Upcoming Steampunk Festivals, Symposiums, Conventions, and Expos

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!

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The Emerald City Steampunk Expo

The Emerald City Steampunk Expo

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kansas

November 4-6, 2016

Website: http://www.emeraldcitysteampunkexpo.com/

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.


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The International Steampunk Symposium

The International Steampunk Symposium

Cincinnati, Ohio

April 28-30, 2017


Website: http://thepandorasociety.com/symposium/

K.W. Jeter—the author who coined the phrase “steampunk” in 1987—is a featured speaker at this year’s symposium.

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The Steampunk World’s Fair

The Steampunk World’s Fair

Piscataway, New Jersey

May 5-7, 2017

Website: http://steampunkworldsfair.com/welcome/

Billed as the world’s largest steampunk event. Headlining guests include author Gail Carriger and steampunk band Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band.

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Steampunk in the Catskills

Steampunk in the Catskills

Blackthorne Resport, East Durham, New York

June 9-11, 2017

Website: http://steampunkcatskills.com/

There are performers, vendors, and a steampunk haunted house listed for the event.

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Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Coldwater Ontario

August 10-12, 2017

Website: http://www.steampunkfestivalcoldwater.com/

The event is listed as Canada’s 150th Steampunk’d Birthday and Inter Arts Festival with a Circus, Art Exhibits, Performers, and Musicians.

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Springfield Steampunk Festival

Springfield Steampunk Festival

Hartness House Inn, Springfield, Vermont

September 15-16, 2017

Website: http://springfieldvtsteampunkfest.com/

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!


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