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Costume events in June in the San Francisco Bay Area

Crew of the Serenity
Crew of the Serenity
Photo courtesy of Christopher Erickson, used with permission

Here is a roundup of costume events coming up in June in the San Francisco Bay Area. As usual, there’s a great variety to choose from including a sci-fi ball, a pirate festival, a science/sci-fi convention, a World War I commemoration and an 18th century hair lecture.

The PEERS Space Cowboys Ball
June 7
Alameda Elks Lodge, Alameda
7:00 p.m.-midnight
$20.00 at the door

The Period Events and Entertainments and Entertainments Re-creation Society (PEERS) is holding a Space Cowboys Ball, inspired by the TV series “Firefly” and its movie sequel “Serenity.” It will be an evening of music, dancing and actors portraying characters and interacting with guests. Western, 19th century or neo-19th century, Civil War or Post-Civil War, Chinese and Indian, or science fiction/fantasy costumes from any universe is admired, but not required.

Northern California Pirate Festival
June 14-15
Waterfront Park, Vallejo
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
$10.00 online (with a fee) and at the gate

Father’s Day weekend is once again the time for the Norcal Pirate Fest. It is the eighth year of this popular fair, living history and pirate fan fest, where people of all ages can come in costume and enjoy pirate encampments, nautically inspired handicrafts, gourmet food, hearty ales, four stages of continuous entertainment, ship-to-shore cannon battles, mermaids, and of course, pirates.

Evolution Expo 2014
June 27-29
Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland
Various time schedules for each day for different activities
Various general admission levels and elite passes

This first Evolution Expo, produced by Julie Caitlin Brown, will feature science and science fiction-related exhibits, workshops and presentations. The list of celebrities attending includes Mayim Bialik, Katee Sackhoff, Jason Momoa, Amanda Tapping, John Rhys-Davies and Kevin Sorbo. Astronauts Joe Edwards and Wendy Lawrence will also be participating. While this convention is geared toward the science in science fiction, costumers will likely be in attendance.

The Last Day of Peace Ball and 100-Year Anniversary of the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Panel
June 28
Arlington Community Church Social Hall, Kensington
Panel is at 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Dancing starts at 8:00 p.m.
Dinner is $40, dancing is $40, dinner and dancing is $75. Discounts for GBACG members.

The World War One Historical Association will be commemorating the centennial of the Great War with a panel, a buffet dinner and a ball. The panel will focus on the political climate that led to the outbreak of World War I. The dinner/ball is also a fundraiser for the association. Costumes will be admired, but are not required. 1914-1918 is the time period and so anything “Titanic” and “Downton Abbey” would be appropriate.

The 2014 GBACG Lecture Series Presents Kendra Van Cleave, 18th Century Hair
June 29
Elks Lodge, Alameda
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Members $5; Non-members $7

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild (GBACG) will be holding the first of its lectures with Kendra Van Cleave talking about her new book, “18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques.” Van Cleave will also be teaching fashionable hairstyles for men and women from 1700 to 1799 in France, England and the American colonies.

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