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Step Back In time — Music and Attire of the 1920s

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$45 Filoli members;
$55 non–members.

Monday – Friday:
9:00 am–4:00 pm
(650) 364-8300, extension 508

Ticket sales will close at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, July 15.

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A stunning display of sculpture by local artists can be seen throughout the property. Pieces can be viewed along a mapped route or discovered as one strolls through the Garden.

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Wednesday, July 15 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

group of friens in 20s attire 20s car driving off the property couple dancing to early jazz toons friends gather for a photo in front of the house regal couple in 20s attire 20s automobiles diplayed in front of the house flappers enjoy the estate 20s gown possing in front of a car trio of friends enjoy Step Back In Time

Imagine the way you might have dressed if you were a guest at Filoli in the 1920s. Photos by David Sheetz.©

Enter our Instagram photo contest during the event. Use #FiloliEvent and upload your Step Back In Time photos before the evening ends and you might win a Filoli t–shirt! Three winners will be contacted by noon on Thursday.

As we embark upon Filoli’s Centennial, you are invited to “Step Back In Time,” here at the Filoli estate with an evening garden party that you and your friends won’t want to miss!

If you are a fan of “Downton Abbey” or “The Great Gatsby” and like a great garden party, you will enjoy this evening as Filoli “steps back in time” with music and attire of the 1920s. Come to the party in period attire (optional) or don your fedora and be surrounded by those who have also dressed for the occasion. Enjoy a rare opportunity to stroll the House and Garden during the evening light and take in the majesty of this country estate.

Your evening also includes music, passed hors d’oeuvres, and drinks, (white wine, iced tea, sparkling water, and craft beer.) All served by Filoli staff and volunteers in period dress reminiscent of the Bourn’s 1920s household staff. Craft beer is generously provided by 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco.

As you arrive and “step” into the 1920s landscape, imagine how you might have dressed if you were a guest at Filoli in the 1920s. Make your way to the House and admire circa 1920s automobiles on display in the front courtyard while you sip wine and partake in passed hors d’oeuvres.

Step through the front door of the House and be our guest while pianists Martha Girdlestone and Rick Ferguson fill the ballroom with early twentieth century melodies. Linger awhile and imagine how the Bourns might have entertained their friends and family.

servant group of staff and volunteers from last step back in time

Filoli staff and volunteers serve guests in period attire reminiscent of the Bourn’s 1920 household staff.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Garden as you head to the tennis court for more live music. There you will find plenty of space under the canopy of majestic oaks to dance, mingle, and toe tap while listening to The Magnolia Jazz Band. This group creates an elegant atmosphere with popular standards from the 1920s–1940s.

Admission is $45 for adult members; $55 for adult non–members. Parking is free. Special, advanced ticket purchase is required. Make your reservations before 9:00 am on Wednesday, July 15.

Photos on this page were taken by David Sheetz at “Step Back In Time” in 2014.