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Masquerade Dance – Info & Rules

For information on how to pickup Formal Dance tickets at the convention if you missed the deadline for online registration of this event then please click here for the Event Tickets Page.
Masquerade Ball Online Tickets are at the bottom of this page

  • Event Location: Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
  • Alamo Ballroom (2nd Floor)
  • Across the street from the San Antonio Grand Hyatt / Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

  • Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2016
  • Doors Open: 8:00PM
  • Start Time: 8:30PM
  • End Time: 11:30PM
  • THEME: The Fifth Element
Going forward 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 2016 Formal Masquerade Dance will be a ticketed event. We have made some new changes starting in 2016 which are listed below the dress code.
Theme Specific Notes:  
This year’s theme nods to the 90’s sci-fi classic “The Fifth Element”. While a variety of costumes are seen in the film the masquerade maintains its formal dress code. Consider clothing appropriate for a luxury spaceliner, not the shreds worn by Mangalores. Sponsored in part by by the Zorg Corporation.
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.
Formal Dance Dress Code   

Acceptable attire for women:


Examples of acceptable attire for women:

Acceptable Attire for men:


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



Acceptable masks for women:

Acceptable Masks for Women @ Formal Masquerade

Acceptable masks for men:

Acceptable Masks for Men @ Formal Masquerade

Cosplay and Props:


Personal hygiene:



Masquerade Ticketing Policy  

Online tickets will go on sale on this page starting on June 15th and end on August 25th or until 200 tickets have been sold.
This year’s Formal Masquerade will help support the mission of San Japan Charitable Endeavors by contributing to our charities of choice for 2016. We’re excited to be able to support local charities who strive to make San Antonio a better place.

We will be issuing a maximum of 750 tickets for the event.

Ticket Early Availability
200 tickets will be available on the San Japan website for a $5 contribution. San Japan will absorb the 45-cent processing fee and 100% of each ticket will go directly to our charities of choice for 2016. Ticket pickup from online purchase will be available at the formal dance.

Gold Pass Availability
Individuals in possession of a gold pass will be able to pick up their tickets, along with their other gold pass perks, during regular registration check-in. No additional fee is necessary. Your gold pass purchases assist San Japan in obtaining special items for the charity auction, and; as such, you will not be required to contribute additional funds.

On-Site Tickets – Pick your price
Leftover tickets from pre-sale, plus an additional 350 tickets, will be available during the convention. Attendees may “pick their price” for tickets. A contribution of $5 is recommended and a minimum of $1 is strongly encouraged. Attendees are encouraged to pick up tickets early as they are likely to have all on-site tickets distributed.

The tentative time for on-site tickets will be Friday (09/02/16) at 3:00PM. The location for pickup within the convention will be announced closer to the convention date.

At-the-door Tickets – Pick your price
A minimum of 50 tickets, plus any leftover from on-site pick-up, will be available at the door for “pick your price”. A contribution of $5 is recommended and a minimum of $1 is strongly encouraged.

Scalping or Resale of Tickets
Anyone found to be scalping or reselling tickets will have tickets in their possession voided. In addition, depending on severity, scalper’s convention badges will be revoked and they will be asked to leave the event.
Formal Dance Online Ticket Purchase  

The 200 online ticket reservation limit have been reached for allocation. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the convention. Click here for the Event Tickets Page for information on how to pick up additional tickets allocated at the convention.
Still have questions? We have a Facebook Group dedicated to this event to answer your questions and you can ask if your attire will be approved.

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The San Japan website should be fully updated by 11/30/16 AT 11:30PM CST with most of the 2017 convention information. Hotel reservation links will be posted when they're ready (To Be Determined). 2017 registration is now open.