October is fast approaching, and along with it everyone's favourite dark and twisted holiday (no, not Canadian Thanksgiving). Besides all the usual opportunities for indulging our monstrous proclivities, vampire fans have a few more options this year. Choices, choices...
The Endless Night Festival extends Hallowe'en into a three-day, adults-only* orgy (probably not literally) of all manner of vampiric and paranormal diversions. Confirmed events already include the Carnaval de Macabre (Paranormal Investigation, Ghost Speakers Session, Day of the Dead Ritual), Haunted History tours, Devil's Night Fetish Party, Dark Bazaar, as well as a meet and greet, panel discussion, and a Day of the Dead Art auction. Prices, times, and locations vary, so for more information, click here. There's also a dress code and it will be enforced.
"A Night in Versailles," aka The Vampire Ball of New Orleans is Endless Night's main event. This one is tempting indeed, and well worth the $30 ticket cost ($40 at the door) with performances by Libertina Dance Company, Jeniviva's Mystical Hips Belly Dance, SimpleComplexity, DJ Fangz, and DJ Aengel. This year also sees the introduction of the 1st Annual Endless Night Costume Contest, with categories including "Period," "Fetish," "Horror," and "Crowd Pleaser" (surprisingly not the same as 'Fetish'). VIP tickets ($65 each or $99 after October 15) get you early admission (10 pm vs midnight) to the ball, access to the Anne Rice After-Party and the Vampire Ball After-Party, access to the Devil's Night Fetish Party, access to the VIP Balcony Lounge, a t-shirt, discounts, and extra raffle tickets. The Vampire Ball takes place on Saturday, 31 October 2009 at the House of Blues (225 Decatur St., New Orleans). For more info and to buy tickets, click here.
*Sorry kids, your tickets are only valid if you're over 18, but you can still always go to a Twilight Convention near you, although apparently not for Hallowe'en.
On Friday, 30 October, you can also attend Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club's True Blood & Gold Ball. This one's listed under the weekend agenda of Endless Night, but it doesn't seem to actually be part of the Festival (note: it overlaps with the Devil's Night Fetish Party, so those of you hoping to attend both might be out of luck).
Another 18+ only event, there will be performances by the Kinky Tuscaderos, Saints of Ruin, and Marc Gunn. The main draw, however, will likely be the special appearance (and chance to meet) Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood fame) and Gabrielle Faust (author of the Eternal Vigilance saga). Tickets are $20 for Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club members, and $30 for non-members (for more info and to purchase tickets, click here). True Blood & Gold Ball, 30 October 2009 at Republic New Orleans (828 South Peters St., New Orleans).
The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club is also hosting a wine and absinthe tasting and True Blood & Gold meet and greet on Thursday, 29 October 2009. Ticket prices range from $35 to $70 dollars, depending on whether you're a member, what you want to taste, and whether you purchase your tickets in advance or at the door. All proceeds are going to Habitat for Humanity. Your True Blood & Gold Ball ticket will not get you in to the tasting. Also, and hopefully needless to say, you need to be of legal drinking age for this one. For more info and to buy tickets, click here.