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
Victor Sierra leads you into a vaporous and multicoloured universe through unexplored paths down to a future that could have been… In a bloody sky, the airship Hydrogen Queen keeps a steady pace while very special trains can fly leaving the road not taken. On stage, the Legendary Converted Princess’s and Commander Bob and Big Machine’s energies invite you to go beyond the horizon line, to be stirred in unison and to live unpredictable experiences. Enter Victor Sierra’s universe…
Night Watch Paradox presents their interactive steampunk rock opera, “Magnificent Machines and Astonishing Tales” Join with the heroic crew of a steam-powered airship as they travel through space and time using their “working” time machine. The crew encounters fictional and historical characters and ultimately help the Americans defeat the British during the War Of 1812. You will experience the most cowbell allowed by law!
With an eclectic instrumental line-up, Night Watch Paradox merges musical styles of rock, jazz, Appalachian, sea shanties, Klezmer and cabaret. The musical equivalent of reading “Treasure Island,” they bring the audience along on a participatory journey of musical performance and storytelling as they travel in their imaginary, steam-powered airship.
Magnificent Machines & Astonishing Tales
An interactive steampunk rock opera featuring music, adventure, time travel, pirates, wenches, drunkards and more cowbell!
Night Watch Paradox – Live Music
Come hear Night Watch Paradox perform live music!
Steampunk World’s Fair
Costume Contest 2018
This year’s costume contest will have two main categories – Makers and Curators. Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Contestants will self-select the category they feel best defines the work they have done in their own costume.
Makers are defined as someone who has made or modified most of their own costume and props. Makers can make only one prop, several props, only your costume, your costume and your prop and still participate under the Maker category. Judges discretion will be used to judge between someone who has only made a prop and someone who has made everything they are wearing. It’s quite possible we will decide to give out additional prizes such as best prop or clothing item!
As Makers ourselves, we know how much work goes into a good costume and we would like the opportunity to fairly judge that work. There will be pre-judging for Makers only. It will occur Saturday (time to be established), in the parking lot next to the Midway Stage. We recommend entrants be prompt. The judges will judge on a first come first served basis and will judge as many entrants as possible in the two hour time frame. Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win.
Makers will be broken into two categories – Experienced and Novice as designated by the contestant. Entrants self-select the category they feel best defines their level of skill. Pre-registration is not required.
The judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday. Entrants must be present to win. There will be an opportunity to present the pre-judged makers on the stage as well so everyone can see your marvelous work!
Please do not worry! If you can’t make the pre-judging, you can still participate in the contest under the Curator category!
A Curator is someone who has who put together costumes by assembling or “curating” a collection of Makers’ and store-bought pieces. Judging will occur as Saturday afternoon at X time on the Midway Stage. We will begin lining up 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the contest. Please be prompt! Pre-registration is not required.
Participants will self-select that category they wish to compete in. The categories are:
- Maker, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging on prior to the contest!
- Maker, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
- Maker, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
- Maker, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Maker Category. To participate in the category you MUST attend pre-judging prior to the contest!
- Curator, Expert, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
- Curator, Expert, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Expert Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators on prior to the contest.
- Curator, Beginner, Individual Participant – defined as 1 participant in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
- Curator, Beginner, Group Participants – defined as more than one participant in a group-themed costume in the Beginner Curator Category. To participate you need only attend the contest on Saturday afternoon. We will not be pre-judging curators prior to the contest.
Winners will be announced at the end of the Costume Contest on Saturday, X PM at the Midway Stage. You must be present to win.
Steampunk Chocolatier Alex LeBeau may be a work of fiction, but her chocolates are not!
Sample chocolates from the American Steampunk LeBeau Chocolates and Confections with author and chef Nikki Woolfolk. Nikki is the author of the Steampunk book series Sweet & Steamy and Bittersweet Mysteries staring the fictional Chocolatier Alex LeBeau.
Learn where chocolate is grown, produced and made. Sample single origin chocolates before diving in to taste 8 exclusive artisan chocolates created for the Bittersweet Mysteries series Chocolate Collection which touts 24 delectable flavor pairings.
Get tickets. Get chocolate. Get hooked!
Receive updates and pre-order book info of LeBeau Chocolates upcoming novel by signing up for our BOOKS & CHOCOLATE newsletter at NikkiWoolfolk.com.
Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.
Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist, Spectyr and Wrayth and Harbinger, and the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, Hunter and Fox, and Kindred and Wings. She is the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising, The Janus Affair, Dawn’s Early Light, and The Diamond Conspiracy. With Tee, she is also co-author of Social Media for Writers.
When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband, Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of three cats.
Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of Podiobooks.com and collaborating with Evo Terra and Chuck Tomasi on Podcasting for Dummies and its follow-up, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. He won acclaim and accolades for his cross-genre fantasy-detective Billibub Baddings Mysteries, the podcast of The Case of the Singing Sword winning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. Along with those titles, Tee has written articles and short stories for BenBella Books’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, the podcast anthology VOICES: New Media Fiction, BenBella Books’ So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Podthology: The Pod Complex.
Tee brought all these skills to the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series which he wrote with his wife, Pip Ballantine. Together they also wrote Social Media for Writers from Writer’s Digest. When he is not writing, Tee enjoys life in Virginia alongside Philippa Ballantine, his daughter, and three cats.
Steampunk & Glamour Magic: A Retrospective & Reading
by Deborah Castellano
Steampunk is now rich with memes and has its place in pop culture, but what was it like before Steampunk was an established subculture? Where does Steampunk overlap with glamour magic and the occult?
Deborah Castellano reflects on ten years of her experience with both from her time starting the first Steampunk convention to now, waiting for her first book to be published this summer with Llewellyn. She will be reading from her current essay and taking questions if time allows.Schedule For more information, click here!
We’re going to be on the hit TV show Cake Boss (link has sound!) — they’re going to make the most creative Steampunk cake you ever saw!
Want your chance to be on the show? We need a small group of very dressed up (doesn’t have to be fancy/high class, just has to be really eye-catching and exciting!) people with great energy who want to eat the cake!
REQUIREMENTS: It’s on Saturday. You’ll need to be in the Courtyard early, at 3:30, for an estimated film time of 4:15. If it’s raining, don’t worry – bring an umbrella!
TO GET YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER:
- You MUST buy or have bought at least one weekend pass to The Steampunk World’s Fair by ten p.m. EST on Sunday, April 30th.
- Post a picture of yourself, in the Steampunk garb you hope to wear (or a variation of it) to your Facebook status, Facebook page, or other social media. Post this text: “I’m going to The Steampunk World’s Fair – www.SteampunkWorldsFair.com!” You can play with the text a bit if you want; basically, say you’re going, and give the link.
- Email the link to THAT post to me personally at [email protected]
- I will reply to ALL emails unless the response is SO big that I get overwhelmed; if I do, I’ll post about it in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/323705873173/. I highly recommend joining the group (but if you don’t, it won’t be held against you!) They’ve told us “about 30 people”. We obviously don’t control who they decide to film. We DO control who gets to eat the cake, so if you’re selected, you get cake! At least, until the cake runs out. We think it’ll be big enough for 25. We’ll be giving out 25 tickets.
- Again, tickets do NOT guarantee that you’ll end up on camera, but we do EXPECT that if you’re in the lucky 30, you’ve got a very good chance of being on camera. Bring your high energy and be ready to be excited!
I’m excited! Are you?
You can also keep up-to-date by RSVPing for the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/158545631342533.
Participants will be given a basic kit revolving around steampunk parts, gears, bones, a mink skull, and other decorative Victorian inspired flourish. The goal being everyone leaves having created a unique steampunk reliquary that can be worn as a broach, necklace, or magnet. With possibilities and add-ons a plenty!
This workshop will involve the use of mink skulls embellished with clock parts and gears. Steampunk reliquaries made from pocket watch skeletons, skulls, gears, and bones. Design kits available as a broach, magnet, or pendant. Kits set up with everything each person needs and will have add ons for a minimal fee.
This class is limited to 30 people and costs $20 per person. Please use this form to sign up and ensure a spot.
Bent Nail Studio is a cutting edge company devoted to sculpture of all kinds with styles ranging from Steampunk/Dieselpunk, Dada, Sci-Fi fantasy, organic vs. industrial, figurative toys and characters, and other recycled media.