Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about CPAC. If your question is not answered below, feel free to email us at

Buying Tickets for CPAC

All attendees and staff at CPAC must have a “badge”, somewhere visible, such as around your neck, at all times. Staff may ask to see your badge while entering certain areas of the convention.
Online Pre-Registration (more than three weeks before)
All pre-registration is done online through EventBrite, where all major credit cards are accepted. Check or money order will not be accepted except for special circumstances. If you would like to Pre-register but cannot submit your payment using credit, debit, or Paypal, please email us at Note that we must receive your check or money order at least three weeks before the convention. Cash will not be accepted for pre-registration tickets. If your organization requires a purchase order / invoice process, see the other FAQ on that topic.)
Online Pre-Registration (less than three weeks before)
Up until one week before the convention, you can always purchase tickets using any major credit card. However, when it is two months before the con or earlier, we can no longer accept make any exceptions/ accept payment by personal check or money order.
At-the-door Registration
When buying a badge at the door, you can pay by cash, debit or credit card. Personal checks will not be accepted at the door.
There are no special tickets available at this time. The badge you get at registration is your ticket to the entire convention. All programming is included with the exception of meals.
There is only one type of badge that gives you access to the entire convention. We do not sell discounted badges for only certain sections, for example the rave or only the Artists’ Alley and Dealers’ Room.
Badges can be purchased online with will-call or at the door.
You need one and only one item to pick up your badge: an EventBrite barcode or ticket number. This can be printed on a piece of paper, on your phone in an e-mail, or on the EventBrite app. Photo ID is not needed, and cannot be used as a replacement for your EventBrite barcode.
Pre-registration using EventBrite ends one month before the convention. After one month, using EventBrite to pay will cost the at door prices, in addition to the EventBrite processing fees. If you have not paid for your badge by this time, you should purchase it at the door for full price.

Our pricing structure is as follows:

  • Single-day prices:
    • Saturday only: $20
    • Sunday only: $20
    • Door prices: $30
  • Weekend passes:
    • Pre-registration price: $35
    • Door price: $50
    • Stevens students door price: $5
    • Group discount (minimum 5 badges, pre-registration only): $28, full-weekend.
There is an option to purchase badges online in bundles of at least five (5) for a reduced price. A ticket would costs $28 each, down from $35. This discount only applies online and will not be offered at the door. Group passes will permit entry on both days of the convention.
At this time, we do not offer any discounts other than our group discount above.
Children under the age of eight are eligible for a free badge. Even though it’s free, they still must wear their badge at all times. You can pick up a badge for your child at registration.
Yes, even parents and guardians need a badge when walking around with their child. Unfortunately, there are no discounts for parents and guardians, so you must purchase a badge for full price.
No, unlike previous years, refunds are only allowed at least 30 days before the event. April 19th, 2018 would be the last day of refunds.

Getting to CPAC

CPAC 2018 is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20th, 2018. The convention is open from 10 am to 10pm on Saturday, and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday.
CPAC takes place in the Meadowlands Exposition Center as well as Holiday Inn Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey.
There are many ways to get to CPAC. See our directions page for a map and more detailed information.
The Meadowlands Exposition Center will provide complimentary parking.

There are several hotels within walking distances around the area. This list includes:

  • Holiday Inn Meadowlands
  • Embassy Suites
  • Hyatt Place
  • Marriott Courtyard Secaucus Meadowlands
  • Marriott Residence inn Secaucus Meadowlands
  • Meadowlands River Inn

The Meadowlands Exposition Center lists additional nearby hotels.

Whether you pre-registered online or want to buy a badge at the door, everybody goes to the same place: Registration. You can pick up your badge at the Registration Booths. There will be an extremely large sign for CPAC next to the entrance, as well as a slightly smaller sign that says “Registration”. If you’re lost, do not hesitate to ask a staff member.
No. Pre-registered attendees have a separate line than those purchasing a badge at the door. However, we have no guarantee how big either line will be or how fast they will move, although we try and give priority to pre-registered attendees.

Walking Around the Convention

You must wear your badge at all times, and present it upon request by any staff member. It is recommended to wear your badge around your neck, but as long as it is clearly visible anywhere is fine.
Unfortunately, we do not replace lost badges. You can wait and see if the badge turns up in the lost and found, but otherwise you must purchase a replacement badge at full price.
Sometimes. Photography and videography are not allowed in the Artists’ Alley or Dealers’ Room, or in certain panels and events. There will be marked signs where you cannot use your camera. However, even if allowed, you must always obtain consent of the person you are recording, whether it be a guest, staff, another attendee, etc.
Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by another individual over the age of 18 at all times.
First, before this even happens, you should write an emergency contact phone number on your child’s badge. Registration staff will usually ask you to do this anyway. When your child is actually lost, report the incident to any staff member, and they will escort you to our operations room while we try and locate them. Always notify the staff rather than looking on your own, as somebody else may have already found your child and reported them as missing.
We have a lost and found in the operations center (see the map). You will be asked to describe the item you lost before you can pick it up.
For lost children, immediately notify a staff member and they will handle the situation. For other lost items, you can either turn it over to any staff, or bring it to our lost and found in our operations center (see the map).

Cosplay and Weapons

Of course! Cosplay is encouraged and is a big part of CPAC. Make sure to check out some of our cosplay-centric events like Cosplay Chess, the Cosplay Contest, and various fan panels run by cosplayers for cosplayers.
Of course! Cosplay is not required, and plenty of people come in their everyday clothes.
You may wear whatever cosplay you want at CPAC. Some fan programming might not allow non-anime cosplayers to participate in their contests, but they cannot prevent you from attending or watching the panel. All CPAC-operated events have no such restriction in the first place.
Yes. CPAC has a very strict weapons policy, implemented for the safety of both our attendees and the college students living on campus. See our policies for full details.
Live steel, which is not allowed at CPAC, is any long, thin, metal object. Knives and swords are considered live steel, even if they are dull! If bringing a sword-like weapon, consider making it out of a soft material like plastic or foam.
Unfortunately, no. Even if permanently disabled or broken, a projectile weapon is a projectile weapon, and the local police for CPAC’s venue have disallowed these guns.


Exhibitors fill out an online application, which is open to the public. The department head of the specific application will contact applicants with more details.
Applications usually open to the public in the early Fall. The close date is usually not set, as an application is usually only closed when the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots. For example, panelist applications will close when our panels schedule fills up. Following our social media is the best way to get notifications about applications.
No exhibitor is guaranteed a spot until they have both received an acceptance letter and completed paying for their booth (payment is not applicable for panelists).
We do not currently have a process for appealing exhibitor application decisions. All decisions are final, and the department head for an application may accept or decline an applicant for any reason at their discretion.
No, all artists, dealers, and panelists receive a number of free badges, and can request more, via the application.
All exhibitors should retrieve their badges from the special exhibitor registration booth (check the map). Do not wait on the main registration line.
This may go without saying, but all exhibitors must follow the same rules and policies as attendees (even staff follow these policies). This means complying with our weapons and copyright policies. See the policies page for more details.