The 12th Art Deco Festival aboard the Queen Mary at Longbeach is scheduled for August 19-21. The weekend will celebrate the iconic 20th Century artistic movement that influenced countless examples of architecture, painting, design, cinema, fashion, automobiles...not to mention the world's most advanced ocean liner of the time.
Produced in collaboration with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, the Queen Mary will revive a time when society people dressed for dinner and danced the night away. Daily activities include a showcase of vintage cars, a bazaar selling collectibles and vintage goods, and lively lectures from experts on the social mores and cultural trends (why was Noel Coward such a star?) of the Art Deco era.
A Prohibition Mixology class will serve period libations (such as Prohibition cocktails like The Bee's Knees) while the popular dance crazes that helped express the energy of the era will be on display at the Deco Derby Pajama Party, tunes provided by Jim Ziegler and the Swingsations at the controls.
Sunday features a Tea Dance while Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters jazz ensemble will provide the soundtrack for the Gatsby Daze Garden Party.
The Art Deco Festival's high point is the Grand Ball. The formal vintage 'dress-to-impress' evening presents a lavish four-course meal consisting of a historic menu. The Dean Mora Orchestra will set the mood. Yet, it is the Art Deco aficionados and returning festivalgoers who will again be the real stars of the weekend celebration.
Day Passes start at $25 and an all-access Art Deco Grand Pass to the festival is $399. For Hotel Packages, full schedule of activities, pricing and more information, go here. Learn more about the Queen Mary.