Friday, May 16th - Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Piscataway, NJ

A Gigantic Adventure Awaits!

Welcome one and all – welcome Steampunks; welcome people who aren’t Steampunk at all; welcome to the fascinated and the curious, the veterans and the totally uncertain.  Welcome, all of you, to one of the friendliest Steampunk events anywhere!

It’s true that we’re the largest ticketed Steampunk event in the world…but the World’s Fair is an incredibly individual experience.  That’s because we use that size to sprawl out like a massive, whimsical carnival over many tens of thousands of square feet – you can travel through the whole event as if it were an adventure, a gigantic playground, or an enormous contraption filled with magic, wonder, and, in some places, absinthe fairies.

Come look around our site!  We are brimming with entertainment, live music, celebrations, games, theatre, social activities, things to taste and try, new experiences, lots more music, friendly people, wondrous surprises, discussions, talks, cabaret, and much, much more.

This is going to be amazing – come be a part of it!

Buy tickets here!

Get your hotel room here!

Follow these links to find out more about our performers and  workshops!  (This is updated weekly!)

Absinthe Tastings

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Come sample the many varieties of this fabled libation, favored by the poets, the artists, and the madmen. Note: tickets to each event are limited.

Friday at 9pm, $30 (Hosted by Eli August!)
Saturday at 8pm, $30 (Hosted by Wyck!)

Buy tickets here.

The Long Dark Teatime

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A dark night of the soul isn’t so bad over a little Darjeeling.

Friday at 10pm. $20.

Purchase tickets here.

Victorian Secrets for Today’s Seamstresses

The Black Baroness - Victorian Secrets for Today's Seamstresses

Generations of seamstresses have passed down sewing secrets, many of which are no longer in common usage today . . . but boy, are they clever! Some of the most useful can be found in this presentation, which covers everything from the basics of stitching, boning, and hemming to the more esoteric concepts of design to hide figure faults and seam placement to distract the eye and flatter form. We’ll even throw in the Scotch Tape zipper trick (which isn’t actually Victorian, but is dead useful anyway!) for free!

Musical Saw for Beginners

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Join the luminous and talented Crystal Bright, of Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, for an interactive demonstration where any level of musician or non-musician will learn the basics of how to play the musical saw.

A limited number of saws and bows will be provided for students to learn, hands-on, how to make this tool an unexpectedly haunting and ethereal instrument.

Be sure to catch Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands’ musical performance at the World’s Fair, as well!

Grandmaster Baron Munchausen Competition

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Wikipedia tells us, “Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen was a German nobleman and a famous recounter of tall tales. He joined the Russian military and took part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Upon returning home, Münchhausen is said to have told a number of outrageously farfetched stories about his adventures…Münchhausen’s reputation as a storyteller has been exaggerated by writers, giving birth to a fully fictionalized literary character usually called simply Baron Munchausen.”

Munchausen is a beautifully-crafted storytelling game which provides a surprisingly sturdy framework for the creation of incredibly tall tales. We take some of our most talented wordcrafters, talespinners, exaggerators, and other fabricators, thrust them together into a burning cage, toss in a few sabretooth tigers, and, eventually, we let the wittiest speakers leave.

We are, of course, lying. We wouldn’t treat sabretooth tigers that way.

[Baron Munchausen image by Varla Art.]