Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 cosplayers at CONvergence 2018. Madeleine Vasaly

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? 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 2019. 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.)

January

CONsole Room (January 4–6, 2019)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Doctor Who

Sub-Zero Comic Con (January 19, 2019)
Richfield, MN
Theme: Comics

March

MarsCon (March 1–3, 2019)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy

Anime Detour (March 29–31, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

Fullmetal Alchemist cosplayers at Anime Detour 2018. Katie Dockter

April

Minicon (April 19–21, 2019)
Saint Louis Park, MN (new location)
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy

ComicCard (April 27, 2019)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Comics, collectibles

May

MCBA MSP Spring ComiCon (May 18–19, 2019)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Comics

AniMinneapolis (May 24–26, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

June

4th Street Fantasy (June 13–16, 2019)
St. Louis Park, MN
Theme: Fantasy

MLP-MSP (June 14–16, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: My Little Pony

July

CONvergence (July 4–7, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN (new location)
Theme: Sci fi, fantasy

Diversicon (July 26–28, 2019)
St. Paul, MN
Theme: Sci fi, diversity

Attendees gathering at CONvergence 2018. Madeleine Vasaly

August

AfreakCON (August 7, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: BIPOC comics and sci fi

NerdinOut Con (August 10–11, 2019)
Rochester, MN
Theme: Comics, pop culture

2D Con (August 23–25, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN (new location)
Theme: Gaming

Meta Con (August 30–September 1, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Sci fi, Anime, gaming

September

Crypticon (September 6–8, 2019)
Bloomington, MN
Theme: Horror, sci fi

Furry Migration (September 6–8, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Furries

LionCon (September 21–22, 2019)
St. Cloud, MN
Theme: Cosplay, gaming, anime, pop culture

October

MCBA MSP Fall ComiCon (October 2019)
Roseville, MN
Theme: Comics

Anime Fusion (October 18–20, 2019)
Plymouth, MN
Theme: Anime, manga, gaming

Gaylaxicon (October 18–20, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Multigenre convention with an LGBTQA+ focus

November

GalaxyCon (November 8–10, 2019)
Minneapolis, MN
Theme: Comics, science fiction, pop culture, gaming

X-Men and Black Panther cosplayers

Cosplayers at Minnesota Fan Fusion 2018. Photo by Madeleine Vasaly

Other Events

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

And don’t miss our 2019 Minnesota convention guides to conventions for gamers and kid-friendly cons!

So is your 2019 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 you’ll find something for your liking.

Need some helpful advice to kick off your cosplay adventures? 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 2019.

We hope to see you at one of these cons in 2019. 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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