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Each year Sakura-con hosts a variety of contests. We accept a wide range of participants, from first time artists to professionals, as long as you’re a registered member. There are a variety of prizes and categories, and room for everyone to compete. Many of these contests require entry deadlines prior to the convention, so check for updates!

AMV Contest

Sakura-Con’s AMV Contest is a mesmerizing blend of music and anime in the form of music videos created by fans such as yourself! After a meticulous pre-judging process, we exhibit an exquisite selection in a professionally presented event where the audience picks the winner! The Contest is open to anyone, local or foreign, beginner or professional. Attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged

Opening Ceremonies Video

Your entry could be featured in our Opening Ceremony! Creators of the winning entry will be awarded 2 complimentary memberships.

Cosplay Contest

Sakura-Con 2024 Cosplay Contest See your favorite characters come to life on stage!  The Sakura-Con Cosplay Contest  is a competition showcase of costume construction and stage performance, open to Cosplayers of all levels of experience.  This is not a Popularity Contest or a Look-a-Like Contest.  You may choose to sign up for Construction (sometimes known as Craftsmanship) Only (Display), Performance Only , or Performance AND Construction   (limit one entry per person).

Extremely Hard Take-Home Anime Quiz is Available

This is a multiple-choice, open-book, take-home quiz that begins on the Sakura-con site three weeks before the convention.

Karaoke Contest

Sakura-Con Idol 2024   Sakura-Con’s 2024 Karaoke Contest is a two-part karaoke idol contest. You must have a badge to attend Sakura-Con on both Friday and Saturday to participate in this contest. Please read all of the rules carefully before signing up as they have changed significantly. For tips to get you ready for the contest, watch this short video: Karaoke Contest Tips To view our SongBook, visit this page: Karaoke SongBook

Mascot Contest

Welcome to the Sakura-Con Mascot Contest. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm April 24 th 2023 and will only be accepted electronically. No entries will be accepted after this point and prizing information will be available later. For a complete...

Mecha Modeling

Come visit the Mecha Modeling Room (214) for open build time, skill building and tutorials (check the programming schedule), and a Mecha Building Contest! The room will be open Friday from 10am to midnight, Saturday from 9am to midnight, and Sunday...

Scavenger Hunt

The SakuraQuest Scavenger Hunt returns, this time leading you on a journey to explore the natural beauty of Japan. The trail opens at 10am on Friday; grab a trail guide at Info Booth or go to www.sakuraquest.org to begin! Find all 10 locations, then head to the ranger station in Summit 323 to get an exclusive mascot pin.