Welcome to SPWF

2017: Fires of Inspiration

Event Dates: May 5-7, 2017

The Radisson Hotel Piscataway-Somerset
21 Kingsbridge Road, Piscataway NJ 08854
SOLD OUT of hotel rooms
Embassy Suites Piscataway
121 Centennial Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854
SOLD OUT of hotel rooms

Some rooms are likely to open up closer to SPWF,so keep checking back.
An official overerflow hotel is available. We are actively looking for more official overflow hotels.

Tickets for SPWF 2017 are now available!

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  • The Return of ENSMB!


    Photographer Credit: Babette Daniels Photography

    We are thrilled to announce the return of a SPWF favorite for 2017!

    Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, the burning heat of funk and the irreverence and fun of today’s Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. Label them anyway you like! Call them avant world fusion, call them experimental big band, call them gypsy steamfunk, call them circus noise! They may be tough to sum up, but it’s easy to tell you they’ll show you a good time and they’ll get a crowd dancing! Continue reading

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  • The Great Steampunk Talent Search

    We’d like to cordially invite you to


    TALENTSEARCHThe Steampunk World’s Fair, the world’s largest Steampunk festival, has helped some of the best-known performers in Steampunk get discovered. Now we’d like to share the Steampunk joy. We’re seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk talent in the world!


    We’re looking for any sort of Steampunk performer, band, artist, or creators. We’ll transport you to the show, give you meals and hotel accommodations for the weekend, and give you top billing, right up with our show’s headliners, plus a thousand dollars!


    All you need to do are:

    1. Submit a programming application. Be sure to choose the “Great Steampunk Talent Search” option when you answer the application question “Is there a specific section of programming you’re interested in applying for?”

    2. Send us a video of your performance! It can be a professionally-produced video, or it can be a simple piece from your camera – as long as we can get a clear idea of who you are and what you do. Send the video to programming@jeffmachevents.com with subject: SPWF Talent Search.

    3. There will be one winner. The winner will be announced on February 1, 2017.

    And hey! Do you know someone who should enter this talent search? Please pass this info along!

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  • Vendor Application open!

    More information can be found on the VENDOR APPLICATION PAGE.

    We will be closing applications on September 15th, 2016. We will notify all applying vendors of their status by October 22, 2016 –if we have accepted the application, wait-listed the application, or declined the application. Wait-listed vendors will be contacted in case of a vendor cancellation no later than April 15th, 2017.

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  • Want to know a bit about what our show looks like? Try this music video by Beat Down Boogie!

    Is SPWF too far away? Want to come to our next event? It’s an unconventional party thrown by Faeries for all the weird, wonderful people of the world! Glimmerdark.com.

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  • Gail Carriger returns to SPWF in 2017!

    carriger headshot

    Headshot by Vanessa Applegate

    The Steampunk World’s Fair is pleased as punch to announce the return of Gail Carriger to the Fair in 2017 as the Literary Guest of Honor!

    New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

    Continue reading

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