Party before the party at the Edison.

If the real world is feeling a little TOO real…or you’ve just been dying to debut your new elf ears, the Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball XIII offers four days of parties, pre-parties, after-parties, costumes, music, dance, and fairy dust.

Ms. Go Go trusts that you know your own limits for fairy dust.

The festival of fey opens tonight with a no cover pre-event at the Edison downtown when Sypher Studios presents the 21+ only Darius Exposition, where guests can preview the costumes, characters and stories of the weekend’s Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball, one of the most elaborate costume balls  in the country.  Among the performers: The League of STEAM and the Stilt Circus, which will hopefully not trample the Edison’s Green Fairy and her absinthe cart.

It's a marvelous night for a moondance....

Steampunk aficionados will also want to wind their watches for the Friday night Goblin Clockwork at the Gates of Night when Sypher Studios takes over the newly renovated Park Plaza Hotel and the party begins for (un)real with shows, sword fights, dance,  music and the aforementioned clockworks.   The revelry continues Saturday night with The Grand Masquerade, for which theme-appropriate costumes OR formal dress with mask are REQUIRED for entry.

In other words, don’t think you can just plop on a hat crocheted out of beer cans and sashay in.

Masked and mysterious at the Park Plaza Hotel

The Middle-Eastern and Medieval-influenced Stellamara and the Aborigine-Celtic-influenced Brother will perform both evenings along with belly dancers, drummers,and marionettes. (Because it wouldn’t be a party without marionettes.) There are pre-parties both evenings and an after-party, co-hosted by White Wolf Publishing, on Saturday;  each event is a separate charge.  All of the extremely limited tickets are only available online before the weekend begins so wave that magic MasterCard before popping into your Prius-turned-pumpkin-coach.

Glass slippers encouraged but not required….

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

The Darius Exposition (Labyrinth Masquerade Pre-event)

Thursday, July 15 @ 8:30PM

the Edison

108 West 2nd St.

Los Angeles 90012


No cover/21+

Goblin Clockwork at the Gates of Night

Friday, July 16th @ 8:00PM

The Grand Masquerade

Saturday, July 17th @ 8:00PM

The Park Plaza Hotel

607 South Park View Street

Los Angeles 90057

$39 – $113

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