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 www.edwardianball.com 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
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
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