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Masquerade Ball

Come one come all as night falls and the stars come out to play. And so do those steeped in night. The magic and the mystery that night brings causes those to dress in their finest wear and dance away. From stars to the twinkling lights of the city, from the fae to those who still believe. Let them all dance away in a midnight reverie. Please join Sakura-Con as we present ‘Midnight Reverie’, the Masquerade Ball. For the first time, we present a gothic themed ball. We encourage you to wear your best and darkest attire. We look forward to seeing you on Friday evening.

The Masquerade Ball is a family-friendly, formal, social dance. Be sure to dress to impress!

Sakura-Con Masquerade Ball Rules

  1. The Masquerade Ball is a family friendly event and all Sakura-Con policies and guidelines are still in effect.
  2.  The ball is a social dance where close interaction is routine, but any disruptive or inappropriate behavior will result in expulsion from the ball for the rest of the evening.
  3. If you have a problem while at the ball, please locate a staff member and inform them as soon as possible.
  4. As a formal event, adherence to the dress code for Sakura-Con’s Masquerade Ball is mandatory.
    • Please see the dress code below for details.
  5. Please be sure to have your Sakura-Con badge visible at all times.
  6. Masquerade Events Staff reserves the right to remove attendees from the ball at any time.

Sakura-Con Masquerade Ball Dress Code

Remember, the Masquerade Ball is Sakura-Con’s formal event. Be sure to dress to impress! Adherence to the following dress code is mandatory for entrance to the ball.

Masquerade Ball Feminine & Masculin Attire Visual Guide

Masquerade Ball Cosplay Dress Attire Visual Guide

Please note minimum attire requirement is semi-formal.

Masculine Attire:

  • Suit
    • Suit jacket (optional)
    • Vest (optional)
    • Dress shirt
    • Slacks
  • Leather based dress shoes
    • Loafers, oxfords, wingtips, boots

Feminine Attire:

  • Dress
    • Cocktail-style dress no shorter than “finger-tip” length
    • A little black dress
    • Long dress skirt & top
  • Suit
  • Dress shoes
    • Flats, heels, boots

Cultural Attire:

  • Kimono
  • Hanbok
  • Cheongsam/qipao or Cheongshan
  • Kilts


  • Formal shoes required.
    • NOTE: If your character canonically wears non-formal shoes with a formal outfit and you can provide official visual evidence at point of entry, you are allowed in.
  • NOTE: If you have a clinically significant medical condition (i.e. Diabetes Mellitus, Peripheral Neuropathy, Osteo/Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) that impedes you from wearing certain foot wear, Masquerade Events staff member will assess and make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Please be advised to wear shoes that you can wear for long periods of time.


Cosplay is accepted, but the dress code will still apply to all cosplay for entry. Some examples below:

  • Dress Military Uniform
  • Ball gowns
  • Cultural attire (kimono, hanbok, etc)
    • NOTE: School Uniforms are not acceptable for entrance into the ball


  • Masks are required to enter the Masquerade Ball.
  • If you do not have a mask, please come to the Mask Making Workshop earlier in the day.
  • Permitted: Face-painted masks, full-face, traditional, Venetian (stick-mounted).
  • Not Permitted: Helmets, ski-masks, sport-styled masks, gas mask style masks.
    • NOTE: If your character canonically wears non-traditional masks to purposely hide their identity and you can provide official visual evidence at point of entry, you are allowed in.

Please note that are masks are required for the entire length of the event, from entry until the demasking before the end of the ball.


Remember that Masquerade Events Staff can make any final determination on attire at any time during the ball, no exceptions.

If you have any questions concerning the dress code, please e-mail masquerade@sakuracon.org

Masquerade Ball Hosts

The Masquerade Ball needs Hosts! The success of Sakura Con’s Masquerade Ball is dependent on its enthusiastic Dance Hosts and Hostesses. The Masquerade Events Staff is looking for energetic, outgoing people who have a desire to contribute to Sakura-Con's 2...