Out with the Old, in with the New
The Steampunk World’s Fair 2017 was a rousing success! We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event. We’d love your feedback; please feel free to share it with us via our feedback form!
Next year’s event, Steampunk World’s Fair 2018, will be at the Radisson and Embassy Suites of Piscataway, New Jersey, May 4-6th, 2018. Hotel rooms are available at our popular overflow hotel and tickets are available now as well!
New and don’t know where to start?
No problem! First, we recommend reading about what the Steampunk World’s Fair is. Then, take a look at our Entertainment line-up and our Merchant roster to get an idea of the things you can expect to enjoy at our event. Our VIP & Add-on event listings are a good way to see all the extra, premium content we have to offer, too! Then, when you’re ready, take a look at our Buy Tickets page to join us at the next SPWF.
The Latest from our Curators
During Victorian time, dancing was considered a very important social skill.
Come let Lady De L’Etoile teach you some dance basics in Learn to Waltz, Learn to Tango and Learn to Foxtrot workshops and you’ll soon be setting the dance floor on fire!
Learn to Tango
The tango originated in the 1880’s in the lower class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. This sultry partnered dance is characterized by long elegant steps followed by quick syncopated and sharp movements.
This workshop will focus on basic steps so don’t worry if you have never danced before! Lady De L’etoile will have you steaming up the dance floor in no time.
Learn To Waltz / Learn to Waltz 2
Shocking when it was first introduced in Vienna in 1780’s because of the close proximity of the dancers, the waltz soon spread to become popular across Europe and is still popular today. Even if you have never danced before, Lady De L’Etoile’s easy teaching style will have you spinning and gliding like a pro.
Learn to Waltz 2 will be a class with more advanced steps for those who have attended Learn to Waltz in previous years.
Learn to Foxtrot
A slightly more modern dance, the foxtrot was developed around 1910 and is still practiced today. The movement is similar to the waltz but is performed in 4/4 time instead of 3/4. Its long, continuous movements are fun and easy to learn, so come dance with Lady De L’Etoile in an era slightly more dieselpunk feel.
Aurum is a Steampunk themed combat (boffer) LARP (live action roleplaying) game located in New Jersey (NJ) centered around exploration, discovery and teamwork.
Players join the expedition as humans, dwarves, elves or halflings to explore and settling a newly founded continent using the power of steam tech and magic.Facebook Group
Murder in the Courts of the Forged Kingdom
An important figure in the world has been found dead. Can the expeditionists unravel the mystery of who killed them?
Writer, Musician, Speaker, and general enthusiast about all things Steampunk.
Currently exploring ways of applying Victorian elements with a Steampunk twist to my own home.
Terrariums – a Victorian Passion
In 1829, Dr. Nathaniel Ward invented, purely by accident, the enclosed glass terrarium for keeping delicate plants safe. These “Wardian Cases” are now experiencing a resurgence in popularity, along with additional embellishments. In this presentation, we will provide all the information necessary to get into this fascinating hobby.
Deborah Castellano’s book is Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want (Llewellyn, 2017).
Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in hand blended ritual oils, handspun yarn and other goodies.
In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.
She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can’t shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.”The Scene Is Never What It Used to Be: A Retrospect
Glamour Magic: A Reading with Questions and Answers
Glamour is the art of taking what makes you exciting and interesting to others and using it as leverage in accomplishing your Great Work. This fun romp of a book helps you use glamour to accomplish total world domination . . . or to revolutionize your magical practice if ruling the world isn’t your thing.
Glamour Magic encourages you to be crafty, cunning, and unafraid to want something fiercely. Learn how historical figures used glamour in their campaigns for greatness. Discover experiments, exercises, and rites for your Craft. Glamour is your secret weapon—your guide to finding what you want and getting it, too.
How to Hostess Your Own Tea Party
Tea is so fun to attend, but it can feel completely overwhelming to hostess your own tea party. Learn about the difference between High Tea and Low Tea, how to serve tea, recipes for your party and different party styles.
Manners Matter: A Lively Discussion About Con Etiquette
The Steampunk Community is known for impeccable politeness, but what about the finer points of how one should behave during a convention? What is the most polite way to chat someone up? How do you ask someone to remove their gear wings from your personal space? An interactive discussion!
The Language of Flowers comes from the Victorian time period where handing someone a small bouquet of flowers (or tussy mussy) could be laced with intrigue, secret longing or the brush off. Come learn about tussy mussies and make your own!
Jeff Mach is one of Steampunk’s premier singer songwriters in the opinion of both of his parents.
Jeff Mach is the person behind Jeff Mach Events, which puts on several events – including this one! He wants you to know, however, that he gained his position as a performer through hard work and merit and wearing an excellent hat.
Our Artistic Director notes: “It was mostly the hat.”
The Most Fantastical Steampunk Songs Ever Written (by Jeff Mach, anyway)
If you don’t come see my set, I will have Popcorn throw you out. -Jeff Mach
Jeff’s been a singer-songwriter for almost thirty years. His songs are wry, darkly humorous, witty, sharp, and sometimes poignant and sad, as well. Almost all of his songs tell various stories of Steampunk worlds – of mad scientists, of air pirates, of giant robots, and, sometimes, Steam-accountants.
“It’s sparkling acoustic based music that simply makes you feel good.”
-Rock NYC Live and Recorded
Not your typical instrumental music, not your typical instrumentalist. Powerful, driving, enveloping Guitars with minimal yet effective beats… beautifully textured concise melodies.
Helland, a veteran of the hardcore punk scene (as a founding member of Deep Wound w/Dinosaur Jr‘s J Mascis) excels at creating unique instrumental music.
The word “acoustic” carries a set of assumptions and associations that Scott Helland has been defying throughout his career. As the punk half of the popular acoustic duo Frenchy and the Punk, Helland explores a fusion of hardcore urgency with gypsy and dark cabaret tonalities and theatricality.
On his new true-solo release, Never End the Rocket Century, Helland discovers an entirely different way to flout the stereotypes of acoustic music.
These 10 concise instrumental compositions find Helland stating memorable, multiculturally-sourced melodies on guitar over luminous, jangling and driving rhythm tracks (all performed by Helland). The effect is cinematic and starkly eloquent; stylish, simple, and utterly coherent song to song.
Never End the Rocket Century defines its own genre, a musical “place” that can only be explained by examining the path of its maker.
Frenchy and the Punk:
This “unique two-person indie folk punk powerhouse,” based in New York, has played nearly every steampunk event known to man, is one of the earliest bands in the scene, and they have been touring across the US and Europe for 12 years.
The pair is made up of bilingual French-born dancer turned singer and percussionist Samantha Stephenson, and guitarist Scott Helland; who was a founding member of the legendary 80’s hardcore punk band Deep Wound along with Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis, before going on to found the band Outpatients.
Yahoo! Music has named them lucky number 13 on their list of the Top 25 Duos in America.
Frenchy and the Punk’s dance-able, eclectic foot stomper of a show will take you from Paris to CBGB’s and back again. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F!
Together this dynamic duo has released 6 CDs, produced a live concert DVD, a 30-page art book, a 50-page lyric and photo book, Scott’s own 8 solo CDs, over 500 finger puppet bats sewn by Samantha, music played in a dozen TV shows and have performed close to a thousand shows together.
They’ll have CDs, shirts, pins, patches, stickers, artwork and even some of Frenchy’s Bohemian finger puppet Bats at their merch booth!Click here to listen!
Montague Jacques Fromage
Cog-father of steampunk, international performer, past candidate of “Britian’s Got Talent”, originator of steampunkFunk/Victorian rap…
From Sweden to New Zealand, London to Berlin to Vegas and back again, Monty has spread deliciously infectious Steampunk musical madness and mayhem to thousands of devotees of the world’s most high-profile subculture, Steampunk.Steampunk Funk Bizarre Facebook
Montague Jacques Fromage/Steampunk Funk Bizarre
Monty is the creator and international purveyor of SteampunkFunk Bizarre, Victorian Rap and assorted lyrical conundrums.
He mixes patter, Victorian subject matter and rap, all with a danceable funk backbeat.
Add “music hall” audience participation and stand-up comedy, and the evening’s entertainment unfolds as a delicious comedic confection of funk, soul and just plain fun!