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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.
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..
C.O.G.S. Gear Up for Spring
Steampunk fashion tips from the organizers of C.O.G.S. Expo. Everything “from how to create a look from scratch, to how to source the pieces to pull a look together. We will cover props and accessories as well.” Hosted by Sheila Fadrosh, aka Lady De L’Etoile, and Ginger Seibert of Midnight Orchid Design.
From the website: “The Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations is a meeting-place for academics, creative writers, and other fantasy-minded folks to come together and discuss fantastical works in an academic setting.” The 2021 event will be held online. The theme is “Beyond the Anglocentric Fantastic.”
Online version of a volunteer-run science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention held in Des Moines, Iowa. The program will include a virtual art show, creative manga/writing contest, and masquerade/cosplay competition.
Freaky Mutant Weirdo Variety Show
A variety show that raises funds for Elijah’s Promise, a non-profit that serves meals to people in poverty. Performers include A Halo Called Fred, The Eternal Frontier, Trio of Madness, Nicole Oliva Soprano, Scott Helland (of Frenchy and the Punk. This year’s event will be held online. It’s presented by A Halo Called Fred and Lump’N’Loaf Records.
When: May 1, 2021. Links: | Facebook
Watch City Steampunk Festival
An online version of a large steampunk festival held annually in Waltham, Massachusetts.
An online version of a volunteer-run steampunk convention with makers, panels, gaming, contests, live music, and more. It will be held on Twitch.
Virtual Keycon 2021
Described as “Manitoba’s premier Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Convention. It focuses on science fiction, fantasy and related literary genres in any form. It includes, but is not limited to, writing, visual arts, television and film.” This year’s event is virtual.
When: May 21 - 23, 2021. Links: Website
Described as “Calgary’s premier all-ages anime festival featuring anime screenings, exhibitor hall, community panels, cosplay contests, voice actors, musical guests, and so much more.” The 2021 event will be streamed.
When: May 22, 2021. Links: Website
A science fiction and fantasy convention held annually in the Kansas City area. The 2021 convention will be virtual. Guests include authors Becky Chambers and Dan Wells, and artist Toni L. Taylor.
A free virtual convention held in place of a live gathering produced by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS).
Special guests include Seanan McGuire, Alyssa Winans, R.F. Kuang, and Arkady Martine. BSFS presents the Compton Crook Award for best first novel in science fiction, fantasy or horror.
When: May 28 - 31, 2021. Links: Website
An online version of an anime convention billed as being “by fans, for fans.”
From the organizers: “This will be unlike any convention that we have planned before. We are tailoring many of our traditionally in-person events to fit a virtual audience.”
When: May 28 - 31, 2021. Links: Website
Statewide Steampunk Day
Free Zoom gathering with a virtual tea party, sea shanty sing-a-long and splendid teapot race. Presented by Geekdom Hikes.
WHOlanta Virtual Tardis 2021
WHOlanta describes itself as “an annual Doctor Who and British media and culture convention in Atlanta.” This year’s event will be virtual. The organizers promise “a full day of guests, fan panels, and special events, all streaming live on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.” The program will also include a Virtual Masquerade.
Anime and comics convention. This year, the organizers will host an online event in May on Twitch. That will be followed by an in-person convention in November.
A science fiction convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2021, this will be a hybrid virtual/in-person event. Author Guests of Honor for 2021 include Maurice Broaddus.
Virtual membership costs $20 and provides access to all live streamed content, as well as one-year access to recorded content. Musical performances will be live streamed but might not be recorded. Virtual content will also be available on a per-event basis at prices ranging up to $2.99, but won’t be available for future viewing. In-person pre-registration costs $40 for the full weekend.
SFWA Nebula Virtual Conference
An annual event presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This year’s edition will be virtual. You need not be an SFWA member (or even an author) to participate. Highlights include presentation of the Nebula Awards.
When: Jun 4 - 6, 2021. Links: Website
Fandomopolis: All the Fandoms that Fit
A free online event billed as “a celebration of the culture and history of Fandom.” The organizers are planning panels, Q&As, costume contests, games, and private meet-and-greets. Proceeds will benefit Los Angeles-area non-profits.
Steampunkin’ Around the World
An online steampunk convention from the Society for the Ethical Treatment of Kraken. The program includes a concert by Victor Sierra and a performance by Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria. It will also feature authors and a mummy unwrapping.
Transmissions from The Aether
A virtual event from the organizers of Clockwork Alchemy, the largest steampunk convention in Northern California.
An online version of a science fiction convention that normally rotates among cities in the Western U.S. “Westercon 73 will be offering a film festival, filking, and all the programming that can be managed effectively in an online format,” states convention chair Gene Armstrong. “As Westercon 73 has moved online many traditional volunteer positions won’t be needed for this event; instead, there’s a major need for moderators for panels.”
Scheduled Guests of Honor include David Brin (Writer), Ethan Siegel (Science), Rob Carlos (Artist), Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff (Music), and Kevin Roche & Andrew Trembley (Fans).
Memberships cost $35.
A virtual convention from the producers of San Diego Comic-Con. Programming includes panels with celebrities and creators.
This annual conference is produced by Costumer’s Guild West. “We offer lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming: from general sewing (pattern grading, setting sleeves, etc.) to historical construction methods (corsetry, petticoats, etc.) to time period overview classes to science fiction/fantasy costume construction.” the website says. This year’s event is online.
A virtual anime convention.
Virtual CoKoCon 2021
A science fiction/fantasy convention held annually over Labor Day weekend in the Phoenix metro area. The 2021 convention will be virtual.
When: Sep 3 - 6, 2021. Links: Website
The 79th World Science Fiction Convention, aka DisCon III, is a major event for fans, authors, and artists in science fiction and fantasy. This year’s convention will be largely in-person, but will also include virtual programming. Virtual memberships start at $75.
British Steampunk Broadcasting Co-operation is a 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.
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.
Faire Relief 2020 is a 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. If you want to list products, you must demonstrate that you’ve been a vendor at these types of events.
Virtual Burning Man is a project from the organizers of the Burning Man festival. It includes links to Burning Man-related videos and info on how to participate in virtual experiences.
Virtual Steam Con is an ongoing steampunk convention in the form of a private Facebook group. 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.