Steampunk, the marriage of steam technology and the Victorian era. Not only a popular fiction genre, but also a lifestyle for many people. One of the tangible celebrations of this lifestyle is that of the ever popular convention.
Below is a list of Steampunk conventions and events around the world that I know of. It is not complete, and may likely be out of date. If you know of any upcoming conventions coming up, or any date changes, please comment below.
Anime Midwest (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention, but has a sizable Steampunk track) – Rosemont, Illinois (outside Chicago) – July 3-5, 2015
Anachro Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Atlanta, Georgia – February 27–March 1, 2015
AnomalyCon – Denver, Colorado – March 27-29, 2015
Arisia – Boston, Massachusetts – January 16-19, 2015
ConTemporal – Raleigh, North Carolina – 2015 dates not announced yet
Clockwork Alchemy – San Jose, California – May 23-26, 2014 (Memorial Day weekend)
CoastCon – Biloxi, Mississippi – March 20–22, 2015
Costume Con – (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Charleston, SC, May 15-18, 2015 and Madison, WI, May 6-9, 2016
The Brass Screw Confederacy – Port Townsend, Washington, May 29-31
DragonCon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Atlanta, Georgia – September 4-7, 2015
Emerald City Steampunk Expo – Wichita, Kansas – November 21-23, 2014
Gaslight Gathering – San Diego, California – September 18-20, 2015
Gearcon – Portland, Oregon – July 3-5, 2015
HRM Steampunk Symposium – Long Beach, California – January 16-19, 2015
HRM Steampunk Symposium – Sacramento California – October 3-5, 2014
Hypericon – Nashville, Tennesse – July 19-21, 2015
International Steampunk City – Historic Speedwell (Morristown,) New Jersey – October 11-12, 2014
Meta Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Minneapolis, Minneapolis – October 31-November 2, 2014, September 4-6, 2015 and September 2-4, 2016
RuffleCon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – New Haven, Connecticut – October 4-5, 2014
Ryu-Kon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Buffalo, New York – July 10-12, 2015
Salt City Steamfest – Salt Lake City, Utah – 2015 dates not announced yet
Star City Anime (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Roanaoke, Virginia – February 6-8, 2015
Steamposium – Seattle, Washington – September 26-28, 2014
Steampunk Symposium – Cincinnati, Ohio – Aptil 24-26, 2015
Steampunk Worlds Fair – Piscataway, New Jersey – May 15-17, 2015
Tanoshiicon (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – West Chester, PA – April 25, 2015
Temple Con (not a dedicated Steampunk Convention) – Warwick, Rhode Island – February 5-8, 2015
TeslaCon – Middleton, Wisconsin – November 7-8, 2015
Victoria Steam Exposition – Victoria B.C., Canada – 2015 Date unknown
Watch City Festival – Waltham, Massachusetts – May 9-10, 2015
Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention – Old Tucson, Arizona – March 6-8. 2015
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Hi! I wanted to submit a Steampunk festival event for your list! Here’s the link to the festival information:
It takes place in Port Townsend, WA, and starts Friday 5/29 and runs through Sunday 5/31
May 29th through 31st The Brass Screw Confederacy, Port Townsend’s Steampunk festival, aims to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. The event brings together the regions finest Steampunk artists and entertainers for a weekend of the extraordinary. Authors, panels, music, art, gritty history and whimsical flights of fantasy. Experience the mechanical contrivances of Tactical Croquet – miniature golf meets croquet, plus oddities and entertainments for all ages. An entire day of Steampunk authors speak their pieces in the Readings Room, plus a panel on the state of the art. The Bazaar of the Bizarre vendor faire brings artisans and creators from across the country. The Brass Screw Chautauqua lecture series comingles Victorian history and culture with all the fantastical whimsy that has come to embody Steampunk, culminating in the annual firing of a magnificent brass reproduction Gatling gun! Friday night you can belly up to the bar of the Steampunk Saloon to catch the return of Hot Damn Scandal.
Saturday evening, join us at historical Fort Worden for the Steampunk Hootenanny. This year’s lineup features Steampunk sensation Marquis de Vaudeville, a Texas-based, steam-themed band in their exclusive Washington state appearance. They’re joined by Jody Ellen, and Nathaniel Johnstone Band, or you step over and catch the exceptional spin of our own Steampunk DJ. Indulge your senses in a unique Coin-Op Burlesque Show, absinthe bars, and the Steampunk mysticism of Master Payne, Steampunk Sorcerer Supreme.
“But what is the Brass Screw?” First, the Brass Screw ain’t no Con. It breaks the tradition of historical event in a modern convention center. Instead it simply turns up the everyday experience of life in one of just three Victorian seaports in the US. The Brass Screw Crew transforms Port Townsend into a unique vision of what a Steampunk Extravaganza should be: vintage aesthetics comingled with edgy century art, music, and tech – all strapped together with brass. We’ve got something to steam up ingénues and aficionados alike. You’ll wonder why you didn’t come sooner!
Thank you for stopping by Kimberly, I’ve added it to the list. And… I’ll be there although I likely won’t have a costume ready by that weekend. 🙂