is a dark collection of LOUD, deeply personal feelings, cutting observations, & viciously insightful reflections.Their new projects deconstruct their complicated relationship with art & nostalgia— filthy, brain-rotting nostalgia, congealed with grimy retro soundtracks that feel like it should be the background music for a Third Strike combo video from 2008. There’s nobody who sounds like JOEY Z64!

See past guests: Past Guests, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Convention Hours

Dealers & Artists   Events & Panels
ThursdayTBA   ThursdayTBA
Friday1pm - 8pm   FridayNoon - 1am
Saturday   10am - 7pm   Saturday   10am - 1am
Sunday10am - 4pm   Sunday10am - 5pm

Grand Cosplay Competition

Grand Cosplay Contest

Our grand cosplay competition, previously called the 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.

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Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

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.

Video Games

Video Games

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!).

Tournament Information

Escape Room

Escape Room

You and your classmates must report to Room 202 for detention. But the classroom has been cursed by an onryō, a vengeful spirit, who has trapped you in the room! You have only 45 minutes to solve puzzles and riddles using clues and hints to escape the room and achieve one of several possible endings. Will you find a way to break the curse? - Experience interactive room adventures where you take part in a mystery, solve tricky puzzles and work as a team to reach a thrilling conclusion!

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Nightly Dance

Nightly Dances

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 Ball

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.

Date Auction's Fabulous Date Auction

Unrivaled by any other convention,'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. (Signups to be auctioned required, rules and restrictions apply).



AniMinneapolis features epic concerts with some awesome nerdy musicians like YTCracker. We have also featured musical intermissions and performances by other bands doing sci-fi and anime themed performances. Each year has fun musical events!

Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe

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.)

Apply to be a maid or butler here.



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. Panels can be run by fans about their favorite subjects, they could be organized by our staff, or they could be hosted by our very own guests of honor. Want to run a panel? Go to the event submission page.



We are excited to feature tons of cosplay events, in addition to the mainstage grand 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 grand cosplay competition, 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!


AMV Contest 2023

Attention all AniMinneapolis attendees! Get ready for an epic showdown of anime music videos in our highly anticipated AMV contest! This is your chance to showcase your creative skills and win big! The stakes are high as the winner will receive free tickets to our next convention, and trust us, you won't want to miss it. The contest will be held on Sunday morning at 11am in panel Room 1, so make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms. To enter the contest, simply send an email to the one and only Samantha at Don't wait, this is your time to shine and show off your incredible talent. Join us for an unforgettable experience and see who will take home the grand prize!

Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop Gaming

We are very proud to feature Flame Point Games as the host to our tabletop gaming room. Here you will be able to playtest and purchase games that are published by local Minnesota companies. Check out Flame Point Games website to learn about some of their games!

Anime Screenings

Anime Screenings

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.

Room Parties

Room Parties

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.

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining: Chicago’s largest convention arcade provider. We specialize in providing Midwest conventions with superior arcade machines, blending classic American Arcades with Japanese rhythm games. Featured favorites are: House of the Dead, Jubeat, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Nostalgia, and everyone’s favorite— Dance Dance Revolution! Join us at conventions across the Midwest! Check them out at a convention where you can enjoy all sorts of arcade games, dance games, music games, and more, in the convention’s gaming room!

Events run from Friday 10am through Sunday around 6pm. Want to run an event? Click here for details.

Panels and Other Stuff

Every 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
More panels and events are being added regularly. Do you want to run one? Click here for details.

Vendors for AniMinneapolis 2024

  • triforce cosplay and accessories 40x10
  • Anime Haus 40x10
  • Bakken Cosplay 40x10
  • Samurai West 40x10
  • Blade daddy 40x10
  • Blade daddy 40x10
  • Purple Plum Inc 30x10
  • DC-Imports 30x10
  • Cartoon Passion 30x10
  • TeeTurtle & Unstable Games 20x10
  • Jukebox Imports 20x10
  • Anime palace 20x10
  • Loyal K.N.G. 20x10
  • Elysium Armory 20x10
  • JPNTOYS 20x10
  • Kawaii Junkii 20x10
  • collectors universe and anime 20x10
  • DC-Imports 20x10
  • Blade daddy 20x10
  • Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop 20x10
  • CJ Autographs 20x10
  • Hearth & Home Woodcrafts 10x10
  • Art By Quinton x NonToxic NerdCulture 10x10
  • Anime Dreams 10x10
  • Comic Endeavors, LLC 10x10
  • Drip Drop Labs 10x10
  • Freeze dried Kittyhawk Krunch 10x10
  • PokePalooza 10x10
  • Jedi Master's Toys 10x10
  • Ruby Art 10x10
  • Birdybomb 10x10
  • Frost Concessions 10x10
  • Memehub LLC 10x10
  • 2D X Me 10x10
  • Mystic healing stones 10x10
  • E.Moore Art Studio 10x10
  • Neon Culture 10x10
  • Clay Me cuties 10x10
  • City Morgue 10x10

Artists at AniMinneapolis 2024

  • @rtisticmonkeys
  • Ai Mochi Arts
  • AikaVT Art
  • Amanda Nelson Design Co
  • aSinglePolygon
  • AstroManatee
  • Briar and Spindle
  • Brownrabbits
  • Cafe Hellmouth
  • Custom Processing Unlimited
  • deckitout
  • DragonAvenger Crafts
  • Dreaming Dragon Studio
  • Fira Rae Paulsen
  • Flipside Comics
  • gambiedare
  • Happime Sinome
  • InstantMisoSoup's Arts
  • Interstellar Dice
  • ishieStore
  • JBlake Design
  • jessiekruseart
  • jovasvision
  • Kelsey Matcha
  • Kori-Oujo
  • Love Rainie
  • LucidSky
  • Mel Shardae
  • Midgart
  • OneCornerSquare
  • PinkApple Arts
  • Prismafire Studio
  • Rsenic Rin
  • Rubber Punk Producktions
  • Sagemoon Arts
  • Sagemoon Arts
  • Sarah Vara
  • Scout Bennett
  • Sculptural Renaissance
  • Sleepy Celestial
  • softcenteregg
  • SpacetOad
  • Spectacular Ears
  • SpookySniper Monster Labs
  • Squiqo Shop
  • supahhnan
  • The Art of C.K
  • The Art of Jeremy Provost
  • TK Studios
  • Trytryagain
  • Twitching Kittens
  • Unicorn Massacres Designs
  • West Wind Crochet
  • Wooperworks
  • Xoaiu
  • YOBB & LEA Designs
  • Yumi Nee
  • Zilla's Art
  • zukululuu
The AniMinneapolis Dealer's Room is an epic place to find all your favorite anime merchandise. Vendors will be selling things ranging from custom-made outfits, to plushies, to DVDs, to comics, and everything else in between.

Photography is generally not permitted in the dealer's room, to prevent people from stopping in the middle of aisles and making it hard to get around. Excessively large props will typically not be allowed in the dealer's room. AniMinneapolis enjoys giving attendees the flexibility to bring most reasonable sized props (smaller than you) into the vendor room, and we ask that you respect other attendees by being mindful of props and large costume pieces.

For additional information about becoming a dealer, click here.

The artist alley is a place to meet artists, buy handmade crafty-things, see beautiful works of art, get commissions, and buy cool artsy things! Come to the AniMinneapolis artist alley to see some really cool and unique art works, and possibly even commission your own.

Becoming an Artist Alley Participant
All of our artist alley tables are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis unless we are given other reason to reject you (ie: previous rule-breaking). Tables will be 6'x30", depending on what the hotel has available. This is subject to change in future years.

Artist's Alley Policies
  • Any objectionable content must be limited to viewers 18+ with proper identification. Anyone found selling objectionable content to minors may have their table revoked.
  • Artwork must have significant originality to meet copyright laws. EG: eyeballing or tracing artwork and selling it is not permitted.
  • Work that is not created by the table owner (manufactured plushies, buttons, etc, that you didn't make either yourself or in collaboration with another) can not be sold as an artist - these are items that only dealers can sell.
  • Only two chairs are allowed at each artist alley table, and your work must not exceed the space allotted to your table. While multiple artists may share a table, they must not exceed the space allotted.
  • Artist's Alley is going to be in a room that is locked at night.
  • We are not responsible for anything lost or stolen.
  • Rules may be amended or altered by AniMinneapolis staff at any time, and decisions by AniMinneapolis staff are final.
Any questions can be directed through our contact form.

COMPLETE RULES and HOURS: are the same as the rules and hours for dealers.

For Potential Artist Alley Members
By registering online, you agree to these terms and conditions.

Electricity is $75.

Check this page to see if space is available.

Click here to get notified whenever tables become available.

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