Animate! Columbus

AFTER DARK

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After Dark
Cosplay Competition

The sultry side of cosplay is on display in this runway-style contest that aims to crown the sexiest cosplayers of the night! All levels are welcome; we are not just looking at what you are wearing (or aren’t wearing), but also for the attitude.

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Cosplay Cabaret

The wildest variety show in the galaxy takes center stage every Saturday night at Animate!. Featuring the nation’s premier nerdlesque, crossplay, and variety acts, The After Dark Cabaret shines the glittery spotlight on the naughty side of fandom.

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Karaoke

Become the singing sensation you are absolutely convinced you are and join us for our nightly Karaoke sessions, singing everything from the Ghostbusters theme to your favorite anime opening theme song!

Dance Parties

Feel the music and hit the dance floor at one of our many themed Dance Parties or Raves! Come hang out with us at our Kpop Bash or reach levels over 9000 at the Kamehameha Rave!

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Comedy Events

End the night with laughter as you check out one of our many Comedy Events featuring stand-up showcases from Lisa Corrao and Tyler Wood, as well as improv and sketch comedy from 8th floor improv.

18+ Panels

Need a place to unwind after all that partying? Maybe have a relaxing moment and color some adult-themed pictures? Perhaps you can listen to our various panels discussing the mature side of fandom? There’s something for everyone!... provided they have photo ID proving they are 18 years or older.