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With so many conventions and festivals being cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some organizers are planning virtual events through online channels such as Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom. These include replacements for cancelled events as well as new initiatives. On this page, you will find listings of upcoming events, plus archived, recurring, and ongoing events. This is in addition to our comprehensive listings of in-person gatherings.
If you’re aware of any online events that include substantial steampunk programming, let us know using the contact form. Please include a link and brief description, and indicate if you’re one of the organizers. We’re looking primarily for events with multiple participants, not presentations or chats by individuals. However, we will include solo musical or theatrical performances.
Coldwater Steampunk Online is an online version of the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, one of the largest steampunk events in Canada. Online programming will include live entertainment, artisan demonstrations, and workshops. It will also feature a creative writing contest, photo contest, and costume contest.
Though it will largely be online, some activities will take place in the town of Coldwater. These include workshops, art installations, scavenger hunts, and cultural exhibits, but with measures to ensure public safety. See the Facebook page and website for details.
When: Aug. 6-Sept. 2.
The Newfangled Contraption (Digital) Steampunk Fair is a free online version of the Southern Maine Steampunk Fair, an annual gathering held at the Brick Store Museum in southern Maine. The program includes a costume contest and video presentations. Speakers include author Leanna Renee Hieber, who will host a video chat at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Vendors will participate via Facebook and Instagram.
When: Saturday, Aug. 8.
Streampunk 2 is the second installment in a multi-continent online festival featuring electro-swing music. The performers are DJ Bongo (6 p.m.); Wolfgang Lohr (6:30 p.m.); Madam Misfit (7:30 p.m.); Kiwistar (8:30 p.m.); AtomSmith (10 p.m.); and Faith in the Glitch (11:30 p.m.). All times are UTC. Subtract 4 hours for U.S. Eastern time, 7 hours for Pacific time.
Sanctuary is an online steampunk event that will be held in place of the Asylum Steampunk Festival in the UK. Some programming will be streamed live from a small real-world gathering at Kelham Hall, near Newark, Nottinghamshire. This will include a picnic, promenade, and vendors. The online convention will also feature video programming and online chats, including videos by authors and other steampunk creators. See the Sanctuary and Welcome to the Asylum Facebook pages for updates.
When: Aug. 28-31.
ArmadilloCon 2020 is an online version of the science fiction and fantasy convention, which was scheduled to take place in Austin, Texas. The convention programming typically focuses on art and literature. See the website and Facebook page for updates.
When: Aug. 28-30.
Dragon Con, the huge geek culture convention in Atlanta, will be held virtually this year. Activities will include costume contests and the Dragon Con Awards recognizing books, games, comics, TV shows, and movies. The real-world convention features multiple tracks, including an alternate history track. Some of these will likely have their own virtual programming. See the Facebook page for updates.
When: Sept. 3-7. (These were the dates for the real-world convention. The producers say the virtual convention will run for four or five days over Labor Day weekend.)
Virtual Crunchyroll Expo is an online version of an anime convention that takes place each year in San Jose. The organizers say they will provide details beginning in mid-July.
When: Sept. 4-6.
Leeds Steampunk Virtual Market is a Facebook-based marketplace that will be held one weekend per month from July through September. It replaces an in-person market periodically held in the area around Leeds, UK. To participate, you need to join the Facebook group. Participants are asked to make a small donation to charity (even £1) at each event. Activities include a coffee joust hosted by Paul Wheelhouse, with mini-medals for first and second-place winners.
When: Sept. 5-6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. UTC+01 (subtract 5 hours for U.S. Eastern time).
Victorian Days is an online version of a festival held annually in Belvidere, New Jersey on the weekend after Labor Day. The program includes entertainment, educational presentations, an antique car show, and an art contest. It will feature a mix of pre-recorded and livestream videos. Learn more on the website and Facebook page.
When: Sept. 12-13, 2020.
The World Fantasy Convention is joining other major conventions in going online this year. It was set to take place in Salt Lake City. The organizers promise readings, art demonstrations, interviews, online chats, art show, virtual exhibit hall, and a full schedule of panels. They will also present an online version of the World Fantasy Award ceremony. Registration costs US $125.
When: Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
TeslaCon is an immersive steampunk convention that is going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The online event will likely include videos, maker sessions, Q&As, and presentations about the convention. See the Facebook page for updates.
When: Nov. 5-8 (original dates for the in-person convention)
The Lockdown Transmissions is a series of acoustic streaming performances by Captain of the Lost Waves, who often plays at UK steampunk events. They’re streamed live every Wednesday, around 7:30 p.m. UTC+1, on his Facebook page.
Streaming the Steam is a new weekly live show on YouTube, hosted by John Sprocket of The Cog Is Dead. He offers banter, solo performances, and interviews with luminaries in the steampunk world. It airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Eastern time (UTC-4). Episodes are archived on the band’s YouTube channel.
British Steampunk Broadcasting Co-operation is a new Facebook group that provides info about streaming performances by artists in the UK.
COGS Market is a virtual marketplace on Facebook for artisans and other vendors set to appear at COGS Expo. The organizers are also planning COGS STREAMPunk Expo, an online event running May 15-17. The in-person COGS Expo was postponed to Oct. 16-18 in Iselin, New Jersey.
Con Online is a free online anime convention based open source software. It includes sections for dealers, artists, and cosplayers. The open source software is available on GitHub. The app was developed by AnimeCon.org, which produces anime conventions in Minneapolis, Chicago, and the Quad Cities area of Iowa.
Concellation 2020 is a virtual science fiction/fantasy convention in the form of a Facebook group. It includes event listings and three sub-groups: The Dealer's Room, The Artist's Gallery, and The Masquerade. It was created on March 12 and had more than 30,000 members as of mid-April.
Faire Relief 2020 is a new Facebook group for attendees, vendors, and entertainers at Renaissance festivals and similar events such as Celtic and pirate festivals. It serves as an online marketplace for vendors and entertainers who have lost business due to cancellation of these events. Rules are spelled out in this post by admin Bella Wilson.
Kindling is a project from the organizers of the Burning Man festival, which won't be held this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes listings of online events from the Burning Man Project and Burning Man participants. The organization also launched Burning Man Live, a new podcast.
The Steampunk Online Shop is a virtual market created by Chantilly Grey, organizers of the Shrewsbury Steampunk Spectacular in the UK. It was established to support trades, entertainers, and associated businesses who were set to appear at the event, but is open to others as well.
Virtual Steam Con is an ongoing steampunk convention in the form of a private Facebook group. It launched April 22 and had grown to more than 400 members less than 24 hours later. Expected programming includes workshops, art galleries, and opportunities for discussions around steampunk topics. Members are invited to “post pics of yourself, ask questions, say things here that you would say at a con, and post maker videos.” It’s led by steampunk makers Wheeler Stone, Stephen Chapman, and Brian Fadrosh. Stone and Fadrosh also organize the Key City Steampunk Festival in Pennsylvania.
The Virtual Vendor Fair is a marketplace for artisan vendors and others who were slated to appear at events in Northern California. It was organized by the Northern California Black Hat Society and runs through April 30.
The WWW.Renaissance Faire (Wandering, Wonderous, Wireless Renaissance Faire) “aims to create a virtual Renaissance Faire experience in the wake of cancellations.”
The Clockwork Alchemy 2020 Streaming Concert featured performances by musical artists who were scheduled to appear at the San Francisco Bay Area steampunk convention. They included Strangely Doesburg, Crystal Bright, Unwoman, Sarah Shay, Dogwood, Aaron Shay, Lee Presson, and mystery guest Nathaniel Johnstone. Most of the performances (all but Lee Presson’s) have been archived as YouTube videos. Some include wait times before the musicians performed, but you can skip ahead in each video.
The convention organizers have also posted a list of vendors who were set to appear in the Artist’s Bazaar. In addition, you can view readings from Edgar Allan Poe by Lee Presson; Corona Story Time on YouTube with Drake & McTrowell; and a virtual Artist’s Gallery posted by Clara Blackheart.
C.O.G.S. STREAMPunk Expo 2020 was a virtual convention and vendor bazaar from the organizers of C.O.G.S. Expo. It included presentations by Thomas Willeford, Don Dodson, Kolleen Kilduff, Leanna Renee Hieber, Victor and the Bully, and A Halo Called Fred. Archived videos can be viewed on Twitch.
Comic-Con@Home was an online version of Comic-Con International, the huge pop culture convention in San Diego. Held July 22-26, it included panels, a masquerade, an exhibit hall, and artists' alley. Most panels can be viewed in the Comic-Con YouTube channel. Learn more on the website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.
CyberCon 2020 was a virtual geek culture convention held April 17-19 on Facebook Live. Performers included Phantasmagoria, an Orlando-based Victorian horror troupe, and Corsets and Cuties, a burlesque cabaret group.
The Society for the Ethical Treatment of Kraken in Winnipeg, Manitoba, hosted "Tea in the Clouds," a free virtual steampunk convention. Content is archived in the member section of the website. Registration is free and open to all steampunk fans. To register, visit the home page and follow the log-in link.
SteamPunk Over Ether was a virtual festival hosted by SteamPaper, a monthly steampunk newsletter from the UK. It livestreamed April 25-26 on Facebook and YouTube, and content is archived on those channels. It included musical performances, presentations, and interviews with steampunk luminaries.
Virtucon 2020, held April 18, was an online event hosted on Facebook by Chris Ahrendt and the Atlanta Steampunk Expo. It featured video presentations by Ahrendt, Thomas Willeford, Dave Lee, Brett King, Jeff Church, Cedric Whittaker, John Strangeway, J. Michael Cobb, and Jason Merrill, plus a musical interlude by D.J. Spider. The videos can be viewed in the Atlanta Steampunk Expo Facebook group.
Wannacon was a virtual comic convention hosted by Wannabe Press, an independent publisher led by author and podcaster Russell Nohelty. It featured live discussions and presentations by authors and artists. They included Matt Knowles, creator of Heirs of Isildur, and Madeline Holly-Rosing, creator of Boston Metaphysical Society. Each day’s presentations can be viewed on YouTube.