Do you love theme parties? Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Is there space in your closet dedicated to your collection of wigs and masquerade masks? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes,’ you may be in love with the art of dress up. And if so, this is just the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of Los Angeles area events that are costume-friendly. Enjoy.
Big Bear Renaissance Faire
Attendees to the Big Bear Renaissance Faire should break out their best corsets, stockings, and heeled suede boots for a month-long celebration that involves a lot of folly filled role play. Fair maidens and knights can look forward to jousting, belly dancers, an archery tournament, musicians and singers, live history encampments and much more.
August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2016
Big Bear Renaissance Faire, 39115 Rim of the World Drive, Fawnskin, CA, USA
Dapper Day is a two-day event that occurs twice a year at Disneyland in Anaheim. The free event celebrates ‘stylish living from yesterday and today.’ Guests dress up in fashionable vintage duds and have the opportunity to expand their retro wardrobes by shopping at the different vintage vendor selections attending the expo. Not just for shopping, Dapper Day attendees can enjoy the live music and dancing that’s planned for each event.
November 5-6, 2016
Disneyland, 1313 Disney Land Drive, Anaheim, CA, USA +1 714 781 4636
Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is celebrated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. All are encouraged to dress up in Day of the Dead costume complete with traditional La Calavera Catrina (dapper skeleton/elegant skull) face paint and attire. Altars are placed throughout the event to help attendees pay homage to their dead loved ones. And they’re treated to fine Mexican cuisine and arts and crafts for purchase.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 469 1181
‘The art of monsters and movie magic’ is celebrated twice a year at Monsterpalooza. In addition to meet and greets with monster movie stars, vendor booths, and monster memorabilia on display, there’s the opportunity to be turned into a real live monster by a professional special effect makeup artist. Attendees come dressed up in everything from classic movie monsters like Wolfman to more modern scary dudes like Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show.
September 16-18, 2016
Marriot Burbank Hotel and Convention Center, 2500 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, USA +1 818 843 6000
Wasteland Weekend is a four-day post-apocalyptic party in the Mojave desert that has been going strong since 2010. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in dystopian threads. And just this year they added a Wasteland car show so you can check out rides outfitted to look like they belong in the Thunderdome. If you’ve got a passion for all things Mad Max, then this is the event for you.
September 22-25, 2016
California City, CA, USA
Wondercon is the sister show to the epic Comic-Con International. In addition to the various panels, merchandise booths, giveaways, and the like, participants can look forward to dressing up in their best cosplay. They can compete in costume contests or attend the popular masquerade.
March 31-April 2, 2017
Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA, USA +1 714 765 8950