Welcome to Destination Cosplay! If you’re a cosplayer, or if you love and appreciate cosplay, then Destination Cosplay is where you want to be, what you want to see, and how you want to enjoy your Anime NYC!

There’s a far-reaching community of cosplay waiting to welcome you with open arms. Level up your craft, connect with cosplay enthusiasts, and take in all the artistic sights there are to see from the world of cosplay at Anime NYC. Whether you’re a total beginner, somewhat experienced, a full-blown award-winning professional cosplayer, or just love people watching amazing cosplayers, there’s something for you at Destination Cosplay.

Cosplay Masquerade

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Day: Saturday | Time: 8:30 PM | Main Stage

Anime NYC’s Masquerade, presented by Arisu Anime, is THE can’t-miss event of the weekend! Watch incredible performers take the Main Stage in their biggest and brightest anime-themed cosplay. Be dazzled and amazed as they move to the music and entertain you with their wackiest and most spot-on impressions and poses! Our contestants will be competing for fabulous prizes and awards, and of course fame, honor, and glory!

Cosplay Meetups

All weekend long | The Crystal Palace

Ready to meet up with other Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball, or Blue Lock fans? Grab a group photo with other fans of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or Genshin Impact? Then you’re in the right place! Meetups will be hosted in the Crystal Palace Lobby and are a great way to gather other gorgeous cosplayers of all skill levels together for a group photo. Make new friends, encourage fellow cosplayers, and have a great time celebrating your shared love of anime!

Cosplay Panels

All weekend long | Panel Room 5 1D05-06

Anime NYC offers an astounding array of cosplay panels that cater to cosplayers of all backgrounds and skill levels. From beginners seeking tips on crafting their first costume to seasoned veterans sharing their expertise on advanced techniques, there’s something for everyone. These panels provide a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to exchange ideas, showcase their creativity, and build a sense of community within the diverse world of cosplay. Cosplay is for everyone, and Anime NYC is excited to showcase local NYC as well as regional panels discussing cosplay, craftsmanship, and community.

Cosplay Repair

All weekend long | Room 1E05

Anime NYC is excited to partner with the Paladins of Cosplay and to assist our cosplay community with tears, rips, popped seams and more. If you’re in  need of a little cosplay TLC, then head to Room 1E05 for Cosplay Repair.

Looking for a costume change? There are also changing stalls located in the space, so you can cosplay up or dress down, whatever you’re in the mood for! Stay flawless as you cosplay your heart out during Anime NYC and trust that there’s always someone in Cosplay Repair who has your back and can get your cosplay back up to presentable in no time.

Cosplay Applications

Cosplay Guest Judge for the Masquerade

Thank you for your interest in being a Cosplay Guest Judge for our Masquerade! Please note that this is a rolling application that is kept open all year long and for every show year. You may not receive any response from us if you fill out this form. We will only reach out to you if we are interested in having you as a judge. We do appreciate your understanding.