Anime Expo is North America’s largest anime and manga convention. Fans of Anime get to dress up in their best cosplay and participate in a main masquerade, masquerade ball, and several other costume contests throughout the event.
July 1-4, 2016
Big Bear Renaissance Faire
Attendees to the Big Bear Renaissance Faire should break out their best corsets, stockings, and heeled suede boots for a month-long celebration that involves a lot of folly filled role play. Fair maidens and knights can look forward to jousting, belly dancers, an archery tournament, musicians and singers, live history encampments and much more.
August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2016
Dapper Day is a two-day event that occurs twice a year at Disneyland in Anaheim. The free event celebrates ‘stylish living from yesterday and today.’ Guests dress up in fashionable vintage duds and have the opportunity to expand their retro wardrobes by shopping at the different vintage vendor selections attending the expo. Not just for shopping, Dapper Day attendees can enjoy the live music and dancing that’s planned for each event.
November 5-6, 2016
Disneyland, 1313 Disney Land Drive, Anaheim, CA, USA +1 714 781 4636
Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is celebrated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. All are encouraged to dress up in Day of the Dead costume complete with traditional La Calavera Catrina (dapper skeleton/elegant skull) face paint and attire. Altars are placed throughout the event to help attendees pay homage to their dead loved ones. And they’re treated to fine Mexican cuisine and arts and crafts for purchase.
LA Cosplay Con
LA Cosplay Con is a one-day, annual, family-friendly event that involves consummate vendors, panels and video game competitions. But perhaps it’s crowning glory is a huge costume competition where the focus is craftsmanship and stage presence. Note: there’s a big afterparty for all guests.
June 11, 2016
Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball
Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball celebrates fantasy cosplay. The two-night event see attendees in imaginative fairy-like attire engaging in drink and dance. There’s also live entertainment from fantasy artists. Note: wearing costumes fitting the year’s theme is encouraged.
August 5-6, 2016
‘The art of monsters and movie magic’ is celebrated twice a year at Monsterpalooza. In addition to meet and greets with monster movie stars, vendor booths, and monster memorabilia on display, there’s the opportunity to be turned into a real live monster by a professional special effect makeup artist. Attendees come dressed up in everything from classic movie monsters like Wolfman to more modern scary dudes like Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show.
September 16-18, 2016
RuPaul’s DragCon offers meet and greet and Q&A sessions with drag stars, make-up and styling workshops for men and women, drag discussion groups, and lip sync contests. It’s also a platform for fans of all ages to strut their stuff in their best drag.
April 29-30, 2017
Wasteland Weekend is a four-day post-apocalyptic party in the Mojave desert that has been going strong since 2010. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in dystopian threads. And just this year they added a Wasteland car show so you can check out rides outfitted to look like they belong in the Thunderdome. If you’ve got a passion for all things Mad Max, then this is the event for you.
September 22-25, 2016
Wondercon is the sister show to the epic Comic-Con International. In addition to the various panels, merchandise booths, giveaways, and the like, participants can look forward to dressing up in their best cosplay. They can compete in costume contests or attend the popular masquerade.
March 31-April 2, 2017