Cosplay Ball | Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

April 1-3, 2016, Lancaster County Convention Center

Cosplay Ball

Sakura Ball

Back for 2022, the Sakura Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages! Bigger and Better!!  Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed to the nines! This is an extremely popular event with limited space! Be prepared for a wait to enter.

Prior to the Ball, dance instruction will be provided.  Formal dress is not required for this instructional event. More information to come!

Dress Code

As with any formal event, there is a dress code and some expected decorum.  Since this event’s main feature is music and dance, attendees should be sure to wear attire that they can move comfortably in.  Although the dress code will allow admittance to the Sakura Ball, not all forms of dress are appropriate. Attendees should not wear costume pieces or shoes that can easily come off.  No props are allowed. Actual costume is not required, but the dress code must be adhered to.


Allowed "Womenswear":

*All dresses/skirts should be approximately at knee length or longer

  • Formal Costumes *
  • Prom dresses*
  • Formal gowns*
  • Lolita (EGL/EGA)*
  • Cocktail Dresses*
  • Formal Separates
  • Kimono and Cheongsam
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire

Allowed "Menswear":

  • Formal Costumes
  • Suits
  • Tuxedos
  • Oji Lolita
  • Kimono
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
  • At the least, a dress shirt, tie, slacks

Appropriate Footwear:

  • Heels
  • Dress Flats
  • Formal and Period Boots
  • Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
  • "Mens" Dress Shoes

In general, clothing should be modest, not skin tight, and not reveal a large amount of skin.  It should also not drag on the floor with a long train. Think of what a person or character might wear to a formal event like a wedding or prom. Crossplay is welcome as long as the attire is appropriate for the character being portrayed.  Accessories like top hats, canes, hand fans are welcome. 

Not Allowed

  • Formal Wear that drags on the floor (examples: trains, ribbons, etc)
  • Wings, armor, or other attachments that extend off the body
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Fishnets
  • Clothing with chains, straps, or buckles
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts
  • Cut-off or shredded clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Boots with heavy straps and studs that are not formal in nature (examples: Doc Martens and biker boots)
  • Props such as, but not limited to swords, axes, cudgels, and sporting equipment
  • Other casual attire