Masquerade Dance – Info & Rules


Event Location: San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk – Alamo Ballroom (2nd Floor).
Across the street from the San Antonio Grand Hyatt.

Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015
End Time: EVENING 11:30 PM

Starting in 2015 we have a Facebook Group dedicated to this event to answer your questions. You can ask in there if your attire will be approved if you are unsure about the dress code listed below.


The Rules below are for the 2015 Formal Masquerade Dance.


The Formal Masquerade Dance will be a ticketed event starting in 2015 as we will be limited on capacity. Tickets to the Formal Dance will be FREE for all attendees who have purchased or received a 2015 San Japan badge of any type. There will be limited number of tickets available. A ticket will be required in order to enter and must be picked up at the convention.


The Masked ball is a formal dance event. All attendees must present a valid convention badge in order to enter this event. All clothing must adhere to standards of style and grooming. To keep the formal and mature atmosphere we also enforce a 13+ age limit at this event.

Acceptable attire for women:


  • Dresses must be mid-knee length to floor length.
  • Dresses should not be too revealing (low cut, slits that are too high, mid-drift, etc.).
  • High-low dresses will be allowed as long as the highest part of the dress is at least knee length.
  • Pant suits are allowed.
  • Lolita style fashion, traditional eastern dress, and steampunk attire is allowed so long as it adheres to the above mentioned rules.


Examples of acceptable attire for women:


Acceptable Attire for men:


  • Tuxedos and suits are highly encouraged.
  • Vests, sports coats are also acceptable.
  • Dress shirts and ties are required.
  • Ethnic dress and steampunk attire will be allowed so long as they adhere to the above mentioned rules.
  • Polo shirts, khakis, and t-shirts will not be permitted.


Examples of acceptable attire for men:

Acceptable Male Attire @ San Japan Formal Masquerade

Acceptable shoes for men and women:

Acceptable Dress Shoes for Men & Women @ Formal Dance



  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • You must have a mask to enter the ball.
  • Your mask can not be drawn or painted on.
  • Masks on a stick will be acceptable for those with glasses.
  • Unacceptable masks include: Monster or Halloween style masks, Military masks (gas masks or tactical gear, etc.), Luchador or other wrestling style masks, Comic or anime character masks, or helmets.


Acceptable masks for women:

Acceptable Masks for Women @ Formal Masquerade

Acceptable masks for men:

Acceptable Masks for Men @ Formal Masquerade

Cosplay and Props:


  • Cosplay will be allowed as long as it adheres to all masquerade attire rules.
  • Cosplays must be formal in nature.
  • Props longer than arms length are not allowed in.
  • No weapons of any sort will be permitted into the ball.
  • Wigs will be allowed so long as they are neat and tidy.


Personal hygiene:


This can be a sensitive subject for many a con-goer, but this is a fancy occasion. Please put EXTRA effort into personal hygiene. Take a shower before you get dressed. Brush your teeth, use mouth wash, gum, or a mint. Use lots of deodorant! However, do not drench yourself in body spray, perfume or cologne. Use it sparingly.




  • Press will be allowed entry into the ball.
  • Must have appropriate “Press Badge” to be allowed entry.
  • Press do not have to be dressed in formal attire but please try to at least dress nice.


Still have questions? We have a Facebook Group dedicated to this event starting in 2015 to answer your questions and you can ask if your attire will be approved.


Information below may be for our 2015 convention. Most of the pages and FAQs will be updated for our 2016 event starting in late November 2015.