Hosted by Lady Raven Productions, Portland’s Vampire’s Masquerade Ball (VMB) is a black-tie formal event of Gothic elegance and decadence highly anticipated each year in the city of roses since 2002. The 18th VMB will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Hosted in the Portland Art Museum’s historic ballrooms spanning two floors – it’s an evening where 850+ guests from around the nation and the world gather to socialize and dance the night away in their darkest formal attire while enjoying the best in aerial and stage performances, 20+ vendors, catering, fully stocked cash bars, and live DJ’s playing Gothic/Synthpop/EBM dance music. Catering will be from Vibrant Table Catering & Events, Portland’s elite catering company. Seating in the grand ballroom is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Pictures from 2019 will be made available soon!
To stay up-to-date on announcements please follow the Facebook Event Invite and our new Instagram account. For any questions related to the event, please email Lady Raven. Scroll down to view all event information!
I have been notified by the Portland Art Museum that, due to COVID-19 and the subsequent event restrictions in Multnomah County, their ballrooms will remain closed for the summer. This decision coincides with Governor Kate Brown’s reopening plans which state no large events will be held through September. As a result, the VMB has been impacted and subsequently cancelled. There is good news though – I have already secured Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Portland Art Museum on Memorial Weekend.
What does this mean if I already bought a ticket? All tickets will be automatically transferred over to VMB 2021. You will be mailed replacement tickets with the new date in February. The upside of managing and mailing the tickets myself, personally, means that I have complete access to the sales spreadsheets – your ticket information will never be lost. In February I will send a follow-up email notifying everyone when the replacement tickets have been shipped. If guests wish to instead have their tickets applied towards the Vespertine Winter Ball in December 2020, then please reply to this email verifying the requested change and I will make the adjustments on my end and you will receive a Vespertine Winter Ball ticket in the mail once those go on sale later this Fall. Now if that event also gets cancelled due to COVID-19 event restrictions, then your ticket will be rolled back over to VMB 2021. Tickets will remain on sale throughout the rest of the year and any new purchases will also be mailed out in February.
Ticket refunds will not be issued. Why? Funds generated from the 2020 ticket sales is what made it possible to put down large, non-refundable, event-related deposits. Also as a general reminder, VMB tickets have always been non-refundable, as stated on the website. I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding in this matter.
As many of you know, especially those that have been attending the VMB for many years, the two events that I host are a labor of love. They are not profitable and they do not supplement my personal income. Both the Vampire’s Masquerade Ball PDX and Vespertine Winter Ball are something I do, simply because I love doing them – they are my passion and my hobby that I host on my own and without sponsors. The VMB has grown and thrived for 18 years – this delay is nothing but an inconvenience and it is far from an ending. In 2021 it will come back stronger, better and even more decadent than before and I know it is as important to many in the Gothic/Sub-cultural/Alternative/Pacific Northwest communities as it is to me. Now is the time I will appreciate all of your support the most. That said, VMB 2021 will be something to look forward to, something to be excited about and something that will be a little ray of light at the end of a dark tunnel.I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at next year’s Vampire’s Masquerade Ball.
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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR
9:00PM – 2:00AM
21+/Full Cash Bars, both Ballrooms
Waltz at Midnight
DJ Carrion (PDX) & DJ Owen (San Francisco)
20+ Regional Vendors in the Lower Ballroom
Fully Catered Appetizer Buffet by Vibrant Table
Photobooth by Remembrance Photography
Dress Code Enforced (scroll down for further information)
While the night is filled with DJ’s and dance music, the crown jewel of the evening is the famed Waltz at Midnight when all guests are invited to waltz with their partners on the main floor. Written and composed exclusively for the VMB, the waltz is performed live by a chamber orchestra featuring members from the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Ballet Symphony, Portland Columbia Orchestra, and Portland Opera.
The Paramount Hotel is located two blocks from the Portland Art Museum in downtown. Information on the discounted rates will be made available February 2021.
The Jupiter Hotel and their second location. Jupiter NEXT, are offering VMB guests a 20% discount on all rooms! Both hotels are next to each other and a quick 8 minute drive from the Portland Art Museum – located on the opposite side of the Willamette River. Information on the discounted rates will be made available February 2021.
Held the night before the Ball, the Meet & Greet is a low-key cocktail meet up. An opportunity for out-of-towners and locals alike to relax and mingle together before the big night. Location TBD. Updates will be made available in March.
The VMB is a formal event and is not to be confused with ‘costume party’. Appropriate attire includes tuxedos/suits, ball gowns, corsets, period-wear (Victorian, Edwardian, Renaissance, etc.), neo-Victorian, and formal evening gothic attire. Cocktail dresses are also appropriate. Are masks required? No, but they are encouraged. Guests wearing masks have always been around 60/40. For shopping recommendations please follow the Facebook Event Invite as we will frequently be making posts with helpful links on where to find appropriate attire.
NO STREET CLOTHES ALLOWED (blue jeans, t-shirts, tank tops, etc.). Also, while some risqué outfits are gorgeous and can be appropriate given the theme, we ask that anything ultra-revealing/exotic remain at home as this is a formal event. If you have any questions regarding the dress code, please send us an email.
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.