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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2008 Bay Area Bash

Columbus Day Weekend

October 9th to October 12th
Oakland, California

What: Bay Area Bash! Oakland, CA

When: October 9th - October 12th, 2008

Costs: Early Registration is $95.00 per person until August 30th. After that you can purchase Regular Registration tickets for $135.00. (Does not cover alcohol.) There will be NO REFUNDS after August 30th. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Where: The official host hotel where most events will be held is the Marriott City Center in fabulous and historic downtown of Oakland. Room rates are $135.00 per night.

Hotel Reservations: Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607: 510-451-4000

Hotel Code: BFBash (if you are calling by phone)

Make your reservations online by clicking here. Please note that the url already contains the online group code, just plug in your dates and it will automatically find the rate.

The Marriott City Center is located in fabulous and historic downtown Oakland. Located right across the street from the BART system, the Marriott City Center is 4 miles from Berkley, 8 miles from San Francisco and 34 miles from Napa Valley. For more hotel information click here.

For a map of downtown Oakland click here.



Meet n' Greet
AJ Toppers

Marriott City Center

The Meet n' Greet is a reunion for old friends and a chance to put new faces with familar names. This year it will be held in the beautiful AJ Toppers Skybar at the Marriott City Center. There will be drinks (cash bar) and munchies. You can check in with registration, get your Bash packet, and get to know everyone.


**Friday Excursions**

San Francisco is a hop, skip and a jump from the hotel. The ButchFemmeSocials group has generously offered to host the excursions this year into the city. The BART is literally right outside the hotel and Bay Area locals will be escorting groups to the different locations listed here.

All excursions will leave the hotel at 11am, returning around 3pm.

The Castro
World famous as the gay Mecca, the Castro draws gays and lesbians from all over the world, as well as visitors who just plain want something to tell the folks back home. Even with its rainbow-flag-waving, in-your-face style, the Castro is a friendly neighborhood that welcomes visitors of all stripes. Straight locals hang out here, too, mostly to shop the trendy boutiques and catch films at the truly noteworthy Castro Theatre. Streets lined with brightly painted Victorians make the Castro a good place to view the architecture for which San Francisco is famous.

The Mission
This historically Hispanic area is a vibrant enclave of shops, bars, taquerias, chic restaurants and the like. Keep your eye open for the numerous murals in the neighborhood. Mission and 24th streets radiate a south-of-the-border attitude, and Valencia Street leans more to the young and hip: It's peppered with bars, cafes, bookstores and vintage-clothing shops. Start your tour of the area at Mission Dolores (16th and Dolores streets) and stroll down Valencia to 24th Street.

Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square Covering about half a dozen blocks along the waterfront, constitute much of the stereotypical San Francisco image and together are perhaps the most popular things to do in San Francisco. Tourists walking here are entertained by street performers and tempted by souvenir shops and restaurants. While these places are popular, and many people feel they haven't visited San Francisco unless they've seen them, keep in mind that this tourist haven bears little resemblance to the rest of the city of San Francisco.

Things to Do In Oakland*

Jack London Square is Oakland's historical waterfront location. The square enchants visitors and is the essential element of everything Oakland is...a vibrant community destination buzzing with events, shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation.

Lake Merritt is a focal point, it stands as the jewel of Oakland, even crowned with lights. A unique fresh and salt-water lake, the largest such lake located within an urban area consisting of 3.4 miles around the circumference of the lake, covering 155 acres of land.

*These are not excursions, just some local sightseeing to do on your own.

Not interested in any of these excursions? Click here to explore other things to see in the Bay Area!

The Eat 'n' Beat Leather Social*
hosted by ropeburner
The Citadel

Wanna come out an' play??? Here's your chance! The Bay Area locals are hosting a play party that will double as this year's Leather Social. The Eat 'n' Beat is at the SF Citadel. The SF Citadel is a dual level 5,400 square foot facility, well equipped for a variety of uses, featuring:

  • Social area, with plush sofas and loveseats
  • Fully functioning kitchen
  • Two restrooms
  • Multipurpose space for meeting, workshops & other small gatherings
  • Separate dining area

*There is a separate charge for this event to cover the costs of the play space and lunch. You may purchase your ticket to this event on the registration page.

**Friday Pre-Slut Night Dinners**

Couples Dinner
La Chevel
1007 Clay Street (right behind the hotel within walking distance)

Singles Mingle

POC Dinner

**Friday Night Slut Night**'s
Famous Slut Night &
"Studs and Divas Risque Cabaret"

Historic Sweets Ballroom
Featured DJ: OlgaT

Guest DJ: La Niche aka LatinaButch
1933 Broadway
Oakland, CA

An excuse to seduce, Slut Night is an evening you won't forget! This year's Slut Night will come alive at the hottest club reserved for our peeps only. OlgaT, the premier DJ in the Bay Area, will be spinning her tracks for all of us to shake our groove thang.

We'll have the dance floor and the stage all to ourselves. If you are interested in performing please contact's very own Poochie (aka Kentucky Fried Woman aka the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader from our last Slut Night, Dallas) who will be coordinating our lineup this year. Our own celebrated Emcee Bubblinsugare will host the "Studs and Divas Risque Cabaret" with Femme and Drag King performers from our global community.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2008 Grand Ball
Marriott City Center
C. Simmons Ballroom and Foyer

It's like the prom you never had, a special night when we honor who we are and how we love. Expect a relaxing, upscale evening with DJ OlgaT. A cash bar and a nice assortment of hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and coffee will be available.


Farewell Brunch

AJ Toppers
Marriott City Center

After a weekend of going non-stop, drag yourself out of bed, put on your biggest Jackie O sunglasses or backwards baseball cap and join us for the Farewell Brunch.

*Farewell Brunch tickets must be purchased prior to arrival via the Registration page.

Gender Trash Karaoke
White Horse
6551 Telegraph Ave
, CA

For those diehard Butches and Femmes who never want the weekend to end... one more last hurrah before we go our separate ways. If karaoke is anything like previous years, this might be the most outrageous event of the weekend!

Click Here to Register

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