Anime St. Pete 2024 is brimming with exciting contests and main events designed to celebrate and showcase the incredible talents of the community. The 3rd annual event is September 28-29 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.
Contests that involve pre-registration: Applications are open until August 15. If accepted to participate, you will receive a link to create a bio on the event website. This bio will allow you to add photos and videos, and share your background, becoming a part of our contest marketing.

craftsmanship cosplay contest

Unveil your masterful creations at the Craftsmanship Cosplay Contest! Cosplayers can showcase their meticulously crafted costumes, competing for cash prizes and trophies. Esteemed guest cosplayers will judge the intricate details and dedication of each entry. This contest is a unique opportunity to impress and gain recognition from some of the most talented figures in the cosplay community. Awards include cash prizes of $500, and trophies.

runway cosplay contest

Showcase your character’s charisma at the Runway Cosplay Contest during Anime St. Pete 2024! Open to all ages, this non-crafts-based contest focuses on character-accurate portrayals and vibrant personalities. No pre-registration is required—simply register at the convention front desk on Sunday up to 2 hours before the contest. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third places.

makeup/sfx competition

Makeup artists and SFX enthusiasts are invited to showcase their transformative skills in our unique Makeup/SFX Competition, one of the few standalone competitions in the nation. Judged exclusively from the neck up, this competition offers a unique opportunity for artists to demonstrate their mastery in creating captivating makeup looks. Awards include cash prizes of $200 and trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

lip sync competition

Get ready to own the stage in our Lip Sync Competition! We’re calling on all performers to bring their A-game and deliver a show-stopping performance. This is your chance to shine, captivate the audience, and showcase your talent and charisma. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or a newcomer, this competition promises to be a highlight of the event, offering you the perfect platform to express your creativity and entertain the crowd. Awards include cash prizes of $200 and trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

tiktok short film festival

Apply now for the TikTok Film Festival, an exhilarating event where contestants compete to create the best anime-themed short films. This festival celebrates creativity and innovation, inviting you to showcase your storytelling skills within TikTok’s brief, engaging format. We encourage creators from all backgrounds to bring their unique perspectives to life, crafting compelling narratives that captivate both audiences and judges. Awards include cash prizes of $200 and trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

idol showcase

Anime St. Pete’s Idol Showcase is an exciting competition where contestants vie for anime glory by performing K-pop and J-pop routines. This vibrant event celebrates the energetic and colorful worlds of Korean and Japanese pop music, drawing talented performers from all over to showcase their dance moves, vocal skills, and stage presence. Participants bring their favorite anime-inspired performances to life, creating an electrifying atmosphere filled with dazzling costumes and dynamic choreography. Awards include trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Applications coming soon (check the website).

video game tournament

The Anime St. Pete Video Game Tournament is an exhilarating event where gamers of all skill levels compete in a variety of popular titles for the ultimate bragging rights. This tournament offers a thrilling arena for participants to showcase their gaming prowess, strategy, and reflexes. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or a casual player, the tournament promises intense matches, enthusiastic crowds, and the chance to win fantastic prizes. No pre-registration needed- apply on Saturday. Video game to be used for the tournament to be announced soon.

Surrounded by Amazing Cosplay

Anime St. Pete 2022 and 2023 showcased an array of breathtaking cosplay. Here’s the long version of a cosplay compilation video from year-1 and year-2. Join us for year-3!

Tickets are on sale

Early bird tickets through June 30

  • Saturday $20
  • Sunday $15
  • Weekend pass $30


Regular price tickets till September 27

  • Saturday $25
  • Sunday $20
  • Weekend pass $40


Price at door September 28-29

  • Saturday $30
  • Sunday $25
  • Weekend pass $45