Post-pandemic, fanciful affairs like The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball feel more special and celebratory than ever. The fantasy driven fete is back this weekend for its signature meld of make-believe and magical moments. Classical and electronic dance music drives the extravaganza which is always elevated by thematic live performances, immersive decor and mythical production and backdrops. Inspired by David Bowie’s goblin king, Venetian tradition and Celtic faerie aesthetics, the event is unlike any other; and guests spend months putting their looks together. If you’re still thinking about attending, best get on it now, but be aware: a trip to Party City will not do. Period dress, masks and formal -preferably period- attire are mandatory, and this crowd goes all out. From cosplayers and costumers, to special effects experts and makeup artists, to eccentrics and fantasy fans of all ilks, this ball is a bodaciously imaginative evening to remember. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave. Downtown. Fri.- Sat., Aug. 18-19 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. labyrinthmasquerade.com/tickets/
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