The Edwardian Ball
The Edwardian Ball (sometimes coupled with the Edwardian World’s Faire) is a two-day neo-vintage extravaganza in San Francisco. It combines elements of a circus, music festival, art exhibition, and masquerade party. The event pays tribute to writer and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000), whose books are known for dark humor and Victorian or Edwardian stylings.
The event is held at the Regency Center, originally a Masonic lodge with Beaux-Arts styling that opened in 1909. The Regency Ballroom on the ground level serves as the main entertainment venue, while The Lodge on the top floor hosts the Museum of Wonders art exhibition and a secondary music stage. Vendors are situated in the basement-level Social Hall.
In past years, the organizers presented The Edwardian World’s Faire on Friday night and The Edwardian Ball on Saturday. The events were similar, but each featured a different entertainment lineup, and the World’s Faire reserved part of the main ballroom for art installations. The 2022 event will feature The Edwardian Ball on both nights.
The Edwardian Ball is presented by Paradox Media and the Vau De Vire Society.