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Take It Back To The Twenties This Weekend

(Courtesy of The Homestead Museum.)

On October 5th and 6th, relive the excitement of the Roaring Twenties at the Homestead Museum's annual Ticket to the Twenties festival. Enjoy vintage jazz, dancing, fashion shows, silent films with live musical accompaniment, marionettes, crafts, games, and more. Admissions is free and guests are encouraged to don their low-waist dresses, bob-length hair, and tailored suits to enhance the experience.

Jazz ruled the music scene during the 1920s, and on each day of the festival, bands will play throughout the beautiful grounds of the six-acre Homestead Museum. Saturday's headliners are the California Feetwarmers, and Sunday's is Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys.

On Saturday, guests can enjoy lively talks about Harry Houdini and celebrity deaths of the 1920s presented by John Cox and Karie Bible. They might inspire you to take a self-guided tour of El Campo Santo, one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California and the final resting place of Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. At your leisure, view exhibits inside La Casa Nueva, a magnificently restored 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion, and the Victorian-era Workman House.

Sunday will feature puppet shows presented by the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theater and members of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles presenting jaw-dropping fashion shows. Visitors wearing their glad rags can participate in a costume contest, which is always a crowd-favorite.

Throughout the weekend, composer Michael Mortilla will provide live musical accompaniment for a collection of silent film shorts in the museum's Gallery. Under the shade of historic oak and pomegranate trees you can pass some time learning how to play the ukulele or the game of Mah Jongg, both of which were popular in the '20s. If you love dancing, join the Hollywood Hotshots as they demonstrate and teach popular dances of the era. More information can be found on The Homestead Museum website.

Ticket to the Twenties

  • Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th: 2PM - 6PM
  • Homestead Museum, 15415 E. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry - Google Maps
  • Picnics are welcome
  • Food trucks and merchants will be on-site both days