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Dress Up In Your Dapperest Outfit For The Queen Mary's Art Deco Festival

(Photo via The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles/Facebook)
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If you have ever wanted to go back to the 1920s or 1930s for some reason, the Art Deco Festival aboard the Queen Mary is your chance, only with WiFi and Tinder. If you love Art Deco, Los Angeles is a good place to live, not only because the city is packed with the architecture, but because the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles throws a number of events for era-enthusiasts all year long. The grandest of the events is the annual Art Deco Festival, which will happen for the 12th time on August 19 to 21, L.A. Magazine reports. It consists of three days of period-appropriate events, including tours, lectures and parties, most of it taking place on a ship that took its maiden voyage on May 27, 1936.

There will be a vintage auto show, vendors, vintage hair styling and tours of Long Beach's Art Deco buildings and art. There will also be a soda fountain tasting and a Gatsby dayside garden party, Prohibition mixology classes, and a tea time dance. Lecture topics include cigarette holders, filmmaking, radio, artist Noel Coward, and Jennifer Wong will also present a lecture on her grandfather, architect Liu Jipiao. And of course, the event would not be complete without a couple of cocktail parties. Friday night's parties involve speakeasies and pajamas, while the main fête, the Art Deco Grand Ball, is on Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events, the entire weekend, or the entire weekend plus a hotel room on the boat here.

Here's a video of the event in 2011 with a filter that makes it look sort of like parts of The Shining, which is fitting, since people like to say the Queen Mary is haunted:

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And here's the event in 2012:

If maritime parties aren't your thing, the Art Deco Society is also hosting a trip to Santa Barbara via train in November for members. Guests will travel via a vintage rail car before spending the day in Santa Barbara and then returning to L.A. that evening.

As for the Queen Mary, it will soon be undergoing renovations intended to update the ship while keeping its Art Deco stylings intact.

Art Deco Festival takes place August 19-21 at the Queen Mary, located at 1126 Queens Hwy in Long Beach. Tickets are available here.