Anime-ZAP! features over fifty different events every year, with hundreds of attendees joining us in our celebration of fandom. Anime-ZAP! is proud to feature more events than most other conventions in the area.
Our masquerade will be a fun chance to show off your costumes and hilarious or creative skits. Join in giving the audience an awesome show, or come be that audience. Participants sign up near our registration desk at the con. Online signup is available when the con is between 60 and 10 days from now. You can sign up at the con until we're full.
Our exhibit hall includes a ton of awesome anime, video game, and manga dealers, in addition to several awesome artists who are selling their original artworks, buttons, and other creations. Dealers will be selling everything that a fan could want including costumes, pocky, DVDs, plushies, and beyond.
Epic Rave Dances
We have several official, amazing DJs coming to play at Anime-ZAP!, including Party Monster DJs, Lucid Beats, and DJ 0s0. We know how to break it down with awesome EDM dance music (hey, that's redundant!). Jumpstyle. Hardstyle. Techno. Trance. Maybe even dubstep? No stops in the music and no bad DJs.
Our video gaming area features 32" LCDs screens and more, with video gaming tournaments happening all weekend. We also have table top board games, card games, Magic, etc.
Formal Fantasy Cosplay Ball
As a special treat, our convention holds an annual formal fantasy ball every year. Admission is free to all convention attendees with their badge/wristband. 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
Unlike any other convention (except Dante's own conventions), 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 fellow cosplayers to the highest bidder. Money goes towards improving the con, and 10% of all winning bids is donated to charity.
Anime-ZAP! features epic concerts every year including fantastic guests playing everything from anime theme song covers to unique shows filled with noir, rock, and tremendous energy. Everything about Anime-ZAP!'s concerts is awesome.
Anime-ZAP! 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 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. There are usually panels covering things like Cosplay 101, wigs, lolita fashion, and beyond.
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.
Over 65+ events total.
There are also numerous panels and events not listed here happening at the convention, ranging from panels to demos to workshops. Please check out our website regularly so that you can find a more complete list when we post our program guide closer to the convention.
- Cosplay Events and Contests
Our cosplay contest is an exciting on-stage showing of your favorite cosplays and costumes. We have a massive stage and great lighting to make your cosplay look neat. Almost half our attendees are cosplaying all weekend, in character.
- Dances and Entertainment
We have techno/rave dances every night, with DJs who know their stuff. We also have some awesome, entertaining panels, events, and programming.
- Interactive Events
We have special events and workshops all weekend. These range from hosted games like Death Note Mafia, discussions on designing fashions, to our formal dance complete with formal dance lessons.
- Panels And Stuff
We have several dozen panels every year on your favorite topics. Whether you love Homestuck or Death Note, we'll have some kind of panel or event for your favorite fandom.
More Of Our Panels
These are just some of the panels we have had at past Anime-ZAP! events. More are added as attendees and special guests submit their own panels and events. Scroll to the top for information about the full schedule!
- Mainstage Cosplay Contest
- Date Auction
- Fantasy Cosplay Ball
- Anime Rave Dances
- Fashion Show
- Formal Dance Lessons
- Kingdom Hearts Panel
- Dante's Guide To Picking Up Women
- Origami Related Panels
- Con Survival Guide Panels
- Video Game Panels
- Lolita Fashion Panels
- Learn the Hare Hare Yukai
- Fanfiction 101
- Mock-Combat Battlefield
- Square Enix Pairings
- Yuri/Yaoi Panels
- AMV Tutorials
- Old School Anime
- Ball Jointed Dolls Discussion
- Japanese Ghost Stories
- Crossplay Both Ways
- Various Anime Screenings
- Various Gaming Tournaments
- Various Photoshoots
- Various Fan Meetups