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
A classic Victorian event!
A rich personage would ship a mummy from Egypt and then invite his friends to help unwrap it. You see, the Ancient Egyptians didn’t just wrap the mummy in plain cloth; Secreted away in the wrappings were perfumes, religious scriptures, trinkets, and jewelry—exotic prizes for guests to take home!
As the guests take their turns unwrapping a bandage, they’ll uncover prizes. It could be anything: a coupon, a sweet, a torn fragment of an old map, a book, a perfume sample, a pair of earrings, a tea bag sample.
Prizes are donated by the Steampunk World’s Fair dealers. As prizes are unwrapped the donating company will be announced, and their business card or flyer can be on hand to give to interested parties.
Edward Thayer (known as) “Steampunk Eddie” and winner of GSN’s reality TV show “Steampunk’d” and took the title of “Top Steampunk Maker” in the country.
His art work has been sold internationally to well-known software companies such as “Cap Gemini”. Although Ed is famous for his “steampunk” influenced style, he has over 30 years experience in the custom automobile and motorcycle field as an airbrush artist and metal fabricator.
His most well known “steampunk” influenced masterpiece “A Matter of Time” can be seen in the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania until November 6th of 2016.
Makers, artists, alchemists, mad scientists.
We create uniquely inspired jewelry and accessories to outfit adventurers, no matter what time period you may be exploring. Whether you need to arm yourself against dinosaurs, require a show stopping necklace, or desire to award yourself a medal. Doctor Gus has you covered.
What’s wrong with Romantic Vampires? Surprisingly, less than you’d think!
Join us as we discuss the evolution of vampires.
Roll up! Roll up! As Karnevil takes you on a journey to the dingy, dust-bowl sideshow tents of yesteryear. Gaze in wonderment as they astound, amuse confound and confuse the senses with a madcap medley of classic and contemporary sideshow fare. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Be sure to check out their shows which this year include:
Karnevil’s 10 in 1 Sideshow
Karnevil’s Wild West Whip Show
Thrills and Excitement at 768 miles per hour!
A favorite at Steampunk in the Catskills, Chelsea Goodwin hosts the radio show “In Goth We Trust”. She shows old horror films with comic commentary, introduces other acts and judges fashion shows, trivia contests, etc. She also plays piano/keyboard and sings funny songs as well as covers.
Chelsea Goodwin will be the MC for this year’s Goblin Market.
You know what I’m really excited for? “Hullaballoo“, perhaps the best-funded Steampunk Kickstarter of all time.
But I’m not that excited for the movie. After all this time, I have no idea how the movie will be. Hopefully, it’ll be splendid, but that’s not really my concern.
My concern is seeing it happen at all.
Hullaballoo was pushed heavily, and its social presence is still, to this day, managed by – some of Steampunk’s more challenging characters, to wit, the people behind the Steampunk Goodreads abomination. (I don’t mean to use sensationalist language, but frankly, we of the Steampunk community know why we banned those two figures, and they have, to this day, never even acknowledged, much less apologized for, this or their other actions. Honestly? I used to be friends with them. I miss the good I saw in those people. But I can’t let the bad go unanswered, because it continues.)
“Hullaballoo” might be incredible. The team is fantastic. The art is fantastic. The ideas are fantastic. It’s going to be a fantastic addition to the Steampunk Universe.
If it ever happens.
I’ve run many a crowdfunding campaign. It can be hard to get every single bit out there. My rock opera is way behind in getting people the live album we promised; we had a mic failure and cast illness. But we sure as hell got the full live video out, and we fought to get everything else we promised to everyone. And we absolutely made sure that when we hit our goal, and then went over it, we made the production happen, on time, come hell or high water. We delivered all of our funding promises, and are just waiting on the one bonus – and actually, we’ll be releasing that next week.
That doesn’t make me cool or special. That’s just, I think, the minimum we should ask of people whose Kickstarters get funded: That we see some of the meat of what we were promised.
Let me stress again: I sure as anything am not attacking Hullaballoo, and I’m only bringing up the old Goodreads scandal in passing; even that is just to provide context, it’s not the core of this article.
Did you back Hullaballoo? Did you see rewards? There’ve been bits of content released over the past few years as teasers; are you satisfied with them? What are you hoping for out of this?
Code Of The Shocking Pink Illuminatus
(To Be Read With Closed Eyes)
Never surrender your Transylvanian soul.
They have the money, the power, the logic; theirs are the
guns, the good beer, the air-conditioning, and the light of day.
But we have the Mad Science.
We draw the blood of destiny. We autograph madness. We
scribble in the margins of the books of Fate.
We are the professionals.
We are the grand meddlers.
We hum thoughtcrime in barbershop quartets; we throw open the
vast doomgate of Things Best Left Unknown; we penetrate the great
telepathic obscenities of salad (if you use Russian Dressing, you
are one of THEM! Be warned: we know where you hide your tuba.)
We are concealed, but we are by no means gone; subtle, but
Let them control What Is.
We are the caretakers of What Might Be.
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.