Come and see one of the biggest events that will happen at Anime Milwaukee, the Cosplay Masquerade! Whether you plan to strut your stuff or just want to watch the show, there’s something for everyone to see. This cosplay contest is one of our biggest events of the weekend.

Want to register to participate?

Masquerade Registration

Participation in the Masquerade is simple: check in on Friday, participate in quick pre-judging on Saturday, joining the mandatory pre-show meetup before the event, and finally participate in the show!


Registration and check in for the Masquerade is located in Masquerade HQ (Room 102B in the Wisconsin Center) on Friday from noon to 8 pm.


During registration and check-in, you will pick a pre-judgment 10 min. time slot for Saturday, from 8 am to 1 pm. You will spend 10 minutes with our fabulous panel of judges, who will critique you and your cosplay. Come dressed as your character–and don’t forget to be IN character!


All participants (Walk-Ons, Group Walk-Ons, Skits and Exhibitions) are required to join us from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Main Programming. Reminder: Any contestants who do not attend this will risk disqualification. We will show you the ins and outs of being backstage and onstage for the Masquerade.


Have any tech needs or want to see the space? This is your chance to try your routine onstage. Open to all participants! If you have a skit, please be ready to perform. Each group will run through their skit with their necessary media (i.e. audio). On Saturday from 9 am to 11 am, this open-format tech rehearsal is designed to fit your schedule; come when convenient. Be warned: it’s first-come first-serve. Those who attend are guaranteed a minimum of 5 minutes on stage. Additional time will be allotted as needed when demand is low. Please bring your music files and any props you need. Non-participants will void their right to complain about tech issues if they do not attend.


The Masquerade will begin at 6 pm in Main Programming. Time to sit back, relax and watch cosplayers’ show off months of hard work onstage while you cheer for your favorite contestants!


The Hallway Masquerade contest is back! Don’t want to sign up for the main event, but still want to show off your costume?

Visit the Masquerade HQ anytime Friday, from 12 pm to 8 pm or Saturday, from 8 am to 4 pm. The winners for the both days will be announced on Saturday night, during the award portion of the Masquerade. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner for each day, but you must be present at the Masquerade to win!