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The Edwardian Ball Comes To San Francisco This Weekend

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The beloved Edwardian Ball once again returns to San Francisco this weekend. I have been attending this event for the past several years and enjoy it more and more each year. I have had the pleasure of introducing many friends to this event, and without exception they have been fascinated with the amazing spectacle that is The Edwardian Ball!

The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in our own version of “Edwardian” times, this multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more.

All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts, historically accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden, and where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun! The Edwardian Ball has been called “the quintessential must-not-miss event of the year,” “a defining annual San Francisco tradition,” and “a literary circus of the highest caliber” for good reason.

I absolutely recommend you attend this event either Friday or Saturday, or both! Go to the website for a complete description of the festivities of both days.

Check out for more information and tickets.

A list of the entertainment for each day follows:

Friday January 17 – The Edwardian World's Faire

Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony

Beso Negro Unwoman

Vau de Vire Society


Our Infamous Midway featuring One Hat, One Hand The John Bros. Piano Company (Trio) DJ Fact.50

Emcee Kingfish Metamorphosis Ballet feat. Marlowe Bassett and Jocelynn Rudig

Live Art with Ben Walker The Fertile Void featuring Squid Inc.

Bicycle-Powered Zoetropes by Cyclecide

Curious Sofa Garden by Kinetic Steam Works

Saturday January 18 The 14th Annual Edwardian Ball

Presenting your Edwardian Ball Creators and Co-hosts ROSIN COVEN and VAU DE VIRE SOCIETY Performing an Original Presentation of Edward Gorey’s “The Curious Sofa”

The John Bros. Piano Company (full band!)

Jill Tracy’s Parlour of Spirits

Shakti Bliss


Dark Garden

Miz Margo

The Klown

Steam-Powered Tea Garden by Kinetic Steam Works

Ballroom Dancing Appearing both Friday and Saturday

The Grand Artique Trading Post

The Mysterious Murder of Vivien Blackwell

Fou Fou HA!


Le Cancan Bijou

The Speakeasy Syndicate

Owl Tree Tarot

Malvoye The Mentalist


Masonic Pipe Organ Conciertos by Mighty Dave

The Museum of Wonders

Our Famous Portrait Booth

Our Incomparable Vendor Bazaar!

Fine Art Curation by Will Chase

Absinthe Bar (and full bar service)

Hot Food available from the Regency Kitchen



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