The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club “ARVLFC” Originated by Loyal Fans over 27 years ago, the one & only fan club sanctioned by Anne Rice. Founders of the First and Original Vampire Ball. This Annual Halloween Event includes the Undeadcon seminars, Q&A Cocktail hour at St Alphonsus Historical Church and the Anne Rice Vampire Ball - The Gathering of the Ancients Ball... and much more

Q- How do I Purchase Tickets to the Events?

A-  ARVLFC's Ball 2018 is available for purchase now online on our Ticket Page

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Q- Where are the events held?

A- Check back in the Schedule of Events on our website for the latest information as it develops.

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Q-What Entertainment is offered?

A-Check back in the Ball Schedule of Events  for the current 2016 information to be posted

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Q-  Will there be a Thursday Meet and Greet Event?

A- This year, the Thursday Meet and Greet has been changed to a cemetery tour and movie. Check back on our website for the latest information on this event as details are finalized.

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Q-  When is registration for the events?

A- Pre-Registration details will be posted soon.

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Q-  Is there a dress code for the events?

A-  Costume wear, ball gowns, vamp/goth, ball theme related & All things Halloween! Dress to Impress!

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Q- Where can I get my hair and makeup done for the Ball?

A- Check out or Links section for all the latest info. We have made arrangements for several excellent hairdressers and Makeup Artists from the Retreat Salon to come to the Marriott for appointments.  Just give them a call for pricing and reservations.

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Q-  What can I expect at the Annual Vampire Ball?

A-  Each year we strive to bring you the best in live entertainment & celebrity guest authors in a local full service atmosphere. This year we will be Generations Hall, steps away from our Host Hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn. Generations Hall offers a large theater-like art venue space, with two levels, ample seating, as well as a covered entranceway for smoking outside (indoor is non smoking). The VIP ticket holders have access to the Balcony (with 3 PREMIUM OPEN BARs and free food) and the lower level. General Admission Tickets have access to the lower level only, 3 BASIC OPEN BARs (Beer wine, soft drinks) .... and lots of seating. Food will also be available for purchase downstairs. NEW FOR THIS YEAR, we will have a well lit area with a spectacular backdrop for everyone to take PHOTOS in...for FREE. Take your own photos or find one of our official photographers to help you. Pictures will be available on our Facebook page or our online


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Q-  Will I be able to meet Anne Rice at the Ball?

A-  Because of the huge number of people that attend the Ball, we are no longer able to allow access to Anne Rice's VIP area. Only her guests, Security, and Staff are allowed into this area. She will not sign books or receive fans at the Ball. Anne will address the crowd from the Balcony with a microphone.

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Q-  Is this a BDSM-Fetish  type Ball or Event?

A-  The Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club is all about the authors, books, Entertainment, the beauty & the atmosphere, we do not officially offer any fetish activities at our events as part of our entertainment, however what consenting adults do at the ball is their own business (and I have seen some very "creative" things over the years :-). This is a celebration of the books, Our Beloved Anne, her works, Lestat & all the wonderful costumed and garbed people that attend the Ball. Feel free to express yourself!

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Q- Is there a face book event I may share with my friends to help get the word out & discuss events & dress?

A- Event Page Anne Rice Vampire Ball - The Gathering of the Ancients,.... Also, see our main Group Page ARVLFC FaceBook.

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Q- Will there be parking?

A- If you are staying at the conference Hotel you may park at the hotel, let them know with your reservations. You may also choose a local garage, or lot if you are only attending one event at a time, parking info & links listed below.


 For events outside the Conference Hotel, you may choose to cab, Uber, pedi-cab, bus or street car , the rest of our events are right there at the hotel, or steps away.  The Hotel will offer limited shuttle service during your stay and we are just a few blocks away from The Street Car route, to take you either uptown, downtown &  easy access to the New Orleans Witches’ Ball Venue as well.


For those coming in for one night, there are parking lots throughout the French Quarter along the river front. Sometimes lucky street parking on Lower Decatur & Esplanade areas are available too, but don’t count on that.


We do suggest if drinking, PLEASE DO take advantage of NOLA’s  NORTA Bus, Street Car & Taxi Transportation info, numbers, fares, day passes info below:


Indoor Parking  Garage next to Ball & UndeadCon Venue: Fulton Parking Garage corner of Andrew Higgins drive & South Peters Street ( not North Peters, & not Saint Peter)


*Rider Tips & Fare Rates*


United Cab # (504)-522-9771 or (504)-524-9606 (every local I know has United on speed dial)     American Taxi  # (504) 299-0386      Pedi-Cab  # (504)-488-6565  Nifty Car Rental

Limo Service - Riverbend Charters and Tours  # (504) 252-0152 (Ride in style)


Below is a list of lots & garages close to our events, some with discount coupons offered.


Parking Garages: Fulton Street Garage   901 Convention Center  (504) 891-2897




*French Quarter Area Parking    FQ Parking Map


*Conference/CBD Parking


NOLA CONSTRUCTION/Transportation ALERTS: The St. Charles Street Car is NOT running  it’s usual routes due to construction….from Canal to Louisiana, you will take the Bus, car service resumes at Louisiana Ave Uptown. The Canal/Riverfront Line is also under construction, see RTA site for all updates & changes. The French Quarter is also under major street repaving & construction….that changes daily! Be careful, be aware & wear comfy shoes when sight seeing!

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Q-  Will there be a photographer or videographer at the Ball?

A- We will absolutely have candid photographers in-house for the duration of the evening. NEW FOR THIS YEAR, we will have a well lit area with a spectacular backdrop for everyone to take PHOTOS in...for FREE. Take your own photos or find one of our official photographers to help you. Pictures will be available on our Facebook page or our online gallery.  Videography is also planned for 2015, details to come. There is also always members of the media in attendance whose purpose will be to photograph, film, and/or take notes.

**A note for those who do not want to be photographed or filmed: We are aware that some people do not want to be photographed or filmed, however, please keep in mind that this IS a public event which will have hundreds of people in attendance, and the photographers/videographers/media are not mind readers. If you do not want to be photographed or filmed and you see a photographer/videographer/media person nearby, please make your wishes known and every effort will be made to ensure that they are granted.  If you are truly adamant that you not be photographed or filmed in any manner for fear of recognition, we suggest masking as part of your attire for the evening.


Q-  May we take pictures at the events?

A-  YES! We encourage & welcome pictures from all our Event Attendee’s. If you would like to see them on the ARVLFC web & fan pages, send them to & we will gladly post them to our sites for all to share! Our Special Guest Authors & Talent will gladly take photo’s with you as their time and our production schedule allows. NEW FOR THIS YEAR, we will have a well lit area with a spectacular backdrop for everyone to take PHOTOS in...for FREE. Take your own photos or find one of our official photographers to help you. Pictures will be available on our Facebook page or our online gallery.

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Q-  Will there be tickets available at the Door to all of your events?

A-  In 2014 the Ball and Meet and Greet were SOLD OUT by Oct 1st. The VIP Ball tickets sold out months in advance. We recommend getting your tickets early. Check our Ticket page for availability.

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Q- What Hotel should we stay in?

A-  The Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Marriot and steps away from The Republic (where the Ball is held). Located in the historic New Orleans Warehouse District, these hotels are situated in a prime city center location for convenient access to top attractions in the Crescent City.


Be sure to book early. Halloween is extremely busy in New Orleans.

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Q-  Do I have to be a Vampire to attend the Ball?

A-  No!  The entire event is open to the public.  If you are open-minded and would be comfortable with an eclectic mix of friendly adults of all ages, then you’re welcome to join us. But you do have to be 21 to enter and you will be carded at the door. Our little Claudia is the only exception, but she is actually a very old vampire (rumors of her death are greatly exaggerated).

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Q-  What about food and alcohol?

A-  In 2016 the Ball will be OPEN BAR for VIP and cash bar for General Admission.


There are also many fine & casual dining venues in our area, half the fun of being here is enjoying the FOOD!!

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Q-  Will there be an after party for the Friday Ball Event?

A- Nothing official is planned, but after the Live entertainment is done, the House DJ will be spinning for your dancing needs, and as long as the people are having fun, the bar will remain open and no one will be kicked out of The Republic that night till dawn if they choose!  Remember, there is no "Last Call" in New Orleans and the host hotel is just steps away....

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Q-  What else is going on in New Orleans on Halloween weekend?

A- Check out our links section for Halloween weekend events around town. We have everything from trick or treating and Halloween Carnivals to world class haunted attractions and real ghost hunting tours.....

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Q-  Is there a Minimum Age Requirement for the Ball?

A-  Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Q-  Can I get Discounts on Tours of New Orleans with my ARVLFC Event Tickets?

A-  Yes!, Tell Haunted History Tours you are here for an ARVLFC Event that Weekend and get a Discounted Tour Price. (Tours Fill Up, Reservations Recommended) Haunted History Tours

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