Back to All Events

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball

  • The Regency Ballroom 1300 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA United States (map)

Edwardian World's Faire and Edwardian Ball
Friday-Saturday, January 22-23, 8:00PM-2:00AM
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
see website for registration information

2016 Theme: The Stupid Joke

Puzzling to explain - nigh impossible to describe, but absolutely delightful to experience - 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 and illustrator Edward Gorey. Set in a re-imagined Edwardian Era, this multi-city, multi-media extravaganza has grown over the past fifteen years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, now operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees traveling from across the nation and from all corners of the globe flock to this West Coast celebration for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs and dancing, fine art installations, an award-winning vendor bazaar, mystical and nonsensical oddities, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, alluring sideshows, and much more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with chimney sweeps, where the sensual meets the bizarre, where historically accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz through the steam-powered tea garden... where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!

Friday, January 22 - The Edwardian World’s Faire
A little more rambunctious, a little more casual and certainly colorful, Friday night’s World’s Faire presents an interactive night of gaming, inventions, exploration, circus, cabaret, and even a bit of swaggering rock n’ roll, Edwardian style!

Saturday, January 23 - The Edwardian Ball
This is the night of The Ball itself, a slightly more formal affair where the games, rides, cabaret acts, and steam machinery are cleared away to make room for a costumed floor of ballroom dance, roaming performances, and the tales and characters of Edward Gorey brought to life on stage and throughout.

Each year, in the depths of the night, Edwardian Ball founders Rosin Coven and their co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Gorey story to life onstage with original music, choreography, narration, circus acts, and many surprises. This year’s feature is The Stupid Joke.

Earlier Event: January 22
Energy Healing Salon
Later Event: January 23
22nd Annual Women's Visioning Circle