The informaiton below is from Otakon 2020 or previous year. The information on this page is subject to change as we are currently in the process of planning Otakon 2021. Please check back regulary for any updates.
Welcome to our Inaugural Formal Ball!
Lyra’s Formal Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages! Prepare for an evening of cosplay, music, and dancing. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed to the nines!
As this is a formal event, please consider what classy attire a person or character might wear to a wedding or prom.
Cosplay/Crossplay is welcome as long as the attire is appropriate for the character being portrayed. Accessories like top hats, canes (that meet our weapon/prop policy), or hand fans are welcome.
Otakon is not responsible for attendees' bags. This includes but is not limited to outside, beside, or near the entrance to the dance.
No bags (of any size) will be allowed in the room during dance hours.
Empty plastic bottles will be allowed into the dance. Any other container types will not be allowed.
No large costume props allowed.
No commercial grade photography or videographer equipment is allowed.
Please be considerate of the other dancers
Formal Attire required, staff have final say on admittance based on adherence to the formal ball dress code policies.
...and REMEMBER, drink plenty of water!
NOTE: All other Otakon policies are enforced in the dance, such as disruptive behavior and swinging items attached to rope/string/chains/etc.
Kimono and Cheongsam
Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
Dress shirt, with tie (bow/necktie/cravat/bolo)
*All dresses/skirts should be approximately knee length or longer
Formal and Period Boots
Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
Formal Wear that drags on the floor (examples: trains, ribbons, etc)
Wings, bulky armor, or other attachments that extend off the body
Clothing with excessive chains, straps, or buckles
Miniskirts (skirts above the knee)
Cut-off or shredded clothing
Sneakers, sandals or 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