Art Deco fest aboard Queen Mary over holiday weekend

Visitors to the Art Deco Festival can turn back the hands of time to the Roaring Twenties. The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles image

Visitors to the Art Deco Festival can turn back the hands of time to the Roaring Twenties. The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles image

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The 11th annual Art Deco Festival, in association with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, returns to the Queen Mary Sept. 4-7. The festival brings the 1920s through 1940s into the 21st century with elaborate parties, musical entertainment, vintage dress experiences, food and beverage tastings, Queen Mary Art Deco example tours, lectures and more.

The weekend’s activities span all aspects of Art Deco and its influence on everything from fashion, music, and cuisine to art and culture. Festivalgoers can explore the tastes of the age at the popular Prohibition mixology tastings or the all-new chef’s tastings of the times, a cooking demonstration and sampling of 1930s comfort foods. For the collectibles enthusiast, the Golden Era Travel Showcase features vintage cars while a new lounge area displays antiques and old-fashioned games. A colorful bazaar offers guests take home keepsakes with an array of hard-to-find goods and even a pop-up hair salon for the complete vintage look.

The soundtrack of the times goes live at the Gatsby Daze Garden Party – an afternoon of dancing to ’20s chart toppers with the 11-piece Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra. Grammy-winning Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys will waltz and foxtrot through Sunday’s Tea Dance, while the Dean Mora Orchestra performs at the most glamorous event of the weekend, the Grand Art Deco Ball. From the cabaret dancers at the Bootlegger’s Bash or the Satin Dollz at the Martini Bar, abundant live entertainment brings the era to life. Classic cocktails, and moonshine accompany jazz, swing, and big band music weekend-long.

Daily lectures cover various Art Deco topics and walking tours examine the Queen Mary’s design elements, artworks and carvings – a living art history collection built at the peak of the movement.

“The weekend turns back time onboard and allows Art Deco lovers to appreciate the elegance of the glittering past with the Queen Mary as the perfect setting, ” said John Thomas, president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and Queen Mary Historic Consultant. “Annually increasing festival attendance and enthusiastic participation is confirmation that Art Deco is still relevant today and has inspired us to deliver a festival that is better than ever,” added Thomas.

Day Passes start at $29 and an all-inclusive Art Deco Grand Passport is $399. Art Deco aficionados can stay onboard for the weekend’s duration with a variety of packages. For complete schedule of activities, pricing, tickets and more information, visit: http://queenmary.com/events/art-deco-festival/

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.

About the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles celebrates and preserves the architecture, design, arts, music, dance, fashion and elegance of Art Deco. The ADSLA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, preservation and awareness of Art Deco as a major influence on the 20th century and beyond. Since 1983, the organization has welcomed people with an interest in the many facets of Art Deco. More information at http://adsla.org/info/