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New Year’s Eve events in the SF Bay Area where you can wear costumes

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Here are four events in the Bay Area where you can ring in 2014 in costume. You can take your pick as to whether you want to dress up in formal, flamboyant, mysterious or historical attire.

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Friday Night Waltz 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Waltz Ball
International House at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
Introductory waltz class 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; dancing from 9:00 p.m-12:30 a.m.
Friday Night Waltz is celebrating the New Year with a mix of waltzes, polkas, mixers, set dances, Latin and swing. Bangers and Mash will be providing the live dance music. There will be a New Year’s Eve countdown as well as a sing-along. You don’t need a partner to attend the ball. Formal, elegant, evening wear is appreciated and some people come in Victorian and other similar costumes. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended as this event always sells out.

The Uptown & Hubba Hubba Revue’s Annual New Year’s Eve Bash
The Uptown, Oakland, Calif.
9:00 p.m.
A cabaret and comedy show with featured musical guest Lee Presson & The Nails as well as the Fishnet Follies Classic Burlesque Revue makes for a fun New Year’s Eve party. The event will be hosted by Kingfish, Lee Presson and Kevin Hancock and there will be a midnight champagne countdown. Goth swing attire and burlesque-inspired fashion are what you will likely see at this bash.

SF Symphony New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball
Davis Symphony Hall, Grove Street, between Van Ness and Franklin, San Francisco, Calif.
9:00 p.m.
This ball will be a glamorous way to toast the New Year. There will be a concert featuring opera as well as show tunes and then there will be an after-party with Prosecco and desserts. Hit Waves will be performing hits from the ‘20s to the present on the first tier and the Peter Mintun Orchestra will be performing ‘30s music to dance to on stage. Masks are encouraged and costumes from any of the songs being performed will likely be admired.

A Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve
Per Diem, 43 Sutter Street, San Francisco, Calif.
9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Step back in time into the prosperous and uninhibited Roaring ‘20s at a two-level speakeasy. This event will be re-creating Jay Gatsby’s extravagant parties so expect a lot of lovely prohibition-era dresses and distinguished-looking suits. There will be a premium open bar, party favors, light hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast.

Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.

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