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!

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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.

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For Those New to Steampunk

Photo Credit: Babs Who Takes Pictures

Photo Credit: Babs Who Takes Pictures

Honest. There Is No Secret Steampunk Handshake!

It has been several years since the mainstream’s acknowledgment of Steampunk—that ever-expanding and historically creative subculture of literature, music, fashion, science, intellectual gatherings, and beyond.  Steampunk: We know it when we see and hear it.  It appears distinct and new, yet with a comforting sense of familiarity to it.  If our grandparents and their parents could see a steampunk today, they might not find these ideas so abnormal.

Over the years, there has been an expansive wardrobe of definitions—some embraced and some cast aside, strewn on the dressing room floor like so much ill-fitting finery—that attempted to capture the requisite quality of “true Steampunk”.  Is it the copper-and-brass of smoke-stacked machinery?  The Victorian sensibilities of involved parties?  That palpable hint of merry adventure, dangerous exploration, and brave new wonders still left to uncover?

Or something more subtle?

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Steampunk Festival Versus Steampunk Convention

What’s the difference between a festival and a convention? Well, we’d actually like to quote an interview that one of our founders did with Dieselpunks.org:

Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band at World's Fair I

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band at World’s Fair I

I actually had this discussion, over at BrassGoggles, about the difference between a “Festival” (as we are) and a “Convention.” Obviously, we have a lot of convention elements, and Steampunk conventions have elements which are a lot like our festival. But we feel there’s this difference – and I’m quoting right from freedictionary.com:

  1. a day or period set aside for celebration or feasting, esp one of religious significance
  2. any occasion for celebration, esp one which commemorates an anniversary or other significant event
  3. an organized series of special events and performances, usually in one place a festival of drama
  4. Archaic a time of revelry; merrymaking (modifier) relating to or characteristic of a festival

If you would like to contrast it with “convention” – and we love conventions –

  1. formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry.
  2. The body of persons attending such an assembly

We were then asked:

What will set the Steampunk World’s Fair apart from other [events]*?

And responded:

Flat-out insane devotion to providing a sensory overload of entertainment. Also, Legos.

The Steampunk World’s Fair is thoroughly dedicated to fun, inside and outside! We see the exuberant creativity of Steampunk as a method of creating color, fascination and joy. …basically, we throw one hell of a party, with some of the finest entertainers, creators, authors, artists, designers, builders, and imagineers in the world. And we want you to come along and celebrate with us!

* (They said “conventions”, but meant “events”. It was early enough that people didn’t really think of Steampunk in terms of “festivals” much, especially on this side of the pond.)

Originally published December 7, 2011