Last week, I published the first half of the top 12 SF Bay Area costume events of 2011. Here are the last six in my list:
June 18 – Pirate Fest (Vallejo)
Set up on the Vallejo waterfront, this free and very popular festival is like a mini-Renaissance fair complete with great vendor booths, food and entertainment. Participants in pirate costumes as well as period attire mingle with guests most of whom also dress up in costume.
Sept. 11 – Gatsby Picnic (Oakland)
This is an elaborate and elegant picnic on the grounds of the majestic Dunsmuir House where everyone is dressed in 1920s-1930s finery. A big band place music for people to dance to and there is a costume contest and a performance by the Decobelles who wear colorful bathing attire.
Sept. 18 – Norcal Ren Faire (Hollister)
For several weekends in the Summer, Casa de Fruta is transformed into Renaissance England for the merriest time once can have in costume or just looking at participants and patrons in costume. There are vendor booths who sell costumes, props and other Renaissance Faire goods. The food and entertainment is also very enjoyable. Make sure to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth I as well as William Shakespeare.
Oct. 22 – BAERS Queen of Naples Ball (Kensington)
The Bay Area English Regency Society produces two to three costumed balls in various locations throughout the year as well as monthly dance parties in Palo Alto. Those who love Jane Austen and the Napoleonic era as well as the costumes, music and dances of the late 18th through early 19th century will be very much at home at these events.
Nov. 12 – PEERS Le Bal Des Vampires (Alameda)
The Period Events and Entertainments Re-creation Society holds historical as well as scifi/fantasy themed balls every month except for July and December. While most of its balls are in San Mateo, the Vampire Ball is at a three-story hall in Alameda to accommodate this very popular yearly ball where patrons can wear evening dress of the century and country of their “rebirth.”
Dec. 10 – Dickens Fair (San Francisco)
Dickens Fair is a Victorian Christmas wonderland come to life. One is transported into Victorian London where characters and scenes from Charles Dickens’ novels are lovingly recreated. Guests can come in costume and are encouraged to interact with the players in costume as well as sample the food, dancing and various entertainments to get into the holiday spirit.
Best wishes to everyone for a happy new year of costuming in 2012!
Other related articles:
Top 12 SF Bay Area costume events of 2011
Elizabethan Times p. 10
Costumes at Dickens Fair
Copyright 2011, Jean Martin.
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