Costume Dress Code

All attendees’ cultural costumes, cosplayers, anime or other such garb being worn at the Phoenix International Heritage Festival Foundation must adhere to the following rules or you may be asked to leave the festival.

If it looks like a weapon, we will ask you to leave it in your car or ask you to leave the festival if you refuse. This includes plastic swords, knives, or other weapons or props including those used for Cosplay. If a festival volunteer observes any attendee carrying such a prop, they will be asked to take the prop off the festival grounds immediately.

If, (a) you can carry a prop in one hand, and (b) it does not hang off your person more than 3 inches, and (c) it is not taller than you, you may have it on person. Props that do not meet these criteria will be considered oversized. In general, certain props may be allowed on stage for the cosplay contest only, as their size is a safety hazard for small grounds.

If your prop is not peace-tied, you may not be able to bring it for the contest. To get your prop peace-tied, please visit the Information Booth or Cultural Costume Competition Stage.

You just be at least 60% clothed.  This means shirt, bottoms, shoes. No inappropriate clothing, as this is a family event with attendees from all age groups.

We have designated street performance areas and times. Street Performers are asked to contact PIHF before attending and must apply as an exhibitor if you meet our economically challenged criteria. We ask that you sign up so your act does not become a safety hazard. Our festival has the potential to become crowded quickly, and we need to make sure that those with disabilities are able to easily maneuver and, in the case of an emergency, we can get people to safety. Flash Mobs may be a surprise for our guests but should not be for our team. Therefore, please perform on the designated locations only and notify us of your plans to participate!

One of the main points of this festival is to promote inclusivity. One way to be inclusive is to practice good manners of respect, kindness, peace, and love.

This is a safety hazard. If you would like photos taken, please visit our photo vendor located on the map or ask our Help Booth Volunteer. If you would like to take photos of your own, please do not take them in any busy area.