October 9th to October 12th
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 Butch-Femme.com 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.
E V E N T S O V E R V I E W
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 2008
Meet n' Greet
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, OCTOBER 10TH, 2008
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.
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.
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!
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**
1007 Clay Street (right behind the hotel within walking distance)
**Friday Night Slut Night**
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 B-F.com 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 B-F.com'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 B-F.com community.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2008
B-F.com 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.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12TH, 2008
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 Butch-Femme.com Farewell Brunch.
*Farewell Brunch tickets must be purchased prior to arrival via the Registration page.
Gender Trash Karaoke
6551 Telegraph Ave
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!