Welcome to Jeff Mach’s Steampunk World’s Fair!

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!

Welcome to Jeff Mach’s Steampunk World’s Fair – the largest Steampunk event in the world! We proudly welcome everyone to come and join us for a weekend of merriment and whimsy. Read on to find out more about the fair and everything it has to offer.

Tickets are now on sale for the Steampunk World’s Fair, May 4-6, 2018!

Purchase Tickets!

The 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 and expand its horizons. For 2018, we are seeking the greatest undiscovered Steampunk AUTHOR in the world!

Apply for the talent search here!

Thanks everyone for joining us for the Steampunk World’s Fair 2017, The Fires of Inspiration! We’re already hard at work getting everything ready for Steampunk World’s Fair 2018, Steampunk Joy. Keep coming back in the coming months to see all of the great content you’ve come to expect, with a generous helping of brand new attractions!

What, exactly, is The Steampunk World’s Fair?  We’re glad you asked!  We’ve gone into a bit of detail for you on our About Page – take a gander!

Curious about Steampunk?  Jeff Mach, the man behind SPWF, has quite a lot to say about the subject!  Take a look at his blog, Jeff Mach Speaks: Musings on Steampunk

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

Three Questionable Steampunk Christmas Music Videos

Whether you fall on the “Happy Holidays” or the “Bah, Humbug” side of things, we thought you might enjoy a taste of great Steampunk music videos about the holiday season.

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing are Brits who put the “punk” in Steampunk, and their ode to Scrooge is no exception. Did old Ebenezer really change? The Cynics of Steampunk have their doubts.

The Eternal Frontier are some of Steampunk’s newest luminaries, and their rather awesome science fiction take on Santa Claus has genuine Christmas cheer with a thoroughly original Steampunk twist.  I’m not really a holidays kind of fellow, and even I fell in love with “Santa’s Making Time”.

Dr. Steel is one of the founders of Steampunk music.  He appeared mysteriously and vanished mysteriously many years ago with but a single cryptic note (he really did – read the article in the link!)  But before he disappeared, he gave us some incredible Steampunk music – like the simply indescribable “Lament For A Toy Factory”.

I wish you all a day of cogs, gears, and explosions!  Then again, I wish that pretty much every day.

Happy holidays,

Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Nikola Tesla and the True History Of The World

SERBIA - CIRCA 2006: Nikola Tesla on 100 Dinara 2006 Banknote from Serbia. Best known as the Father of Physics

.

As Nikola Tesla said:

A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. In no way can we get such an overwhelming idea of the grandeur of Nature than when we consider, that in accordance with the law of the conservation of energy, throughout the Infinite, the forces are in a perfect balance, and hence the energy of a single thought may determine the motion of a universe.”

You’ve heard quite a lot of untrue things, but we at The Steampunk World’s Fair would like to give you the raw, unbridled Truth.  Here is the actual timeline of major events in human history:

April 7th, 1877: Nikola Tesla invents the Universe.
June 6, 1884: Nikola Tesla meets Thomas Edison.
May 15th, 1886: Tesla decides that a Universe with Edison in it is inherently flawed and uninvents the Universe. We’re all clearly living in some kind of weird dream, and Steampunk is the only thing that makes sense.

Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

A Steampunk Nursery Rhyme (With Squid)

mythological kraken tentacles with the sea and sky

What kind of kid
Has a giant squid
To take to bed at night?

No teddy bear
Is lying there
When they turn out the lights.

I’d be a-feared
Of such a weird
Companion to squeeze

Huge eye of green,
Arms
No legs, no nose, no ears!
But my best friend

My time with, when she’s handy
Says giant squids
Are great for kids!
In fact, she thinks they’re dandy!

I’m ready to run–
“Do you have one?”
I ask, as my mind panics

“Don’t worry,” she says,
And offers me Pez,
“I don’t have one.
I have six.”

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Sure, Goth is dead, but it can still drink blood and buy tickets

Vampires!

You don’t have to be mad, a vampire, or someone who likes wearing all black to attend.  You just need to be someone who’d like to spend a weekend away from “normal” people.

Some people have been asking why we teamed up with VampireFreaks to make a new Gothic event; they pointed out that “Goth is dead”.

My first response is that if someone thinks it’s dead, I want to see the certificate and the autopsy.  Not because I don’t believe you, but because those things are damn cool.  Also, as H.P. Lovecraft said,

“That is not dead which can eternal lie / And with strange aeons, even people dressed like Death might object to paying $12 for a Coke at a club”.

Goths, dark souls, alternative people, those who have no interest in being like everyone else:  Rise up!  We’ve built you a home!  Come out and enjoy it!  The only way to create a gathering with meaning is for us to shake off the worries and cliches of time and day jobs and get ourselves in gear and make our presences known!

Come find us this March.  We’ll be waiting for you:  Dark Side Of The Con, with Voltaire.

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Steampunk: A tale of ceaseless wonder!

Steampunk Darth Vader

In addition to this awesome Steampunk World’s Fair Darth Vader by Babs Who Takes Pictures, you’ll find some great music in this article!

“Tale of Wonder!” 

If you like Steampunk music, you might enjoy this!  This is the opening song to what was, at the time, perhaps the world’s first Rock Opera (It’s either that, or Paul Shaper’s Dolls of New Albion, which is available for free listening at that link there.)  You can hear a brilliant version by Shakira S, who recently played the role in the show’s revival at this past Steampunk World’s Fair.  Here’s Shakira’s version of “Tale of Wonder” – and the lyrics are below.

This is a tale of wonder,
Worlds asunder
Games the Gods
Play with men

Darkling calling
Thoughts appalling
One who fell, falling again

Hope and cunning
Actions stunning
Heroic souls, and pure

Recriminations,
Explanations
Which thoroughly fail to reassure

Of dark ambition
Sweet perdition
And doom to avert

Villains sneering
Heroes nearing
Full exhaustion – yet alert

Moral peril
Humans feral
With the aftertaste of sin

Soul-benders
Sweet surrenders
Tingling on your tongue and skin

Intoxication
Degradation
And an opiate most dear

Ancient menace
Meets modern chemist
In a place of cog and gear!

New age borning
Rose-and-thorning
New chances and new fears

Must now guide it
Get inside it!
Do it right, or fail for years!

Science learning,
Coal a-burning
Future’s turning sweet and bright;

Science dreaming –
Smoking, steaming
And a mind oddly alight

So our offer’s
Deep-filled coffers
Full of adventure high

Draw you nearer!
See it clearer!
Whatever’s coming –
It is nigh!

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Tips on attending your first Steampunk events

Photos © 2010 - 2016 Babette Daniels Photography Purchase your copy of this image at http://www.babetted.com/Events/Steampunk/SPWF2016

“A Full Head Of Tea” – by Babs Who Takes Pictures

Steampunk is unlike any other genre in that no single voice or authority gets to make the rules.  That gives you tremendous freedom.  There was a brief time when some Steampunks thought you had to be fancy and standoffish.  That was years ago, and those people pretty much all stopped hanging out with us.  Now, you can just come and have fun!

Here are some bits of things I’ve learned after seven years of running the world’s largest Steampunk event:

  1.  Don’t worry about dressing up too much – unless you want to!  Steampunk is, above all things, friendly, welcoming, and accepting.  While most people enjoy wearing more Steampunish gear or garb, you aren’t required to (unless it’s a formal ball or something, but personally, I’ve never attended a Steampunk event with a dress code, and I don’t think I’d want to.)  And it’s okay if you make your own, if it’s not professional, if it’s simple.  It’s also okay if you got it at Hot Topic.  We love to admire what you wear, but we care a LOT more about YOU than about what you wear.
  2. Be friendly!  That doesn’t mean you have to be super social – it’s fine to be shy.  But in Steampunk, everyone, from the biggest names down to the newest fans, is an equal.  We hang out, we drink tea together, we have good times.
  3. Do patronize Steampunk artists and creators, if you can afford it.  I can’t think of anyone who makes a ton of cash doing Steampunk; we do it because we love it.  Help encourage more Steampunk creation – if you choose to spend money on stuff, consider buying it from people who make Steampunk art, clothing, music, gadgets, or entertainment.
  4. Bigotry, hatred, and intolerance were normal in the actual Victorian era.  They have NO place in Steampunk.
  5. If you like Steampunk, invite a friend to try it.  Remember, Steampunk is NOT some tiny secret club which is only fun because nobody knows about it.  Due to the massive scope of Steampunk as a cultural force, it’s an entire world.  More people just means that we discover new things about Steampunk every single day!  Just follow Steampunk Tendencies, or check out just a few of the Steampunk bands out there, and you’ll see what I mean.
  6. Steampunk is like anything else – what you get out of it depends on what you get into it.  Come in with an open mind and heart, ready to have a good time and try new things, and you’re in for an incredible locomotive ride!

    ~Jeff Mach

    _____________

    Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

How A Steampunk Might Make Tea

Young woman posing as magnificent card queen from wonderland at mystic tea-party

“After a fairly shaky start to the day, Arthur’s mind was beginning to reassemble itself from the shell-shocked fragments the previous day had left him with.

He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.

The way it functioned was very interesting. When the Drink button was pressed it made an instant but highly detailed examination of the subject’s taste buds, a spectroscopic analysis of the subject’s metabolism and then sent tiny experimental signals down the neural pathways to the taste centers of the subject’s brain to see what was likely to go down well. However, no one knew quite why it did this because it invariably delivered a cupful of liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.”

Douglas Adams

How To Make Steampunk Tea:

  1.  Try to boil water.
  2.  Realize that it’s the 19th century and the water isn’t safe, even if you boil it.
  3. Time-travel to the 21st century.
  4. Realize that most tea comes in little teabags.
  5. Cry forever.

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Are you “Steampunk Enough”?

Portrait of a beautiful steampunk woman over grunge background.

Are you Steampunk enough?
Are you geeky enough?
Are you good enough?

Yes. You are.

And I don’t mean that in the sense of unthinking compliment. I don’t mean it as cheering. I mean it as simple truth.

In almost every space where you might question whether or not you’re “enough”, the question defines you. If you’re thinking about it, if you’re considering it, if you’re putting out the effort of thought, then you almost certainly are. Unless it’s a contest, your first and best judge is yourself. If it’s a contest – then test yourself!

There are a few times when that question might go to others – if someone’s creating a safe space, for example, for some specific piece of identity. But even then – most of the time, you are still the best first judge. It might be a good idea to ask the space organizers if your identity fits their ideas on identity. But that’s not necessarily because you might not be “enough” – that’s because creating any space involves a number of decisions, and they might not align wholly with who and what you are. That’s still not on you – and again, if you have the politeness to ask, you’re still showing qualities which would make most spaces into better ones.

It’s the ones whose confidence is automatic and not based in life experience, it’s the ones whose assumption is that they’re always a perfect fit, who give me pause. Not because they’re necessarily bad, and not because they’re necessarily wrong, but because not considering that you might be wrong is a danger and luxury. It relies, at the very best, on other people telling you when you are wrong – and not everyone is willing to do that.

Are you “enough”? You are more than enough. You are a multitude of enough.

~Jeff Mach

_____________

Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.