An Enchanted City in Upstate New York

Thousands are expected for Saturday’s Enchanted City Steampunk Fair in Troy, near Albany

Monday, September 10, 2018
Enchanted City

The streets of Troy, New York, will become a Victorian fantasyland as The Enchanted City V Steampunk Fair takes place this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free activities will include theatrical performances, an Inventor’s Challenge, a costume competition, and a concert by the “flapper folk punk cabaret” duo Frenchy and The Punk. Afterward, at 7 p.m., Steam Powered Giraffe will headline a concert at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets for the latter event cost $25.

This is the fifth year for the fair, which has drawn more than 8000 attendees to past events.

Highlights on the Main Stage will include a “Steampunk Alice in Wonderland” performance by the Paidia Events Pop Up Theatre, followed by “Steampunk Shakespeare” by Will Kempe’s Players. Frenchy & The Punk take the stage at 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Talk Tent at 2nd and State Street will have presentations about costuming, Victorian fashion, local history, and other topics. Scheduled speakers include Wheeler Stone of Doc Stone Studios; cosplay master Mickey Flint, “The Great Race” participant John Corey; and former Disney imagineer Art Millican Jr.

Maker’s Row in Frear Alley will feature demonstrations of robots, game design, jewelry making and other crafts, plus a mini escape room and a wand-making workshop.

Vendors will set up on State Street between the Main Stage and Talk Tent.

Downtown businesses will also be hosting activities tied to the event.

On Friday night, the Copper Pot in North Central Troy will host a Mad Steampunk Art Show Gala featuring food, an open bar, DJ and a steampunk art show. Tickets cost $50. It’s limited to people 21 and older.

The website includes a festival program and downtown map, as well as a map of the Troy area with directions and lodging info. The city is about eight miles north of Albany.

Photo credits: A Slyer Image Photography (left, center), Enchanted City (right). They are used by permission of the festival.


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