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Spectacular Art Deco Events in California

Art Deco themed events, by which I mean events covering roughly 1920-1945, seem to offer the highest degree of "total immersion". It's easier to lose yourself in the 1930s than it is, for example, in the 13th Century.

I suppose that's because we have plenty of wonderful Art Deco venues still intact, and it is a comfortable and familiar world, well document in movies and not too different from our present day. We even have many people among us who actually experienced the era in their younger days.

These Deco events, given all that they have to offer, can also be rather expensive.

Here are some of the biggest and best recurring events I know about in California. I am including Northern California as well.

Early March
Yosemite Heritage Holiday at The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park

Art Deco music, dance, demonstrations and lectures at The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's historic luxury hotel.

Irregular intervals through the year
Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club

A spectacular evening featuring Dean Mora and his Orchestra, a 15-piece 1940's big band playing the greatest songs of the 1930s and 1940s, plus special guests and a floor show.

Labor Day Weekend
Queen Mary Art Deco Festival

A long weekend of dancing, cocktails, shopping, lectures and socializing on the marvellous luxury liner

The first Sunday after Labor Day
Gatsby Picnic

It has been an annual tradition of the San Francisco based Art Deco Society of California. It is a huge event held on the Dunsmuir estate in Oakland, with lots of classic cars, music, and wonderful costumes.

The Avalon Ball

Dance to the music of the 1930s in the most spectacular and beautiful Art Deco ballroom in North America (perhaps the world).

Feel free to use the "Comments" feature to add any events you would like to contribute to the list.


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