Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

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DC cosplayers at CONvergence 2017. Photo by Madeleine Vasaly

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately at the bottom of this page.)


Blizzard World Minneapolis ComiCon (February 17, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Comics


MarsCon (March 2–4, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy

Minicon (March 30–April 1, 2018)
Saint Louis Park, MN (new location in 2018)
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy


Anime Detour (April 6–8, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN (new location in 2018)
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

ComicCard (April 14, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Comics, collectibles


CONsole Room (May 11–13, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Doctor Who

MCBA Spring ComiCon (May 19–20, 2018)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Comics

AniMinneapolis (May 25–27, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

MantiCon (May 25–27, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Military sci fi and fantasy

The MCBA convention floor

MCA Fall ComiCon 2017. Photo by Madeleine Vasaly


4th Street Fantasy (June 22–24, 2018)
St. Louis Park, MN
Theme: Fantasy


CONvergence (July 5–8, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy

Chapel Con (July 21–22, 2018)
Albert Lea, MN
Theme: Comics, pop culture

Diversicon (July 27–29, 2018)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Sci fi, diversity


Minnesota Fan Fusion (formerly Minnesota Fan Fest) (August 3–5, 2018)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Comics, pop culture

2D Con (August 3–5, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Gaming

AfreakCon (August 17–18, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: African-American/Black/Brown contributions to nerd culture

PokéCon (TBA)
Saint Louis Park, MN
Theme: Pokémon

Meta Con (August 31–September 2, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Sci fi, Anime, gaming


Final Fantasy XV cosplayers

A group of Final Fantasy XV cosplayers at Meta Con 2017. Photo by DockterCosplay


Furry Migration (September 7–9, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Furries

NerdinOut Con (September 8–9, 2018)
Rochester, MN
Theme: Comics, pop culture

LionCon (September 22–23, 2018)
St. Cloud, MN
Theme: Cosplay, gaming, anime, pop culture


MCBA Fall ComiCon (October 6, 2018)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Comics

Earp-a-palooza (October 12–14, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Wynonna Earp

Anime Fusion (October 20–22, 2018)
Saint Louis Park, MN
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

Crypticon (October 26–28, 2018)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Horror, sci fi


Supernatural Official Convention (November 2–4, 2018)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Supernatural

Other Events

Conventions aren’t the only places to cosplay! There are a number of other costume-friendly events in Minnesota, including:

So is your 2018 cosplay calendar full now? Do you have enough time to get your sewing done, wigs styled, and props built? Of course you do—the year has just begun! And if all of this still isn’t enough for you, trust us when we say there are plenty of other conventions in neighboring states and all over the world. So we’re sure that you’ll find something for your liking.

Need some helpful advice to kick off your cosplay adventures for 2018? Check out our guide to “Cosplay Cost Saving” in Minnesota or “6 Essential Tools Every Cosplay Crafter Should Own” to get started! Stay tuned for more articles and tutorials on cosplay in 2018.

We hope to see you at one of these cons in 2018! And of course, if we missed any, please email us or let us know in the comments below so we can add them to our list. (Be sure to also add them to our free community calendar!)


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