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Carnevale Fantastico!
May
7
10:00 AM10:00

Carnevale Fantastico!

Carnevale Fantastico! Join us for a weekend of merriment set in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy. Sample a collection of regional wines and traditional beverages, savor a variety of Italian cuisine and laugh along with the classic comedy of Commedia dell Arte. Interact with historical characters showcasing the spectacular fashions of the Italian Renaissance. Enjoy traditional music and dance and dazzling displays of swordsmanship. Shop handcrafted wares and witness live demonstrations by the artisans. Immerse yourself in the culture and revel in the pageantry of one of the most beautiful settings in history, Renaissance Italy.

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Carnevale Fantastico!
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Carnevale Fantastico!

Carnevale Fantastico! Join us for a weekend of merriment set in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy. Sample a collection of regional wines and traditional beverages, savor a variety of Italian cuisine and laugh along with the classic comedy of Commedia dell Arte. Interact with historical characters showcasing the spectacular fashions of the Italian Renaissance. Enjoy traditional music and dance and dazzling displays of swordsmanship. Shop handcrafted wares and witness live demonstrations by the artisans. Immerse yourself in the culture and revel in the pageantry of one of the most beautiful settings in history, Renaissance Italy.

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Battle Sail
Apr
16
2:00 PM14:00

Battle Sail

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

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Battle Sail
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Battle Sail

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

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Adventure Sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain
Apr
9
2:00 PM14:00

Adventure Sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

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Battle Sail
Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Battle Sail

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

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Battle Sail
Apr
2
2:00 PM14:00

Battle Sail

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

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Adventure Sail aboard the Lady Washington
Apr
2
10:00 AM10:00

Adventure Sail aboard the Lady Washington

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

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Battle Sail
Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

Battle Sail

Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State, and her companion vessel the Hawaiian Chieftain, visit Jack London Square and offer family-oriented Adventure and Battle Sails featuring a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling.

Our popular three-hour Battle Sails feature booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers, and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard tall ships. Passengers are invited to raise the sails, verbally taunt their opponents, and sing the chorus on a sea shanty.

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Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala
Jan
8
4:00 PM16:00

Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala

This evening of feasting, libations, music and dramatic surprises takes place at the court of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I with audience-favorites Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas joining us once again as our Queen and our dance troupe San Francisco Renaissance Dancers taking the stage as well.   In addition to the music of Medieval through Contemporary England, this year Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men visit Her Majesty for an evening of hijinks, bawdy songs, and an entertaining surprise or two!

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Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala
Jan
7
7:30 PM19:30

Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala

This evening of feasting, libations, music and dramatic surprises takes place at the court of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I with audience-favorites Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas joining us once again as our Queen and our dance troupe San Francisco Renaissance Dancers taking the stage as well.   In addition to the music of Medieval through Contemporary England, this year Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men visit Her Majesty for an evening of hijinks, bawdy songs, and an entertaining surprise or two!

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Victorian Twelfth Night Ball
Jan
7
6:45 PM18:45

Victorian Twelfth Night Ball

Dance, sing, and play at the season's loveliest old-fashioned holiday party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Bangers and Mash, the Bay Area's most irresistible country dance band, will play a variety of Viennese and rotary waltzes, polkas, mazurka waltzes, schottisches, the Lancers, reels, and other set dances popular in the early and mid-19th century. As usual, all set dances will be taught or called and partners are not required. Indeed, introductions to partners will be cheerfully provided!

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Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala
Jan
6
7:30 PM19:30

Boar's Head Festival and Mid-Winter Gala

This evening of feasting, libations, music and dramatic surprises takes place at the court of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I with audience-favorites Phantom of the Opera's soprano Susan Gundunas joining us once again as our Queen and our dance troupe San Francisco Renaissance Dancers taking the stage as well.   In addition to the music of Medieval through Contemporary England, this year Robin Hood and his band of Merrie Men visit Her Majesty for an evening of hijinks, bawdy songs, and an entertaining surprise or two!

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
18
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
18
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Dec
18
10:00 AM10:00

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
17
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
11
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Magic Toy Box Tea
Dec
11
3:00 PM15:00

Magic Toy Box Tea

The second weekend in December is a magical holiday tour de force at our elegant Queen Anne Victorian with an old-fashioned afternoon tea for families. This event is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League and takes place inside the house with antique tea settings, live music, and fun activities.

Home made tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with hot tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy or other life-like toy (and parent or grandparent!) for a Holiday tea to remember. Bring your camera and dress up for fun for an elegant child-friendly afternoon. Activities often include life-sized Toys, a fun raffle and opportunities for photos with your bears and friends (bring your camera!)

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Magic Toy Box Tea
Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

Magic Toy Box Tea

The second weekend in December is a magical holiday tour de force at our elegant Queen Anne Victorian with an old-fashioned afternoon tea for families. This event is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League and takes place inside the house with antique tea settings, live music, and fun activities.

Home made tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with hot tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy or other life-like toy (and parent or grandparent!) for a Holiday tea to remember. Bring your camera and dress up for fun for an elegant child-friendly afternoon. Activities often include life-sized Toys, a fun raffle and opportunities for photos with your bears and friends (bring your camera!)

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The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!
Dec
11
10:00 AM10:00

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair!

The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city, with the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll.

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Old Time Maritime Christmas
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Old Time Maritime Christmas

  • aboard the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Hyde Street Living History Players join the rangers, staff, and other volunteers in a day-long round of crafts and events, culminating the appearance of Santa Claus to the full-rigged sailing ship ship Balclutha in this maritime celebration of the Christmas season.

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Magic Toy Box Tea
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Magic Toy Box Tea

The second weekend in December is a magical holiday tour de force at our elegant Queen Anne Victorian with an old-fashioned afternoon tea for families. This event is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League and takes place inside the house with antique tea settings, live music, and fun activities.

Home made tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with hot tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy or other life-like toy (and parent or grandparent!) for a Holiday tea to remember. Bring your camera and dress up for fun for an elegant child-friendly afternoon. Activities often include life-sized Toys, a fun raffle and opportunities for photos with your bears and friends (bring your camera!)

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Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas Revels: A Theatrical Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 31st Annual Christmas Revels: A Revels Christmas In Wales

Each mid-winter, the Revels brings to life a grand celebration of traditions and cultures from around the world. We create joy with the songs, dances, and stories - present in every culture - that mark the turning of the year in all its forms. We build community and connection through our unique theatrical production, connecting audience and performers, and reminding us that, within our diversity and across generations, there is a beautiful continuity of human experience!

This year, the California Revels is “coming home” to Wales. Even though we've never been there before, there is much about Welsh culture and customs that feels familiar and comforting. Set in the 1920s childhood village of the great Welsh poet
Dylan Thomas, our show will evoke the spirit of family gathered ‘round the hearth, and villagers singing in the glow of the blazing yule log.

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Magic Toy Box Tea
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Magic Toy Box Tea

The second weekend in December is a magical holiday tour de force at our elegant Queen Anne Victorian with an old-fashioned afternoon tea for families. This event is hosted by the Cultural Affairs Service League and takes place inside the house with antique tea settings, live music, and fun activities.

Home made tea sandwiches and sweets are served, along with hot tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy or other life-like toy (and parent or grandparent!) for a Holiday tea to remember. Bring your camera and dress up for fun for an elegant child-friendly afternoon. Activities often include life-sized Toys, a fun raffle and opportunities for photos with your bears and friends (bring your camera!)

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