Jeff Mach‘s Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event! Everyone is welcome, from the veteran Steampunker to the simply curious. Come an join us for a weekend of merriment, we’d love to meet you!
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.
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Just in case you were waiting for The Perfect Sign to purchase your Steampunk World’s Fair 2018 tickets…this is it!
Today, October 18th, is the last day for our early bird ticket pricing – as of tomorrow, ticket prices will go up by $5.00. So if you want to snag yourself some reduced rate admission to one of the most amazing events ever (we might be biased, I suppose, but can you blame us?) then get on over to the Tickets page before tomorrow!
“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
For behold! It is Halloween season, and the world turns its eyes to Steampunk!
I would like to say that I know this because I’m deeply attuned to the cosmic resonances and the Ley lines. secret knowledge from both extraterrestrial and earthly sources, and thus I have a perfect awareness of when Steampunk is rising high. But actually, I just tend to keep an eye on how popular certain search terms are in Google. Which is almost the same thing.
It does seem a little peculiar to me that steampunk gets so much attention during the Halloween season. I can understand that Steampunk includes certain styles of dress, and while am highly biased, I find those styles to be simply smashing, iridescently wonderful, splendid beyond belief. Okay, yes, I’m definitely biased. But seriously… Is it just because people want to be Steampunk once a year, on Halloween?
Because usually, when you want to be something for Halloween, it is a thing that doesn’t tend to exist, or thing that we are not. Usually, people who dress as serial killers on Halloween are not actually serial killers, unless they have a tremendous sense of black irony. Usually, those who dress as ghosts and ghouls and goblins and zombies are not any of those things. (They are instead vampires were waiting to get you into a false sense of security so they can suck all of your blood, but that’s another story). My point being…
There such a surge of interest in Steampunk when Halloween comes around…and yet, I don’t see tons of people dressed as steampunks for Halloween. Why is that?
I have my own secret, private theory, and I’ll share with you real quick:
The thing about Steampunk is that it doesn’t really have a barrier to entry. If you want to be our goblin for a day, you can be a goblin on Halloween and maybe an office party and maybe a costume party. But unless you actually are 7 feet tall with giant fangs and purple skin, you will find it difficult to maintain that particular more fake structure and image. Best to do it only once or twice a year at most; otherwise, it’s just too hard.
Steampunk’s not like that.
Absolutely, a lot of people entering Steampunk are very worried that they will not dress right, they will not look right, they will do something wrong. But as I’ve often written, that is not the case. Steampunk welcomes you. What you bring to Steampunk, no matter how “basic” or “amateur” or “weird” it might be–is something that enriches it, not something which is incorrect. There ain’t no such thing as incorrect steampunk. Come in with a whole heart, and you come in ready to make something joyous. You make us better, and we are grateful to you.
So then. What happens with the Halloween Steampunks?
It might be fancy, it might be whimsy, but in the back of my head, I truly believe that people who want to play around with Steampunk for Halloween might, in fact, wear their gear on Halloween. But then they kind of realize that they could wear it more often if they wanted to. And if they do, the world becomes a sillier, a more magical, more peculiar, a more creative place.
Halloween is a day to become something you are not, and feel safe doing so. Steampunk is a place where you can become something that no one is ever been, and claim it for your own. And you can do that every day of the year. And it is wonderful.
Happy Halloween! And glorious Steampunk to us all!
We present a collection of lovingly preserved and restored classical electrotheraputic devices for your edification and experience. While the violet ray device, Electreat Mechanical Heart, Davis & Kidder Patent Magneto-Electric Machine, Auto-Kure Medical Battery, and Bunnel Faradic equipment are pretty well guaranteed not to cure your catarrh, phthisis, dropsy, hysteria, or neurasthenia; you are guaranteed to find interacting with them to be…stimulating. Those of you with Borg implants, implanted biomedical devices, or Dalek Servitor enhancements should be aware that these devices produce electrical stimulations and Tesla discharges refined to 19th century standards, and limit direct contact accordingly if required by your implants.
“You claim that Hyde is a beast; but all men are both angel and animal. ”
-Robert Lewis Stevenson, “The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
I promise: I am not the monster in your closet.
I am not the horrible thing under your bed.
I am not the ghost infecting your phone.
I am not the shadows on the wall of your room.
I am not the cold face watching you from the moon.
I am not the presence you sense in the darkness.
I am not the one who pressed half the breath out of you while you slept.
I am not any of those things because they do not exist.
They do not exist because I ate them all.
And gained everything they were.
And much, much worse.
Sleep well, in the shadow of your dear Mr. Hyde.
Dream of me.
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangibles, ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.”
– Chuck Palahniuk
We particularly love this view of our event, created by the amazing people of Beat Down Boogie! Note that this video is almost entirely attendees–you do NOT have to dress in any special way to attend, but you certainly can. Most of the folks shown here aren’t performers or big names – they’re just splendid people who came out to the show!
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.