This September is a busy month for costume events in the SF Bay Area. Costumers have a variety of time periods and genres to choose from including a Victorian ball, a sci-fi movie screening with a costume contest, the latest season of a yearly renaissance faire and a superhero street fair.
Empress of India Ball
San Mateo Masonic Lodge, San Mateo
PEERS is holding a creative and colorful ball inspired by Queen Victoria’s being officially proclaimed the Empress of India circa 1877. The event is a celebration of the culture of Victorian Britain and of 19th century India. There will be a lesson on Victorian ballroom dance at 7:00 p.m. and formal dancing to live music starts at 8:00 p.m. Costume suggestions for the ball include late Victorian evening dress, traditional Indian costume, a combination of the two, or dress uniform. Modern evening dress is also perfectly appropriate.
Can’t Stop the Serenity 2013
Victoria Theatre, San Francisco
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s screenings of Joss Whedon’s “Serenity” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” in conjunction with the worldwide Can’t Stop the Serenity event to raise money and awareness for Equality Now. There will be a costume contest, a Jayne hat flash mob and lots of prizes.
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Weekends, Sept. 14-Oct. 13
Casa De Fruta, Hollister
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
The Northern California Renaissance Faire is a great opportunity to wear classic Renaissance attire as well as pirate gear, gypsy garb and even fantasy costumes. Some weekends have themes that you can costume around such as a masquerade for the second weekend, pirate invasion for the third, Oktoberfest on the fourth and fantasy on the fifth. You can wear your own costume, buy your costume at the faire or rent them at Belrose Costumes right past the entrance.
The Fourth Annual SuperHero Street Fair
Waterfront Boardwalk Oasis, San Francisco
Portray a superhero or villain or create your own to attend this imaginative, urban theatrical event that aims to recognize local businesses and artists who are performing heroic feats every day. These real-life superheroes will be honored at 4:00 p.m. at the fair. For costumers, there are a lot of activities that may interest be of interest. There is a cosplay masquerade and costume contest, giant space backdrops and props for photos, and an interplanetary makeup zone.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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