Historical Dance & Events

Historical Halloween Dances and Traditional Autumn Costume Events

Looking for a slower, more elegant autumn celebration? Just look back into history.  Historical Halloween Events & Costume Dances can be found though out Los Angeles

If you want to go out dancing in Los Angeles this Halloween season, there’s a lot more out there that modern dance clubs or hot Halloween parties. The events listed here give you a chance to slow down in a more intimate environment… and let you step back into history.

Do you want to waltz? Do the Lindy? Try this section for costumed fun.

  • Historic Dances & Balls
  • Living History with a Halloween
    • Museums and Cemetery Walking Tours
  • More historic costume events for the fall
  • Pirate Day – a tad early, but Costumes!  And, Pirate fun!
  • There are even more events with a historic flavor on our Festival Page
  • If the thought of connecting with history though costume and dance sounds fun, but your Halloween weekends are too booked, these events go on all year long.  There’s a great calendar to check, or you can just subscribe for monthly e-mails:

Please pay attention to the costume requirements here, especially for the dances.

Autumn Historical Costume Dances & Balls

Looking for a full dance calendar for historic events? Check out Mass Historia’s calendar: http://www.walternelson.com/dr/event/     More dances listed there.

Richard Halpern’s Hollywood Cavalcade Halloween Costume Party

2017 Update Take a ghostly trip back in time to the lost days of Hollywood nightclubs.   Haunted Hollywood Cavalcade featuring novelty dance music from the 1920s and 1930s.  RICHARD HALPERN “Mr. Tin Pan Alley” croons and belts his way through the songbooks of the Jazz Age and beyond.

  • Info: http://www.cicadaclub.com or event details. Dinner Reservations at 213-488-9488
    • Friday, October 27, 2017
    • Cicada Restaurant
      • 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles (downtown between 6th and 7th)
      • Doors open at 7pm, showtime 8:30 pm.  See site for detailed schedule
    • Tickets : pre-sale discount $25 for the nightclub party only/ $30 on site if available, $64 dinner special, if available for party only. (Reserve dinner separately, if wish.)
    • Dress code in effect: Suggests your best evening attire or vintages.  Ghastly, creepy or spooky fin fashions from the 1920s and 1930s.
    • 21+

Note: there is dining and dancing most Sunday evenings. See their website for their schedule and to make reservations for dinner. You may also go just for the dancing.

More Autumn Parties and Vintage Dance from The Cicada Restaurant

  • General Club Info: http://www.cicadaclub.com  /  Dinner Reservations at 213-488-9488
  • Cicada Restaurant
    • 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles (downtown between 6th and 7th)
    • Doors open at 7pm, showtime 8:30 see site for detailed schedule
  • Tickets: See show list for ticket prices for shows. Most $25-$30.   Some shows have dinner specials.  This is separate.  Dinner not required for show.  (Reserve dinner separately, if wish.  Not included.)
  • Dress code in effect: Suggests your best evening attire or vintages.  Coat and tie for men.  Evening wear for women.
  • 21 +

Johnny Holiday Show

2017 Update A special night of dining and dancing.  Live music and a vintage show.  Dance to an evening of big band music of the Johnny Holiday eleven piece dance orchestra.   Features an tribute to Bing Crosby by his great-nephew, Johnny Holiday.  The program will be styled after Bing’s radio programs and the “Holiday Palace” television show.  The emphasis is on music, variety, and surprises.

  • Info: Event Info

    • Saturday, October 14, 2017 EarlyBird

      • Doors open at 7pm, showtime 9.  See site for detailed schedule
    • Event Tickets : pre-sale discount $25 for the nightclub party only/ $30 on site if available, $64 dinner special, if available for party only. (Reserve dinner separately, if wish)

Dead Mora Orchestra Armed Forces Tribute

2017 UpdateA special night of live music and dancing

  • Info:   Event Detail
    • Friday, November 10, 2017

      • Doors open at 7pm, showtime 9.  See site for detailed schedule
    • Event Tickets : pre-sale $25  for the nightclub party only/ $30 on site, if available, $64 dinner special, if available for party only. (Reserve dinner separately, if wish)

Phil Crosby’s, Jimmy McConnell

2017 Update Dine and dance to Mr. Crosby’s wonderful cabaret show honoring is grandfather Bing Crosby. 17-Piece Big Band

  • Info:   Event Detail
    • Friday, November 17, 2017

      • Doors open at 7pm, showtime 9.  See site for detailed schedule
    • Event Tickets : pre-sale $25  for the nightclub party only/ $30 on site, if available, $64 dinner special, if available for party only. (Reserve dinner separately, if wish)

Note: there is dining and dancing most Sunday evenings. See their website for their schedule and to make reservations for dinner. You may also go just for the dancing.

Playford-to-Present – Annual Southern California English Country Dance Ball

The ball is geared towards experienced English Country dancers; there will be no teaching at the ball. Most dances will be briefed with a walk-through and lightly prompted. Some advanced dances will not be briefed or prompted. It is assumed that all dancers are either knowledgeable with these particular dances or are experienced enough to pick up patterns on just one walk through. Several of the dances have complex figures that will require familiarity before the day of the ball even for very experienced dancers.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., at 6:30 p.m. dancing begins with two breaks during the evening with light refreshments.

Ball Practice and Style Workshops will be held in advance. These are listed on the event page.

Ball attire is “Festive/Formal,” and is not period-specific. The dances span the years 1651 – 2010, and the attire in the hall will likely do the same. Guests will be dressed in everything from Medieval to Regency, Victorian to Jazz Age, and many (possibly even most) will be in modern formals. The degree of elaborateness of the clothing will also vary considerably, some guests will have very ornate costumes, others will be dressed very simply. Most will be dressed elegant/formal, some will be in fanciful costumes.

Dance Macabre Halloween Ball – Pasadena

Danse Macabre Masked Ball comes to Pasadena!  Join us for a costumed masked ball filled with hauntingly fun historical dance and music all themed for Halloween!

Featuring Darlene Hamilton and the musical hijinks of the Whirled Peas in a one-of-a-kind Halloween historical dance evening! Absolute beginners through advanced dancers are welcome. No partner needed.

Every month’s Victorian Dance Social will feature instruction in the group and couples dances of the period. During the interval, dancers are invited to partake of tea and comestibles while enjoying a brief talk on subjects of interest to the Victorian dancer.  Our event is at the lovely Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena which features a large wooden floor, air conditioning, and plenty of room for all!  Live music.

No Costume required (though they will be admired if you chose to wear one). 

No partner needed.  Beginning to Advance dancers.

 

Colonial Tea Dance and Social  Early Open

  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
    • 1:30 – 5:30

Truly Victorian Tea Social

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017
    • 1:30-5:30

 

 

Historical Dance & Ball Classes  Early Open

Join us twice a month for a fun and upbeat historical dance class! No experience necessary. Dances taught will vary with upcoming events.  Workshops are $8.

  • 2nd & 4th Tuesday nights

    • 7:30–9:30pm

You need not wear a costume to participate. Daywear of the Victorian era is welcome, as is other historical or fanciful dress. While there is no dress code, erring on the side of niceness will contribute to the charm of the event. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Both rubber-soled and high-heel shoes will impede your movement. We recommend you do not wear them.

Danse Macabre Victorian Masked Ball – Riverside

???  Don your mask and your finest grim attire for the Danse Macabre Victorian Masked Ball.  You will have your chance to dance the night away on a cool, smooth, sarcophagus-gray cement dance floor with a menagerie of nameless, faceless partners.  Whether you waltz, polka, or line up for one of the group dances, you won’t know who or what you’ve been trotting around with until the Grand Unmasking at Midnight.

Join our Parade of Horribles for the costume judging or dally on the fog-shrouded patio for some anonymous chit-chat with a mysterious stranger.  Come as you aren’t.  (From the folks who bring you the Riverside Dickens Festival.)

Playford-to-the-Present – English Country Dance Ball – Pasadena

The ball is geared toward knowledgeable English Country dancers; there will be no teaching at the ball. Most dances will be briefed with a walk-through and lightly prompted. Some advanced dances will not be briefed or prompted. It is assumed that all dancers are either knowledgeable with these particular dances or are experienced enough to pick up patterns on just one walk through. Several of the dances have complex figures that will require familiarity before the day of the ball even for very experienced dancers.

Live music, wonderful dances, sumptuous refreshments.

See their website for places to learn the dances in advance.

Orange County English Country Dance

  We dance every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.  LIVE MUSIC at every dance.

Beginners always welcome.  You can pre-register for our dance classes which are part of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Info: http://www.ocecd.sdecd.org/
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017  Early Open
    • Saturday, November 4, 2017
      • 4.30 to 7.30pm
    • The Anaheim Downtown Community Center
      • (Located in Anaheim between freeways I-5, 57 and 91)
      • 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim
    • Admission is $10 per person at the door.


Living History with a Halloween Flair

Cemetery Tours and Museums

Grave Expectations – Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour

The stars are waiting for you on this tour of one of Old Hollywood’s most sought after “afterworld” addresses. This gorgeous old site is the final resting place for a pantheon of performers, including Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Barbara LaMarr, C.B. De Mille,—and other high-flying Angelenos—and as the elegant (and eclectic) collection of monuments and mausoleums attest, our forefathers died as stylishly as they lived. Tour and tales!

  • Info: http://www.cemeterytour.com/or 818-517-5988 or info@cemeterytour.com
    • Hollywood Forever Cemetery,
      • 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (East of Gower), Hollywood
    • Tours September, most Saturdays; October most Saturdays and Sundays; and some Nov days, 2017
      • October 7, 14, 15,  21, 22, 29, November 4, 11, 2017
      • time vary, price may vary Early Open
    • *Tour dates can be subject to change, so check back or call 818-517-5988 to confirm. All tours begin at the flower shop by the entrance. Parking is available on the grounds.
    • $15, tour 2 hours. $1 to book online.  Check if RSVP required
      • Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen
      • Please contact for large groups or private tours.
      • Reservations suggested, available on line
    • Hidden Hollywood & Jewish Heritage Tour are available by request for groups.
    • Weekday tours available for groups. More dates though the year.

Heritage Square Museum Halloween Events

Enjoy the creepy happenings of Halloween at Heritage Square Museum. Learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era and participate in a funeral inside one of our historic homes. Find out about the movement of Spiritualism; what it was, who followed it and why, and perhaps have your future foretold by a fortune teller. See how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved. Finally, discover how even the intricate details of clothing played a role how Victorians showed their loss of a loved one, what hair jewelry is, and much more.

Heritage Square Museum

Halloween and Mourning Movie Night Early Open

  • Info: Event Details 
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at 7:30 p.m.
    • tickets  $10, free for museum members

Come join us at the Square as we screen a classic scary movie on Saturday, October 18. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their chairs, blankets, and a picnic and enjoy a night watching a spooky movie under the stars.   Please check on their events page for updates on the film.

Annual Halloween & Mourning Tours

Heritage Square’s Annual Halloween & Mourning Tours will return to the museum on Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, Noon to 4 p.m. Learn all about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era, the movement of Spiritualism, and how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones. The program is more family friendly on Sunday (only), as children ages 2 to 12 may come play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, and listen to spooky stories. $20 for Adults, $10 for Seniors over 65, $7 for Children 6 to 12 years. Free for Children under 6.

Grier Musser Museum Halloween Haunted House Tour

The Grier Musser Museum is a turn-of-the century historic Queen Anne house which displays fascinating antique collections admit it’s stunning architecture. Join them for a piece of haunted history. Located near downtown Los Angeles and close to the new Red Line Subway Station.

This year’s exhibit (September 14 – October 31, 2016) is Dorothy in Oz: “a collection of Halloween memorabilia that is displayed during the month., such as, old pumpkins, ghost and goblins. The museum has a collection of Halloween pop-up books of old witches and scary monsters that seem to pop out at you. Also on display is our collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.”

  • Info: http://griermussermuseum.org/ or 213-413-1814 Event Details
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017

      • 1 – 4 pm, Tours at 1 and 2:30
    • Grier Musser Museum
      • 403 South Bonnie Brae Street, LA
    • Tickets $12 adult / $6 kids
    • Reservation required

 

Beyond the Grave Tour – Homestead Museum

American attitudes toward death and memorization changed dramatically from the 1840s through the 1920s. Learn about these changes as experienced by the Workman and Temple families as you tour the historic site, and be prepared to meet a few special guests along the way!  Light refreshments.   Space on each tour is limited and advance purchase is highly recommended.

  • Info:   http://www.homesteadmuseum.org    or 626-968-8492  or Event Detail
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017 
      • Tour times: Every hour, 1-4pm
    • Homestead Museum
      • 15415 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry
    • Tickets: $6 adults / $4 students and seniors, reservations recommended
    • Recommended for ages 9+
    • This tour can accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour

Guided tour, history and interesting stories of the cemetery and the area, and individuals who helped shape the city’s political past, others are ordinary people whose tales remind us that rich or poor, famed or barely remembered, everyone has a story to tell. Period costumes worn by all the performers further heighten the experience with an aura of authenticity. Many guests get so involved in the presentation that they forget that it’s an actor telling the story and ask “what was it like to live here in 1920?” The tour is appropriate for families and all ages. There is nothing scary about the presentations or the location.

  • Info: http://hslb.org/historical-cemetery-tour (562)424-2220
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:30am – n00n
      • Guided Tours depart on the hour, 9 to Noon
      • Performances run continually from 9am-2:30
    • Long Beach Municipal & Sunnyside Cemeteries
      • 1095 E. Willow Street, Long Beach
    • Tickets: $20 (HSLB members $15), 5-18 – $8, under 5 – $1
    • Much walking, wear comfortable shoes

Lantern Tour – Twisted but True Tales between Evergreen – Riverside

2017 Update Join us for a Lantern Tour at Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery.  Held under a full moon you will be guided by lanterns and perhaps a few spirits as you hear the tales of some of our eternal residents who are eager to tell you of their demise.  You will meet some murderers, and hear about uncommon deaths of those gone too soon.  All of these strange stories are from Riverside’s history and are Twisted but True Tales Beneath Evergreen.  You’ll experience a spiritual smorgasbord that may set your spine tingling!  Don’t delay — people are dying to get in!  Help support the Cemetery and enjoy a great night of story telling theatre!  Light refreshments and related activities precede each tour start time.  Oracle card readings.

This is ADULT material.  You may wish to bring a flashlight to guide you through the murky past. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Info: http://evergreen-cemetery.info/  or  Event Info or  Ticket Details
    • Friday, October 6, 2017
      • 6:30 – 9pm
    • Evergreen Cemetery
      • 4414 14th Street, Riverside
      • (at the corner of 14th Street and Pine)
      • Street parking available around the cemetery.
    • Tickets: $25 – Adults only / Sells out quickly
      • 4 tour times, check in 1/2 hour early.
    • Guests are encouraged but not required to wear Victorian-era or Steam Punk costumes. Please no Halloween costumes. 

Tales from the Victorian Crypt – Evergreen Cemetery, Riverside

Featuring the tortured souls of several unrequited lovers. Come to the graveyard for an evening of Romance, Love, and Death — but not necessarily in that order.  The Old West will come back to life—more or less—-during the fourth annual Tales from the Victorian Crypt event in Riverside’s Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, , on October 13 & 14, 2017. The vault opens at 6:00 PM; show starts at 7:00. Tickets go fast, so buy ‘em while you can (Link to Ticket Page)

Clear the street for the sunset showdown when Code of the West re-enacts haunted history with a spectral shoot-out. Hear untold tales from the days of saddles and six-shooters when restless spirits tell their unsettling stories: a cache of cursed gold; a hanged man bent on revenge; a murdered saloon girl demanding justice from beyond the grave; and even a colonel in gray dabbling in black magic. Authors Ambrose Bierce and Edgar Allan Poe will also be there to make sure that you don’t get much sleep that night.  The Old West is still with us and there’s lots of unfinished business.  They don’t call them “ghost towns” for nothing.

Celebrates literacy, as well as the culture, during the 1800s.   Fundraiser for Dickensfest.  Haunting since 2014.

  • Info:  http://www.dickensfest.com   or Event Detail
    • Saturday – Sunday, October 13-14, 2017  – 6-9pm   EarlyBird
    • Evergreen Cemetery
      • 4414 14th Street, Riverside
      • (at the corner of 14th Street and Pine)
    • Tickets: $25 / sells out

Flashlight Tours at the Pioneer Cemetery – Sylmar

Atlas Obscura Society’s Flashlight Tour at Pioneer Cemetery

Join Curbed and KCET’s Hadley Meares as we explore the second oldest cemetery in San Fernando Valley by flashlight.

Active between 1874 and 1939, the history of Pioneer Memorial Cemetery has more plot twists than a movie by M. Night Shyamalan. During this adventure, we’ll recount some of the mysteries – and some of the discoveries – as we stroll the grounds of this heavily vandalized, historic graveyard. There will be tales of all night ghost investigations, missing gravestones that made their way back, and pets chucked over the fence in a case of mistaken graveyard identity. Included will be findings of a ground-penetrating radar survey to find lost graves, updates on research about the cemetery’s resident citizens, and stories about the San Fernando Valley Historical Society’s ongoing preservation and restoration efforts to save the 140-year-old cemetery from further decline.

  • Info: http://www.sfvhs.com/or    Event Detail
    • Saturday, October 15, 2016, 7pm
    • San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
      • 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar
    • See their webpage for more events.
    • Bring your own flashlight.
    • Please wear proper walking shoes and remember that it will be dark for most of the tour (there are red ants on the premises, so sandals are not advisable).

Also More Halloween Fun at Pioneer Cemetery

Special Halloween-themed movie screening of the 1968 classic “Night of the Living Dead” combined with an after-dark tour of Pioneer Cemetery will be offered for one night only.  There will be screenings at 7m then a flashlight tour of the cemetery.  A second movie showing & then midnight tour will begin at 10 p.m.  This second premium VIP experience will include a real ghosthunt and special door prizes.

Please bring your own flashlight, blanket or chair (recommended). Refreshments will be available for purchase. Cash only. Street parking. Movie may not be suitable for young children. All proceeds will go toward planting more trees in the old graveyard. For more information, please leave a message at .

  • Info: http://www.sfvhs.com/  or 818-970-1286
    • Saturday, October 29, 2016
    • San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
      • 14451 Bledsoe St., Sylmar
      • Limited street parking
    • Donation for movie and the tour afterwards
      • 7pm:  $10 per person ($5 if you wear a zombie costume)
      • 10pm: VIP $20 ($15 if you wear a zombie costume)
    • Bring your own flashlight, chair, blanket.  Close toed shoes recommended.

Haunted History Spooky Jazz Age Celebration – Los Encinos State Historic Park

Put on your roaring 20s picnic duds or vintage style Halloween costume, pack a picnic supper and come out to the park.

Much is still to be worked out, but we plan to have live music, activities for the kids and grown ups, and after dark, a showing of classic spooky cartoons and short films.

–admission is free but donations accepted

  • Info: http://los-encinos.org/  or  event detail
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017 
      • Organized program begins at 4 pm
    • Los Encinos State Historic Park
      • 16756 Moorpark St., Encino
    • Free
    • Come in costume if you like. Why not make it historic?

Dearly Departed – Stagecoach Inn

Shiver at the Haunting of the Old Grand Union Hotel. Haunt the Stagecoach Inn Museum (formerly the Grand Union Hotel) in Newbury Park (near Thousand Oaks). Hallowe’en is a natural for this old hotel on the original stage route from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.

Discover mourning traditions and rituals of the Victorians.  Displays of Widow’s Weeds and Weeping Veils, Hair Art.  Seances, period music, ghost stories for the kids.  Will Pierre the ghost make an appearance??? 

  • Info: http://www.stagecoachmuseum.org/ or facebook or Event Detail or (805) 498-9441
    • Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1-4
    • Conejo Valley Historical Society and the Stagecoach Inn Museum
      • 51 S Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, just off the 101 freeway, Ventu Park Road.
    • $5 adults, Seniors and Student, $4, $2 kids

Costumes not required but if you feel the urge to dress in the time frame of around 1880 it’ll be all the merrier!

Ghost Gathering! – Heritage Museum of Orange County New Event

Join folks for a night of ghostly delights. Ghost Tours, Paranormal Investigations,  Occult Blacksmith, German Beer Garden, Gastronomic Delights,  Live and Dead music.

There will also be a contest for the best “traditional witch” costume. No “good witches” allowed!

Victorian Tea Society presents: “A Witches’ Brew” Tea!  New Event

This special child friendly Tea has become a “hit” at Heritage Museum of Orange County.
Participate in our carved pumpkin contest. Bring a carved pumpkin no larger than 5 lbs. to enter. The pumpkins will be judged by none other than Greg Gilger of “Rise of the Pumpkins” fame!

There will also be a contest for the best “traditional witch” costume. No “good witches” allowed!


More Historic Costume Events for the Fall

Escondido Renaissance Faire – Shakespeare in the Park

Visit with the inhabitants of the “Village of Falconbridge” and view scenes of one of San Diego’s most beautiful Parks. The age of chivalry will be recreated among the wonders of nature in this idealic setting. Travel back to a distant place in time to share memories and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First.

  • Info:   http://www.oldetymeproductions.com/ or  (805) 496-6036
    • October 28-29 & November 4-5, 2017, 10 am- 6 pm 
    • Felicita County Park, Lake Escondido, 25 miles ne of San Diego
    • Tickets: $18, kids under 12 $8, free for ages 4 and under, Weekend passes, and more pricing info on site

 

Wild West Weekend! – Underwood Family Farms Harvest Festival (Moorpark / Newbury Park)

The Ventura county farm opens up every October for a Harvest Festival. Acres of pumpkins and other fall vegetables, plus lots of entertainment, themed by weekend. Craft fair and a country store.

  • October 21 – 22, 2017: Wild West Weekend! Stunt ropers, a flea circus, music, magic and much more! Early Open
    • See site for more themes 
  • Info: http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html
    • 3370 Sunset Valley Road, off of Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark
    • September 30 – October 29, 2017
    • Admission: $14 – $20 for the weekend festivals, $3 on weekdays. Kids under 2 free, parking free, check local papers for coupons for some weekend.

Riley’s Farm – Harvest Colonial Village and Dinner Adventures -Oak Glen

2017 UpdateRiley’s Farm is a working apple orchard and living history farm featuring pick-your-own fruit, living history education, dinner theater, group banquet facilities and extended, historically-themed overnight stays.

Fall Harvest Colonial Village

Riley’s Farm presents the Fall Harvest Colonial Village!  Come join us at Colonial Chesterfield, and become a part of a working 18th century township! Learn crafts like Buttermaking, Candle-dipping, throw a Tomahawk or shoot Archery! There is something to do for everyone in your group! Join us each Saturday this fall.

  • Info: Event detail or 909-797-7534
    • Saturdays this fall, starting September 30, 2017
      • 10am – 5pm
    • Tickets: $10 adults / $7 kids / Family of 4 $28
      • Includes 3 activity tickets

Dinner and a Show in the evenings

Open every day but Sunday for picking fruit. Buy tickets for individual programs and/or meals most days of the weeks. Check their calendar for program details: Sleepy Hollow Celebration, Harvest Festival, Civil War Adventure, Colonial Farm Life Adventure, Revolutionary War Adventure, Old Joe Homestead, Gold Rush Adventure. Each event has it’s own set of entertainments and workshops, schedule of meals and more. Days do sell out.

  • Info: http://www.rileysfarm.com/ or 909-797-7534
    • Events all year.  For October 2017 see  their calendar for dinner and show info. 
    • Pricing varies w/ event. Order tickets on line or RSVP – Days do sell out
      • Sleepy Hollow Celebration,Evenings
      • Colonial Farm Life Adventure
      • Revolutionary War Adventure
      • Gold Rush Adventure
      • Old Joe Homestead
      • Dracula
    • Riley’s Farm
      • 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen
      • A bit beyond the 10/60 Freeway merge, use their map page for instructions because map quest doesn’t always get it right.
      • They are a large farm, which parking lot you use depends on the event.

The Gunfight Behind the Jersey Lilly – Corona

12 stages of Cowboy Action Shooting side matches ~ Top Gun and Sweet 16 Shoot Off ~ our traditional Thursday Night Punkin’ Bowling Black Powder Night Shoot and Friday Night Poker Tournament ~ Saturday night dance. Cowboy church Sunday morning.

The California State Championship. A whole Cowboy Town with lots of vendors, plenty of food and on-site camping!

Great Western War – Society of Creative Anachronism

Go to war medieval style! Also classes, performances, lots of shopping, evening parties. Enjoy yourself in a simpler time.

  • Info: http://www.caid-gww.org/
    • October 4-9, 2017 Early Open
    • Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, 13601 Ironbark Rd, Taft, (near Bakersfield)
    • Costume required. Medieval through 1600s

There are more costume & dance events scheduled for October. Check http://walternelson.com/dr/for many more ideas throughout the year.


Pirates!

Pirate Day – September 19 – a tad early, but Costumes!

International Talk like a Pirate Day

September 19. Check various group calendars for the extra planned silliness

Pirate Festival – Shoreline Village – Long Beach

Every year Shoreline Village at Rainbow Harbor is taken over by dozens of pirates turning the waterfront into a swashbuckling adventure enjoyed by all. Guests young and old are encouraged to come dressed in their best pirate garb and join in the fun.

At Shoreline Village, this year’s antics include:  Pirate themed stage performances and entertainers. Live sword fighting.  Live music from pirate bands.  Mermaids available for photos.  Plenty of photo ops.  Face painting and stilt walkers.

This year’s festival will also feature our very own pirate ship! Pirate-themed harbor tours will also be available on Spirit Cruise’s sailing ship.

The kids will have a blast at The Aquarium of the Pacific with pirate-themed activities including a giant inflatable pirate ship slide, pirate band and a children’s craft table.

Tall Ship Festival  New Event

In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This extraordinary event takes place each year the second weekend in September. History comes alive, as crews from each ship, along with historical re-enactors, engage the public in cannon battles, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters , ship tours, and much more.

  • Friday:  Sails ‘n Ales: Craft beer. Parade of Sails – come aboard and hoist a sail.
  • Saturday & Sunday:  Mermaid Breakfast: Join our mermaid friends for brunch, storytime, and under the sea crafts! Festival:  Tall Ships tours, pirate adventures, mermaid encounters, unique vendors, Sierra Nevada Beer Garden, and more await for you.  See the website for more activities and times.  Cannon Battles: Enjoy blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks, and the magnificence of a canvas full of wind during a Cannon Battle! Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge, and survival!

Sailing tall ships since 1985.

Pirate Dinner – Legend Of The Loch Ness Monster New Event

Guests will enjoy an astonishing display of special effects, aerial artistry, swashbuckling swordplay and dynamic duels while enjoying a delicious, four-course feast, fit for a Pirate King! The action is set aboard an 18th Century Spanish galleon adrift in a 250, 000- gallon lagoon. Our talented crew makes this show possible with brilliant actors, singers and stunt performers. Lads, lasses and scallywags of all ages don costumes to bring the adventure to life.

It is the night of the 10th Annual Governor’s Gala, an extravagant celebration.  At the climax of the evening’s festivities… PIRATES ATTACK!  Captain Sebastian The Black and his pirate crew catch the King’s soldiers by surprise and take the Golden Gypsy, Princess Anita and all her guests captive! Captain Sebastian and his crew take the prisoners back to their ship in the Secret Cove where The Captain plans on taking his revenge by using the Gypsy and Princess Anita to perform a ritual to locate the legendary treasure.

Will Captain Sebastian find the treasure he has been searching for? Will Benjamin’s love for the Princess over power his father’s lust for riches and revenge? Will anyone survive when the fearsome Loch Ness Monster rises above the ship deck to defend his pirate treasure? Find out during a night packed with action, stunts, aerial artistry, special effects, and fun on the High Seas!

Keep an eye out for surprise pirate encounters as you mix and mingle! Enjoy a scrumptious variety of tray passed appetizers.  but, save room because there is a feast awaiting that can satisfy even the hungriest of pirates!    Face painters, photos and seaport merchants.

  • Info: http://piratesdinneradventureca.com  or  Calendar
    • All year long, 2017  Early Open
      • Multiple shows on Saturday and Sunday, 7pm show on Weekdays
      • October – Turns to Vampirate’s
    • 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
      • Just off the 91 Freeway and Beach Boulevard.
    • Tickets for dinner & show: $62 / $37 kids / Under 2 Free on lap/ 
      • Group rates and upgrades available
      • Search for ticket discounts. /Handicap seating available, notify
      • Meal choices include gluten free, vegan, vegetarian.
    • We invite guests to dress up in pirate garrrrrrb and get their Pirate accent ready.

Buccaneer Days – Catalina Island

Aargh, mateys! Come celebrate our Annual Buccaneer’s Weekend. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a weekend of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music, and a lot of fun.  Attendees are invited to don their best pirate costume and set sail.  The cover charge provides access to four days of swashbuckling fun.

This year’s event will feature more entertainment than ever before with  live bands on all four days and DJs spinning hits late into the night. The Pirate Village will encompass the Harbor Reef Restaurant deck and the plaza below, with multiple satellite bars, treasure hunts and costume contests to provide fun for everyone.  Live Bands, DJs.

Looking for more Historic events throughout the year??? Check out the Vintage Dance and History Calendar.


Da Graveyard….

Stuff that we can’t get current info on, or has been canceled…

 

Southern California Autumn Ball

??? Your subscription includes dance lessons at 10 a.m. (beginners) and 2 p.m. (intermediates), by our Choreographer John Hertz; a full tea with lecture; and dancing from half past 7, with buffet supper at half past 9. It is a well-provided day, and has long been a pleasant and applauded affair.

  • Info: http://www.regencyfriends.org or Event Link
    • Saturday, October 19, 2013 
    • Masonic Scottish Rite Cathedral
      • 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena
    • Ball subscriptions $30 until October 14th 2013 , then $35
      • Box lunch subscriptions, $20, must be received by October 16th
    • Period costume of about the year 1800 is welcome but not required.

Huntington Library Halloween

After-School Adventure: Huntington Chamber of Horrors

What creepy carnivores inhabit the Huntington? On the eve of Halloween, Jim Folsom, director of the Botanical Gardens, turns into a mad scientist and conjures up some weirdly wonderful predatory plants. Join him if you dare! Ages 5 and up. Fee includes one accompanying adult.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 3:30- 5::00 pm 
  • Members: $10. Non-Members: $15
  • Registration: 626-405-2128
  • The Huntington Library
    • 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino

 The Blackguard’s Banquet

The Curious Collections of Baker Street / The Los Angles Sherlock Holmes Society are in their twenty-second year of Sherlockian events!

A Blackguards’ Banquet – Carnival of Crime.  We are pulling out all the stops to bring you a night of villians and villainy, games and fun!!

Participants are encouraged to wear their vintage finery.   No swords, edged weapons or firearms of any kind will be permitted. If you are in costume, please remember you will be moving around and doing a fair amount of walking.

Haunted Orange County Paranormal Ghost Hunt

For 40 years, people have claimed to hear, see and feel all manner of mysterious happenings at Heritage Square Museum. Whether it is the nature of the Victorian architecture, the historic furnishings and paintings on display or something all-together different, “ghost sightings” have occurred at the museum since its inception. Haunted Orange County ventures into Haunted LA County as they once again investigate the museum.

Join Haunted Orange County for a special paranormal ghost hunt at Heritage Square Museum on Saturday, Please check the events page for updated information.

    • Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles
    • Saturday, October 12, 2013    Now held in the summer
    •  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. VIP meet and greet, refreshments
    •  8:oop.m. – 1:00 a.m.  VIP and general admission
    • Tickets are $75 general admission and $100 VIP admission

Marching Through History Military Exposition

MTHE is a family-oriented, educational atmosphere, celebrating the history of those who have defended their civilizations throughout history. Visitors are invited to walk through the camps of the participants. See historic memorabilia, living history presentation, period battles and demonstrations, historic vehicles and equipment.

MTHE is the largest time-line living history event west of the Mississippi River. They have nearly one-thousand historical interpretive specialists representing many different aspects of world history from Ancient Rome, to Elizabethan England, to Colonial America and beyond. Their timeline starts with the beginning of the civilized world and marches its way through history to the current conflicts.

  • Info: http://www.marchingthruhistory.com/
    • October 5-14, 2012, 9:30-5:30, Early Open
      • Main pass-in-review parade at noon. See site for full event list
    • Prado Regional Park
      • 16700 Euclid Ave, Chino
    • $7 per vehicle to enter the park