The 11th VMB is nearly upon us! A lot of major announcements are currently being made so check the website/Facebook regularly for up-to-date information! It has been decided that this year’s VMB will again be a two-day event, with Friday night being a more relaxed “meet & greet” environment with some live music followed by DJ’s and dancing, and Saturday the night of the elegant ball.
When: Friday & Saturday, March 29th & March 30th. (both nights are 21+)
Friday venue: Dante’s - 350 W. Burnside St, Portland
Saturday venue: Melody Ballroom - 615 SE Alder St, Portland
And don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event invite!
In-store tickets: Wells & Verne. 8315 SE 13th Ave, Portland. **cash only**
Saturday, March 30th - Melody Ballroom – 615 SE Alder St, Portland
Please note the pricing is tiered! ** +$2.00 surcharge if purchased online.
If you purchased your tickets on or after 3/24 they will be available via will-call at the door the night of the event.
$45.00 @ the door
$12.00 @ door
**VIP tables do NOT include entry into the event.
Large Table (seats 10): $200 (+$5 surcharge). SOLD OUT!! Includes 2 bottles of Ravenswood wine and a large platter of catered food. (+10 additional tickets for a chance to win one of the large gift baskets).
**VIP tables are NON-REFUNDABLE! No exceptions!
Small Table (seats 4): $125. (+$5 surcharge) SOLD OUT!! Includes 1 bottle of Ravenswood wine and a small platter of catered food. (+4 additional tickets for a chance to win one of the large gift baskets).
**VIP tables are NON-REFUNDABLE! No exceptions!
The Crowne Plaza is once again offering a discount to guests of the VMB for both Friday and Saturday night. As a reminder one of the biggest bonuses of this hotel is their FREE SHUTTLE service both to and from the venues, as well as free shuttle to/from the airport, train/bus stations. Additional amenities include indoor pool/jacuzzi, free wifi, etc.
Rate: $119 (tax not included) for either 1 King or 2 Queen beds. To make your reservation call the front desk at (503) 233-2401 and reference the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball discount, or you can make your discounted reservation online here.
The Waltz at Midnight
In 2008, the violinist Paul Mercer initiated what was to become a tradition every year at the VMB, the waltz at midnight. While the evening is filled with gothic/industrial music, at midnight is when the attention is given over to classical instruments. This is when all guests are invited to waltz with their partners on the main floor. Videos of previous midnight waltz’s in past years can be viewed on our video’s link.
In regards to the upcoming 11th ball, we are happy to announce that that the amazing jewelers at Pyrrha are donating their talisman “Vanity” to be raffled off the night of the ball (each guest will be given 1 free ticket upon arriving at the venue). Each of their talismans are designed and cast around 18th & 19th Century seals, check out their video on the process used to make these amazing pieces!
What is the VMB?
The Annual Vampire’s Masquerade Ball is a night of gothic elegance and decadence highly anticipated each year in the city of roses and hosted by Lady Raven Productions. It’s an evening where over 800 guests from the various gothic/industrial/alternative lifestyle communities from around the nation and the world gather in the Melody Ballroom amongst crystal chandeliers and Edwardian cornices to socialize and dance the night away. The VMB strives to offer its guests the experience of a formal gala at an attainable price; shared with like-minded company from the gothic/industrial communities who appreciate creative and individual expression, and the event is of course LGBTQ friendly. The name “Vampire’s Masquerade Ball” is meant to evoke dark romanticism and a gothic interpretation of beauty. While the event is not sponsored or organized by the vampire community, they have always consistently been very supportive of the VMB, and are welcome to attend.
Dancing is only one of the many entertainments the VMB offers. The venue is divided between two floors with captivating live performances and local DJ’s spinning gothic/industrial in the grand ballroom; while in the lower ballroom nearly 30 regional vendors will be selling their wares. Additionally a lavish, professionally catered buffet of savory cheeses, meats, and baked goods awaits, as well as a delectable dessert selection and fountains of chocolate.
Consider the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball an opportunity to dress in your finest evening or historic dress! Over the years the observed guest attire has included every genre from the gothic scene including old-school goth, steampunk, Edwardian, Victorian, Cyberpunk, all the way to black tie and regal ballgowns. To further clarify, the VMB being a formal event should not be confused with a “costume party” or re-enactment, and street clothes are not permitted. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to arrive masked. If you have any questions about dress code please email Lady Raven.
Please note that the Ball is reserved for guests twenty-one years of age or older. Bars in both the upper and lower ballrooms will be open and offering special cocktails for the evening as well as a full assortment of liquor.
The Melody Ballroom, site of the VMB since 2007, was established in 1925 and has been owned by the same Portland family for 23 years. Its historic ambiance is enhanced by thirty-foot ceilings, scarlet walls, marble staircases (which are wheelchair accessible using a chairlift), and as the staff say, hauntings! Guests may park across the street from the venue (in the U.S. Bank lot) or on the street, and may find nearby dining establishments within a few blocks’ walk.
This years lighting in the grand ballroom provided by:
*If you are flying into Portland: Our rail system services the PDX Airport and is a lot cheaper then taking a cab. The MAX Red Line goes from the airport all the way into downtown and passes through the hotels near the Convention Center on the East Side of the river (the side of the venue). Please visit Tri-Met to plan your public transportation needs.
Any questions about the VMB or requests to join the mailing list, can be directed to the event’s organizer, Lady Raven
The annual Vampire’s Masquerade Ball (VMB) solely hosted by Lady Raven Productions is exclusive to Portland, OR. Any other events in the state or across the country with a similar name or theme are in no way related to, or sponsored by, Portland’s VMB.