Here are four recommendations for New Year’s Eve celebrations for costumers in the San Francisco Bay Area that range from historical and fantasy to a mix of different genres that our imaginative, creative and avant-garde residents are known for. What better way to ring in 2013 than having fun in costume with like-minded people!
New Year’s Eve Waltz Ball:
The popular Friday Night Waltz is hosting its 11th annual New Year’s Eve Waltz Ball at the International House in UC Berkeley starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a mix of waltzes, polkas, mixers, set dances, Latin and swing. No partner is necessary as most people dance with others. There will, of course, be a New Year’s Eve countdown. Formal, elegant, evening wear and period costumes are very much appreciated, but not necessary. For tickets and more information, visit: http://fridaynightwaltz.com/#NYE.
Sea of Dreams:
The 13th annual Sea of Dreams New Year’s Eve event will be held at the
SF Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco from 8:00 p.m.-4:00 a.m. The theme this year is “LunaSea” and will include performances by musicians, circus and aerial acrobatic acts and dancers. There will be DJ dance music and art installations to enjoy as well. Costumes are along the lines of Burning Man, Edwardian Ball, dance clubs and basically a cross section of all Bay Area costuming. For more information, go to: http://www.seaofdreamsnye.com/.
The USS Hornet New Year’s Eve bash in Alameda offers a great opportunity to watch the San Francisco fireworks from the flight deck. If that’s not enough, there’s swing dancing to big band music on three dance floors. Waltz, rhumba and cha cha are also on the dance list. Period attire is welcome and lots of people come in costume from the swing era as well as in real military uniforms. The event web site is at: http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/newyear/.
Rocky Horror Picture Show:
For the more adventurous, there’s the Rocky Horror New Year’s Eve party at the Clay Theatre in San Francisco starting at midnight and featuring Bawdy Caste. According to the theatre’s web site, “it’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. All of our engagements feature live casts who perform scenes during the movie, and the audience is always welcome to respond to the on-screen action.” Patrons can wear whatever costumes they want to this interactive movie experience.
Copyright 2012, Jean Martin.
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