What is Steampunk music?

We work with more Steampunk musicians than almost anyone else in the world. But that doesn’t give us the right to tell everyone else what is or isn’t Steampunk music. It DOES, however, give us a bit of perspective. Rather than trying to figure out who is and isn’t allowed to come and play with […]

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What Is Steampunk To You?

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Listen, my friend. If you take something that’s got something to do with the 19th century, or thereabouts, and do something with it, I’m going to be comfortable calling it Steampunk. Obviously, using a big, broad definition can give people an excuse to do cookie-cutter same-as-everybody-else stuff. I’ll totally admit that. You can buy a […]

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Hate Is Not A Steampunk Value

Steampunk is fairly new, especially in its current incarnation.  While K.W. Jeter invented the term in 1987, and some people have been doing Steampunk things for a long time, the Steampunk world we know – the profusion of art, culture, music, conversation, literature, and delights we now enjoy – has taken off within, at most, […]

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Seven Things You Learn Running Steampunk Events

1. Steampunks are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people ever. 2. The Universe runs on tea. Sugar and cream are optional, but just barely. 3. Steampunks come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages! 4. Scones are a vegetable. 5. Sherlock Holmes would totally have been besties with Oscar Wilde. 6. There are more […]

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ENSMB returns to SPWF!

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We are thrilled to announce the return of a SPWF favorite for 2017! Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, the burning heat of funk and the irreverence and fun of today’s Vaudeville for a sound […]

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Want to know a bit about what our show looks like? Try this music video by Beat Down Boogie! Is SPWF too far away? Want to come to our next event? It’s an unconventional party thrown by Faeries for all the weird, wonderful people of the world!

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Gail Carriger returns to SPWF in 2017!

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The Steampunk World’s Fair is pleased as punch to announce the return of Gail Carriger to the Fair in 2017 as the Literary Guest of Honor! New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and […]

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SPWF Attendee Feedback Survey

We’d like to know what you thought of the 2016 Steampunk World’s Fair! Filling out the feedback form is the best way to ensure we see your feedback and keep it where we can access it easily! CLICK HERE FOR FEEDBACK FORM

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HVBRIS is a fun-loving band of fire freaks who entertain and amuse with wickedly creative antics. Mixing fire, vaudeville, burlesque, and sideshow; they burn bright as day with fiery talent and blazing comedy that is the one and only HVBRIS. When it’s too hot to handle, they’re just getting started! HVBRIS Start your event off […]

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Game Room


The Foam Brain Games hosts the Game Room – come play games! We have a large library of games to play. Open Gaming: Your convention badge and ID is your key to a variety of fun and exciting gaming all weekend long! Lending library opens when the convention opens and ends each night 30 minutes […]

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ConCardia at SPWF


ConCardia is the convention card game. It is part collectible card game, part scavenger hunt, all fun. Players acquire cards by completing tasks, visiting vendors, and finding cards around the fair. Cards that are collected can be built into decks, and players who find enough cards can win free admission to future events. Want your […]

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The Mechanical Meow


The Mechanical Meow is unique jewelry designs inspired by industrial chic, Neo-Victorian, Edwardian, and the steampunk ethos. A fashion that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Each handmade piece is a creation made from love, imagination…quintessence.  A portion of all proceeds goes to helping animals in need. Meow!

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Auntie Arwen’s Spices


Auntie Arwen’s Spices is one-stop shopping for the freshest home made spice blends. You will not return to store bought spice blends after you try us out.

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Workshops with The Dance Mistress, Lady De L’Etoile


Have you ever wished you could tread the Light Fantastic? Dancing was considered an important social skill in Victorian Times, and Lady De L”Etoile , Dance Mistress, is delighted to return to SPWF with waltz and tango workshops . Come alone or partnered and learn to steam up the dance floor! Learn to Waltz Workshop […]

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Butterflies by LYN


Framed insects, including butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, scorpions, cicadas, grasshoppers, and more. Handmade jewelry from insect wings and beetle wing casings.. Most of the butterflies I use die naturally and come from butterfly farms. The advantage of attaining them from butterfly farms is that these farms allow for individuals in poor areas around the world to […]

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Pyaara creates beautiful handmade hair flowers, feather hat pins, flower crowns, feather fascinators, hair sticks, and yarn falls, along with unique cameo fascinators and other accessories. Pyaara will be vending with W.P. Griswald

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Curator & creator of the whimsical, wisher of the wondrous. geeky, lolita and steampunk jewelry, corsets & accessories lovingly presented. come in & touch stuff!

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1890 Art Metal


1890 Art Metal is a purveyor of true vintage and antique brass jewelry findings — the decorative pieces used to create one-of-a-kind creations. Originally for costume jewelry, the findings are now used in jewelry, clothing, and home decor design.

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Steampunk by KISS


KISS: Keep It Simply Stylish aka Steampunk by KISS We sell one of a kind up-cycled steampunk corset, clothing, handmade jewelry and other funky accessories.

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