The Emperor's Bridge Campaign

to honor the life + advance the legacy of Emperor Norton

EVENTS  ::  2017

Please join The Emperor's Bridge Campaign at one of our upcoming events!

Stay tuned for information about this year's historical and cultural offerings — and save the dates of our popular annual celebrations of Emperor Norton's birthday; Empire Day; and the Tannenbaum Toast (see below).

For a listing of previous years' events, click here.


Consider joining the Campaign as an Emissary of the Empire. You'll receive a collectible card that will entitle you to admission to all regular ticketed Campaign events for a full year. To learn more, and to become an Emissary, click here



Saturday 4 March  Sunday 5 March
San Francisco History Days at the Old Mint 2017

For the third year running, The Emperor's Bridge Campaign will have an exhibitor table at this popular annual history fair. This year's event features some 80 organizations and projects devoted to various aspects of San Francisco, Bay Area and California history, as well as writers, historical re-enactors and a wide range of special presentations on both days. >>> Details

Thursday 23 March & Sunday 2 April
LIGHTS! CAMERA! NORTON! Three Emperor Norton Films

We're curating these special evenings of Emperor-themed films at San Francisco's legendary Roxie Theater. Our roundup includes a 1936 short that we believe is the earliest dramatic portrayal of Emperor Norton on film. Both evenings are fundraisers for The Emperor's Bridge Campaign. A limited number of free tickets are available to members (Emissaries) who write to request them. >>> Details and tickets 

Sunday 17 September
EMPIRE DAY | Welcoming the 159th Year of the Nortonian Realm

This will be the third celebration of a new holiday launched by the Campaign in 2015, to mark the anniversary of Joshua Norton's declaration of himself and his Empire on 17 September 1859.

Stay tuned for details.

Sunday 10 December

The Campaign's annual House of Shields holiday party celebrating the legend that it was Emperor Norton who originally called for the great Christmas tree that has stood in San Francisco's Union Square every holiday since 1880. 


Saturday 4 February
PARTY LIKE IT'S 199! | Emperor Norton's 199th Birthday Party

Original announcement here.

© 2017 The Emperor's Bridge Campaign  |  Site design by Polished  |  Background: Detail from image courtesy of Eric Fischer