2020 Cosplay, Games, Anime Events in Singapore

INTRODUCTION
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Welcome to a list and calendar of the anime, manga, games, and cosplay related events here in Singapore. If you are an anime fan, gamer, or Japanese culture lover – These are the events that you should not miss out on. Pack your bags, get your cameras ready, and prepare your costumes!

P.S. I will try to update this list occasionally, but cannot monitor it every single day – Please do comment below if there are event updates and if I missed out any.

 

 

QUARTER 1 (JAN TO MAR) 2020

ARATA J-CULTURE CREATIVE MARKET

Arata is a creative market hosting several artist booths.

WHEN
4 Jan 2020 – 1100 to 1800
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

SINGAPORE LARP: BATTLE ARENA

LARP stands for “live-action role play”, and Singapore does have a small community of LARPers. Do join in if you are interested in some “old style physical exercise”.

WHEN
11 Jan 2020 – 1800 to 2130
WHERE
Parkland Green, East Coast Park
ADMISSION
$10, equipment rental is separate if you want to join in.
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

HARAJUKU FASHION WALK SINGAPORE

Harajuku fashion walk celebrates the Harajuku fashion (and culture) by parading down the streets of Singapore in style – Fashion and Japanese culture fans, feel free to join in and just enjoy a nice slow walk.

WHEN
8 Feb 2020 – 1600
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay!
LINKS

HANAMI POP UP MARKET

This is a small pop up market featuring various artist booths.

WHEN
23 Feb 2020 – 1100 to 1900
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

SAKURA MATSURI

Ah, the sakura season right here in the heart of tropical Singapore. Enjoy the sakura in the Flower Dome in Gardens By The Bay, Japanese foods, performances, and more.

WHEN
6 to 29 Mar 2020 – 0900 to 2100
ADMISSION
$12 (adult) $8 (child and senior)
NOTES
Try to book the tickets online in advance if you don’t want to queue.
LINKS

 

QUARTER 2 (APR TO JUN) 2020

MAY 4 STAR WARS DAY

May the force be with you, a day for Star Wars fans to remember.

WHEN
4 May 2020
WHERE
TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
Events will probably pop up island-wide.
LINKS
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HARAJUKU FASHION WALK SINGAPORE

Harajuku fashion walk, quarter 2 meet up.

WHEN
Q2 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay!
LINKS

DOUJIN MARKET

In layman terms, Doujin can be translated as “fanart by independent self-published artists”. Yep, Doujin Market is something like Comiket of Singapore.

WHEN
9 & 10 May 2020 – Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

 

 

QUARTER 3 (JUL TO SEP) 2020

COSFEST

Cosfest is another of the big events in Singapore, that is “officially” dedicated to cosplay – They have a different theme every year.

WHEN
18 & 19 Jul 2020 – 1100 to 1900
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

HARAJUKU FASHION WALK SINGAPORE

Harajuku fashion walk, quarter 3 meet up.

WHEN
Q3 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay!
LINKS

PRINCE PARADE

A female-oriented event hosting booths with goodies for the ladies.

WHEN
Q3 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

SINGAPORE NATSU MATSURI

Organized by the Japanese Association of Singapore (JAS), get a slice of Japanese culture here in Singapore. Summer Festival holds various food stands, performances, bon odori, and much more.

WHEN
Q3 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
This is not a cosplay event – Please do not attend in cosplay.
LINKS
 

CAMPUS GAME FEST

Call it the “big scale Internet party”. Campus Game Fest hosts various esports competitions between local and regional teams.

WHEN
Q3 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
Free event, but please reserve your tickets on their website first.
LINKS

 

 

QUARTER 4 (OCT TO DEC) 2020

GAMESCON

Gamescon is an event that is more geared toward game developers and a good one to go if you are interested in covering all kinds of games and technologies.

WHEN
17 to 18 Oct 2020
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
15-16 Oct is closed to exhibitors and invitees only.
LINKS

GAMESTART

Gamers, don’t miss this one out! Gamestart is an event that hosts esports competitions, covers releases/previews for all sorts of games.

WHEN
Q4 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

HARAJUKU FASHION WALK SINGAPORE

Harajuku fashion walk, quarter 4 meet up.

WHEN
Q4 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay!
LINKS

YOKAI FESTIVAL

Hosted by the same people who brought you Cosfest, Yokai Festival is an anime-Halloween themed event.

WHEN
Q4 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
Free
NOTES
If you are attending in costume, make sure it is appropriate – Ghost, phantom, apparition, vampire, witch, etc…
LINKS

C3 ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA SINGAPORE (AFASG)

AFA is one of the biggest anime events here in Singapore. You can expect a lot of foreign guests, cosplayers, performances, and even Anisong concerts.

WHEN
Q4 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
Purchase the I Love Anisong tickets on AFA official website.
LINKS

SINGAPORE COMIC CONVENTION (SCC)

Previously known as the Singapore Toys Games Comic Convention (STGCC) – This event has now “specialized” to just comics, featuring various artists.

WHEN
5 & 6 Dec 2020 – 1000 to 2000
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
Able to purchase single tickets from their website.
LINKS

EOY J-CULTURE FESTIVAL

Captain Obvious – EOY stands for end-of-year. What better way for Japanese culture lovers to end the year with a Japanese culture-themed festival?

WHEN
Q4 2020 – Date & Time TBC
ADMISSION
TBC
NOTES
NIL
LINKS

 

 

GETTING TO THE EVENT LOCATIONS

First time in Singapore or not sure how to get to the event locations? Here’s a short section on how to find da way (yea, it’s a long-dead meme).

LocationMapShort Directions
Downtown EastClick HerePlease don’t be confused. Downtown East is not at the Downtown MRT station, but all the way east at Pasir Ris. Take bus 3 or 358 from the station, pretty much just 1 stop or you can walk for 10 minutes.
Gardens By The BayClick HereGardens By The Bay can be rather hard to reach for first-time visitors. Walk from the Bayfront MRT station (follow the huge crowd of tourists), or take bus 400 from the bus stop beside Marina Bay Sands, in front of Marina Bay Link Mall.
Marina Bay SandsClick HereRight at the Bayfront MRT station.
Merlion ParkClick HereJust a 5 minutes walk from Raffles Place MRT station.
Clarke QuayClick HereRight at the Clarke Quay MRT station.
Singapore StadiumClick HereRight at the Stadium MRT station.
Suntec City Conventions CenterClick HereStop at the Promanade train station, or take a 10 minutes walk from Esplanade station.

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