As 2016 winds to a close, we can look forward to all of the new travel and event opportunities available for 2017. Although there are many places and festivals anyone interested in steampunk can visit in North America, international interest in this style of speculative fiction/art is growing as well. I have listed a few events/festivals below that have caught my eye, including one in Canada. I hope this helps you plan your future steampunk-related travels!
The Emerald City Steampunk Expo
Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kansas
November 4-6, 2016
The expo includes a Doctor Who Viewing Room, a Murder Mystery Theater, a Burlesque and Oddities show, a Cosplay Fashion Show, a Mustache Contest, Concert, and several mini-symposiums.
The International Steampunk Symposium
April 28-30, 2017
K.W. Jeter—the author who coined the phrase “steampunk” in 1987—is a featured speaker at this year’s symposium.
The Steampunk World’s Fair
Piscataway, New Jersey
May 5-7, 2017
Billed as the world’s largest steampunk event. Headlining guests include author Gail Carriger and steampunk band Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.
Steampunk in the Catskills
Blackthorne Resport, East Durham, New York
June 9-11, 2017
There are performers, vendors, and a steampunk haunted house listed for the event.
Coldwater Steampunk Festival
August 10-12, 2017
The event is listed as Canada’s 150th Steampunk’d Birthday and Inter Arts Festival with a Circus, Art Exhibits, Performers, and Musicians.
Springfield Steampunk Festival
Hartness House Inn, Springfield, Vermont
September 15-16, 2017
The event is set to feature live music and performances.
Please share any information about future steampunk festivals, conventions, or expos in the comments. We would love to hear about new events!