Steampunk World’s Fair May 17th – 19th, 2013
Probably one of the biggest and best Steampunk conventions around is the Steampunk World’s Fair. Though they would prefer to call themselves a festival (and have some good reasons why they are a festival not a convention). Held every year in Piscataway, NJ this is considered by many to be “one of the best Steampunk festivals in the world.” Featuring numerous shows, Absinthe Tasting, High Tea, and a symposium track full of intellectual discussion.
Featuring Steam Powered Giraffe
The musical pantomime troupe Steam Powered Giraffe are among one of my favorites (and my girlfriend’s favorite Steampunk band of all time). Not only is the music great, but the show they put on and their commitment to playing the role of automatons makes them stand apart from other brass and brown, goggled musicians. Over the past year they’ve gone through some changes including a switch in the band members. While my original favorite robot, The Jon, left the troupe, my favorite human of the band, Sam, was transformed into the newest automaton “Hatchworth“.
This year, Steam Powered Giraffe are scheduled to appear at the Steampunk World’s Fair. Well, the calendar over at http://www.steampoweredgiraffe.com has them scheduled for it but the Steampunk World’s Fair website is not the easiest to navigate and the best I can find is a post from Sept ’12 that says the coordinators are in negotiations with SPG to appear.
Go Buy Tickets
If you live in the Northeast, this is one of the best steampunk conventions/festivals you could ever attend. If you’re extremely local then it’s best not to worry about hotels and just make the drive. If you’re coming from out of state I have to warn you that hotel space usually runs out quick. It’s possible all the closest hotels are full up for the weekend already. I’m not 100% certain that my girlfriend and I will be attending yet but if we do then there will be an after-post with photos if possible. Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://steampunkworldsfair.com/?cat=21
And now to help you kill some time…
Here’s a youtube clip from the first appearance of Hatchworth at Youmacon ’12
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