Pack your best vintage frock in your steamer trunk and prepare to sail into the glorious past aboard the Queen Mary. On Labor Day weekend, the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles hosts its ninth annual Art Deco Festival aboard the sumptuous ocean liner parked in Long Beach. Deco aficionados travel from all over the world to partake in activities including the Vintage Bazaar and Auto Display, a tea dance, a “bon voyage” pajama party and vintage double-decker bus tours of indubitably deco downtown Long Beach. There's also a program of lectures, including “When Deco Met Tin Pan Alley,” “Theatrical Pioneers of the Art Deco Era: Fanchon & Marco” and (appealing to the kids, perhaps) “Art Deco Super Heroes: Superman & Batman.” The highlight of the weekend is the glamorous Grand Art Deco Ball, a four-course dinner with dancing to live music by Dean Mora & the Queen Mary Orchestra. Don't worry if you don't know your Lindy hop from your foxtrot — just get out on the floor and shimmy! RMS Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach; Fri., Aug. 30-Sun., Sept. 1; events priced individually or in packages. (877) 342-0742,

Fri., Aug. 30; Sat., Aug. 31; Sun., Sept. 1, 2013

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