2017 Show Dates

May 31, 2017: Deadline for show proposals

Oct. 28-29:
Workshops in Pacifica

Nov. 4-5:
Workshops in Pacifica

Nov. 11: Workshops
at the Cow Palace

Nov. 12: Dress Rehearsal
at the Cow Palace

Weekend 1:
Nov. 18-19

Weekend 2:
Nov. 24-25-26

Weekend 3:
Dec. 2-3

Weekend 4:
Dec. 9-10

Weekend 5:
Dec. 16-17


Performing at the Fair

What performers and aspiring performers need to know, including how to submit a proposal; requirements for performers including workshops and costume approval; and paperwork / online participant registration.

Cat's Email Missives

How to sign up for the Missives List. We do not do physical mailings to our performers, so the Missives List is the only way to stay apprised of all important information about performing at the Dickens Fair.

Costume Guidelines

General overview; basic information on men's, women's and children's costuming; thrift store costuming; footwear & headwear; and recommended patterns and suppliers.

Public Costume Policy

Building Your Character

Use these notes to develop a three-dimensional character complete with your own background, needs, ambitions and idiosyncrasies.

Language Guidelines

For your edification, we present examples of pronunciation and phrases to use for your Dickens Fair character, whether upper or middle class, or in sommat reduced circumstances.

Vendor Information

(vendor fact sheet)

How To Apply

Vendor applications for the 2017 season will be available in April. The deadline for application submissions is May 15, 2017.

Booth Building Guidelines

Guidelines and sample drawings for designing and decorating your booth to bring to life Charles Dickens' London: storefronts, facades, props, and lighting fixtures, as well as guidelines for merchant carts.

Electricity & Lighting

Detailed information on event lighting, allowable amps, lighting design, disallowed lighting fixtures, and wiring.