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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 TWENTY THREE 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.

Dark Garden performer, Edwardian Ball 2017, Photo by Marco Sanchez
Costumed participants, Edwardian Ball 2016, Photo by Marco Sanchez


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 re-creationists waltz through the steam-powered tea garden… where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!


The Venue


1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

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Is there parking at the venue? 

There is no reserved parking at The Regency Ballroom. There are plenty of public and private parking lots in the vicinity.  There is also limited street parking. We suggest the Holiday Inn – located at 1500 Van Ness Avenue (Holiday Inn 24-Hour Garage). 


Is there public transportation near the venue?

There is a MUNI Bus Stop for the 47 (Van Ness) and the 49 (Mission/Van Ness) directly outside The Regency Ballroom.  If taking BART please se the Civic Center BART Station as it is closest to The Regency Ballroom.

Additional MUNI Bus Lines that are within a few blocks:1 (California), 2 (Clement), 3 (Jackson), 4 (Sutter), 19 (Polk) and 38 (Geary).

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