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SF’s Black Tie Beach Party

Don your classiest outfit for a party at Ocean Beach on Sunday
By - posted 9/17/2016 No Comment

Fight the bitter cold summers of SF by throwing on your classiest outfit and spending a fun afternoon at Ocean Beach from 12:30-5:30 pm on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Bring your beach stuff – sandcastle tools, water toys, kites, sports balls, blankets, towels, umbrellas, etc. Plus, they will set up a volleyball court, football, rubber ball, sound system and maybe some snacks for sharing; consider this a potluck, so bring something to share if you can. A bonfire is highly possible.

Aside from formal wear, everything else about this day at the beach will be normal.

2016 Black Tie Beach Party
Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 12:30-5:30 pm
Ocean Beach Parking Lot | Great Highway and Lincoln Ave., SF

Black Tie Beach Event Wear
Buy your outfit at second-hand store or simply wear that worn out dress or suit you hardly ever wear.

  • Men: Black or white tuxedo (black suit with a white shirt if a tux can’t be found)
  • Women: Long evening gown of any color. No wedding dresses please.

Where to get fancy, cheap clothes: 
Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, CrossRoads Exchange, etc. A half-hour rummaging through several Haight/Ashbury stores should get you what you need. Or, do a simple random scan through your parents’ closets. Don’t wear jokey outfits; this should be a full-on formal (though wear a bathing suit underneath your clothes; you’ll be glad you did)

Where to meet: They will spend the day right on the beach in front of the parking lot along Great Highway (between Lincoln Avenue and Fulton). Parking in the lot is free, but you can also park in or around Golden Gate Park. Check Facebook for the latest updates.

Is this a “flash mob?”
Sort of… If anyone asks you why you’re wearing formal wear, reply that you just “felt like dressing up” or “enjoy dressing up at the beach because SF beaches are so cold.” Claim that you do not know anyone other than the few people you might be with. Never say it is a prank, stunt, or flash mob. Keep a straight face. That will make it much more fun.

Started in NYC by Improv Everywhere, SF is joining in on this annual crazy mission – Bay Area style.