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.

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

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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

Come to the Dark Side: We have cookies, imagination, and absinthe

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Were you around for all the years people kept saying “Steampunk is when Goths discover brown”?  It’s not true.  But I see where they get that from.

It seems clear that, whether or not Goth lead to Steampunk, Steampunk wouldn’t exist as it does without Goth.  Goth was one of the first cultures to say, “We’re creating this world of imagination, and we want others to share it with us”.  When I went to Goth clubs in the 80s and 90s, it was clear that they were trying to make an atmosphere, a world, which was shared by all the inhabitants.  Sure, we knew we weren’t vampires, we knew we weren’t 19th-century poets, and we knew that clove cigarettes  tasted terrible.

I’m pretty excited to take all of the knowledge from The Steampunk World’s Fair and our Wicked Faire and put it towards Dark Side Of The Con, an event collaboration between Jeff Mach Events and VampireFreaks.  It’s going to be an amazing event.  You should go.

Find the Dark Side on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/199366893801128.

Go to conventions or Zombies will eat you!

Zombies attack!

“OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.”
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Why go to conventions? Because they’re your highest percentage move for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse!

I mean, “fun”?  Who believes in “fun”?  Friendship, companionship, being with people like you, having a chance to be yourself?  Nahhh.  Those aren’t real reasons.  The real reasons are strategic: to spend as much time as possible somewhere relatively immune to attacks by the living dead.
Military bases don’t count, since our brave military will be fully engaged tackling the first lines of the combat, and we salute them for it. Secret government installations? Hell no. Where do you think the Zombie plague came from in the first place?
Shopping malls? Not anymore. Too many people saw “Dawn of the Dead” before their surcease and untimely resurrection. They’ll know to swarm in via the Hot Topic entrance that employees propped open so they could smoke cloves.

No way, Jim.  I want to be at a convention: a place where they’re potentially selling swords, chainmail, and handbooks for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.  I want to be surrounded by gamers and other tactical thinkers.  And, hell, I remember my last office job much too well.  If I the Zombie Apocalypse happened in that dead, boring little space, I’m not sure anyone would even notice.

~Jeff Mach

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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 and the responsibility of whimsy

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The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.

~Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

People from all sides of the political spectrum have, as late, asked us to take ourselves a little more seriously.  And these are what Dr. Thompson would call Serious Times.

But to some extent, I know this: We are Steampunks, and we are dedicated to the power of frivolity.

The world needs big things.  It needs Solutions.  It needs Health and Prosperity and Safety and Freedom.

But the world needs this thing, too: The world needs Frivolity.

The world needs the ridiculous.  The world needs the ability to laugh, to imagine, to take flights of fancy from here to the hottest night spots of Neverland.

We don’t recommend escapism.  Imagination, humor, and laughter are not ways of hiding from the Real World; they are ways of altering how you deal with The Real World, and how it deals with you.  That is a power as great as any known to Science or Magic, and by Thunder, we WILL use the power of the eccentric, the unusual, the bizarre, and the peculiar to create a little joy wherever and whenever we can!

So mote it be!

~Jeff Mach

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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.

Eat, Drink, And Be Merry, For Tomorrow, You May Get Teleported Back To 1847

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”
~Oscar Wilde

We’ll be expounding on this in later missives, but for now, we try to be guided by that primary rule:

What would Oscar Wilde do?

Regardless of your circumstances or convictions, it’s certain what Mr. Wilde would do, when confronted with a Thanksgiving feast, and the peculiar spectre of relatives:

He would raise his spirits, raise a glass, and raise a little Hades. He would eat, drink, and be merry, and to Mercury with worry, fear, and regret!

I don’t know about you, but this holiday season, I will follow his example, at least when at the table. Away from the table, there’s a whole world to conquer. But at the table, conquer as Oscar would: with wit, with charm, and, failing that, with an invariant eye towards making sure that the very best things on the table didn’t go to waste.

~Jeff Mach

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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.

Why would Steampunks make a Faerie festival?

Hephaestus.

When we created Glimmerdark, we were thinking about this:

“What is magic?

Then there is the witches’ explanation, which comes in two forms, depending on the age of the witch. Older witches hardly put words to it at all, but may suspect in their hearts that the universe really doesn’t know what the hell is going on and consists of a zillion trillion billion possibilities, and could become any one of them if a trained mind rigid with quantum certainty was inserted into the crack and twisted; that, if you really had to make someone’s hat explode, all you needed to do was twist into that universe where a large number of hat molecules all decide at the same time to bounce off in different directions.

Younger witches, on the other hand, talk about it all the time and believe it involves crystals, mystic forces, and dancing about without yer drawers on.

Everyone may be right, all at the same time. That’s the thing about quantum.”
― Terry Pratchett, “Lords and Ladies”

What is it that we love about Steampunk?  You can take it anywhere you want; you can have a Steampunk House or you can just show up in a t-shirt, and what’s even better is that those two people are perfectly likely to step up to the bar at one of our events and share a beer.  It’s not a competition; it’s building a world, and you can go big or go small.  Nobody can tell you that your Steampunk is right or wrong; nobody owns Steampunk.

And this is the secret:  Nobody owns magic, either.  Nobody owns Fairyland.  We can do with it what we want, we can make it what we want.

I’d say that we’re only limited by our imagination, but that’s not true; we are far more limitless than any individual imagination.  Steampunk’s death has been predicted time and time again, and it’s never died, and that’s not because it has some message more enduring than Disco or pet rocks or Napster.  It’s because nobody can say, “That’s not Steampunk; stop it!”  People all over the world create more Steampunk things every day, and it just makes the Steampunk universe bigger.

We wanted to play with another world that big.  And we honestly wanted one that had even fewer rules, so that if we wanted to, we could ABSOLUTELY wear our Steampunk gear – or our pirate stuff, our Gothic garb, our geek attire, our khakis.

That was the birth of Glimmerdark.  If you’ve enjoyed The Steampunk World’s Fair or other Jeff Mach Events, come to Jeff Mach’s Glimmerdark.  We’ll bring the magic.  You bring the steam-cannons.

~Jeff Mach

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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.

SPWF tickets make great holiday gifts!

Are you searching for a Steampunk holiday gift? If so, might we humbly suggest that Steampunk World’s Fair tickets are pretty darn splendid?

There’s more! We’ll help your gift stand out! Just buy your tickets, and then print out one of these designs by Egregore – The Art and Design of Aristotle Pramagioulis. You’ll be able to give your friends and loved ones a really, really amazing  card to accompany your tickets. Just get your tickets at www.steampunkworldsfair.com/tickets, then print out the image of your choice, and voila! You’ve got a holiday gift fit for royalty!

Click on the images to view a larger, full-size version.

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If Thanksgiving is hard for you, you are not alone

Don't let Thanksgiving break you down

I am a misfit born of misfits. And I don’t speak for all misfits…but I offer this Thanksgiving blessing to all who need it –

To those whose families love but do not respect them: May you be able to return that love, but may your loving heart stop seeking an acceptance that is deserved, but doesn’t exist.

For those who must hide essential parts of their lives from those who we were told would always love us, no matter what: May you recognize that blood is genetics, not an unconditional bond, and if parts of you are secret, you are not to blame.

And for everyone about to sit around a table with kin who are sometimes far worse than strangers, may you know this:

Your birth family is what you were given, for good or ill. But we, your chosen family, we love you and care about you for who and what you really are. If Thanksgiving is hard, then I hope you can remember that your real family is always with you. Be strong because we, all those of us who do not quite fit, need every jot of strength we can find today. And be comforted in the knowledge that we, in turn, know you are there for us. And we will get through this together.

~Jeff Mach

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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.

The Night Before A Convention Or Festival

The night before a convention is a specia, magical time.

“I would hate to be taken seriously. Serious people are always so grim and uptight that they make me want to dance naked on the lawn playing a flute.”
Robert Anton Wilson

Have you ever been to an event the night before it starts, the night before registration’s set up, the night before everything in place?

There was a time in my life when I only ran two events a year, instead of the seven or either I run now.  My events tend to start on Fridays, and I always wondered about the odd magic in the air on Thursday night, even when nothing was happening.

The truth is, the night before a convention is a very special time. For one thing, it’s difficult to fully mask the sound of the power tools and the ionic phase shift generators, even behind the subtly-loudened lobby music and that suspicious clatter from the supposedly-empty kitchen. It takes the hotel crew hours of backbacking labor to bend, twist, and chop down the walls, and partitions which protect the hotel from reality. It’s necessary to unwarp-time, to let dimensional existence finally breathe out and release the other elsewhen dimensions, and then it can take hours to generate enough Tribbles to sop up the ether water from the bits of the Eighth Sea which manage to seep through.

And hell, that’s nothing compared to what they have to do to put all the barriers back and pretend that the “normal” world is actually reality on Sunday evening. Pretending the world is normal is a terrible, awful, miserable job, and I’m glad I, for one, don’t have to do it.

~Jeff Mach
Jeff Mach Events