The Great Basin Costume Society plans to hold picnics, workshops, dances, and other fun events throughout the coming year, but we can't forget that Reno/Tahoe already has many wonderful events to "invade!" Here's a non-comprehensive list of what to do - in costume! - in 2010:
Valhalla Renaissance Fair - June 5 - 6; 12 -13, 2010,Tahoe. 1550s-1600, Elizabethan England.
The Carson City Rendezvous - June 11-13, 2010 -19th century. Pioneers, Mountain Men, Explorers, Miners.
Mark Twain Western Days - June 12 - 13, 2010 ,Tahoe. 19th century.
The Reno Rodeo - June 17-26, 2010 - 1849 - 1950s. This is the perfect place to celebrate the history of the West with classic cowboy and cowgirl gear. Think split skirts, cowboy boots, wild rags, spurs, and ten-gallon hats.
Concours d'Elegance Wooden Boat Festival - June 18-20, 2010, Tahoe - 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Let's visit the festival in our "Gatsby" gear, and have a picnic on the Lake.
Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival - July 9 - August 22, 2010 - 1550-1600 Elizabethan. Wine, cheese, amazing performances in the natural amphitheatre at San Harbour...and Elizabethan costume!
Hot August Nights - July 30-August 8, 2010 - 1920s - 60s. There are so many events around town, from show n' shines, to dances, to cruising. This is a good time to pull out your leather jacket, poodle skirt, or be daring in a cute 1920s bathing suit!
Great Gatsby Festival and Tea - August 14-15, 2010 - Lake Tahoe. 1920s
Nevada State Fair - August 25-29, 2010 - 1950s, or whichever era the State Fair brings to mind
Burning Man - August 30 - September 6, 2010 - this one speaks for itself!
The Rib Cook-Off - September 1 - 6, 2010
Virginia City Camel Races - September 10-12, 2010
Sacramento Gold Rush Days - September (date unknown as of yet) -1849-1860s. Hoop Skirts, miners, prospectors, Civil War reenactment. This is one not to be missed.
The Great Reno Balloon Races - September 11-12, 2010 - 1890s. Balloons were a big thing to the Victorians and Edwardians. Let's do brunch on the sweeping greens of Rancho San Rafael, and watch the balloons launch!
Reno Air Races - September 15-19, 2010 - 1920s, 30s, 40s.
Street Vibrations - September 22-26, 2010
If you know of other events in the Reno/Tahoe area, please leave comments in the comment section below to inform us, and we'll add them to the "Invasion Calendar." Look for an official 2010 GBCS Calendar of Events, Workshops, Teas, and Socials, coming soon.