Don your corset and Victorian-era skirt – or tailored suit and monocles – and head to Mendocino County’s third annual steampunk festival, Kinetic Carnivale.
The weekend holds a wealth of events, including handcar races at the Skunk Train tracks, a steampunk art show, lectures, historical workshops and museum exhibits. A grand ball at 7 p.m. Saturday features “fan folding, corset lacing, swooning, blushing” and more, according to the website. Perhaps of more importance, there will also be aerial acrobats, marionettes, fire dancers and live music. Tickets run $20-$40 for the ball.
The general, family-friendly fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 with craft merchants, music, dancing, theater, food vendors and the Whimsy Circus for children. The Carnivale is held at Recreation Grove Park, at 400 East Commercial St., Willits. Entrance costs $10 per day for adults and $5 for seniors and youths ages 13 to 18. The festival is free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.kineticcarnivale.com.
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