2021 Costume Contest

It’s almost time for Gen Con’s 35th annual Costume Contest! Whether you want to put together your best cosplay and compete, or just check out all the amazing creativity, the Costume Contest is a must-see event at Gen Con!

You’ll find the Costume Contest on the Main Stage in the 500 Ballroom at 4 pm on Saturday, September, 18. For spectators, the Costume Contest is a free, ticketed event. Attendees without tickets may be seated if space allows, but priority is given to those with tickets, so save your seat by registering for ENT21182503. A Gen Con 2021 badge is required for entry.

The Costume Contest will also be livestreamed on our Twitch channel!


Note: Due to health and safety concerns, there will be no Costume Parade this year.


Our policies for costumes, cosplays, weapons, and props can be found on the Policies and Show Info page.


Ragnaros the Firelord


Contestants Wanted

Frost Spec'd Death Knight Want to enter the Costume Contest? The 2021 Entry Form includes the rules, general information, and next steps. In order to register for the contest, you must have a Gen Con 2021 badge, and two generic tickets (cash is not accepted). You can pick up some generic tickets at the Customer Service counter, located in the Wabash East concourse.

You can also pre-register by mailing your form to the address at the top of the form — must be postmarked before September 8.


Important: You MUST attend the Costume Contest check-in on-site on Saturday between 9:30 am and 1 pm. Can’t wait to see your costumes!


Costume Parade

Due to health and safety concerns, there will be no Costume Parade this year.


Ash, Squirtle, and friends

Saturday Timetable

  • 9 am — Deadline to drop entries at the Information Booth
  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm — Costume Contest Check-In (ICC: 500 Reception)
    No one will be entered in the Costume Contest after check-in has closed.
  • 3 pm – Contestants/Participants line up for Costume Parade (outside Hall A)
  • 3:45 pm — Contestants report to line up for the Costume Contest.
  • 4 pm — Costume Contest begins!