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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.
C.O.G.S. STREAMPunk Expo 2020 is a virtual convention and vendor bazaar from the organizers of C.O.G.S. Expo. They’re promising a celebration of “invention, curiosity, art, gaming, dance, music, and our truly ridiculous friends.” Content will stream on the website and Twitch. C.O.G.S. Expo itself was rescheduled from that weekend to Oct. 16-18 in Iselin, New Jersey.
When: May 15-17.
Dark Side of the Con Online is a virtual music festival produced by VampireFreaks, a social network for the goth community. It will feature performances by Angelspit, Ego Likeness, Panic Lift, The Long Losts, Disorder, May May Graves, Peter Turns Pirate, and Obsidian, plus a circus sideshow performance by Karnevil. It's a follow-up to the first online Dark Side of the Con held April 25-26. Performances will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. to midnight Eastern time.
Stay at Home Con is a three-day online geek culture convention hosted by Broken Archer, a publisher of books, board games, and card games. The program includes vendor demos, giveaways, panels, and a cosplay contest.
When: May 22-24.
Clockwork Animals, a steampunk band from Brno, Czech Republic, will present their first-ever live streaming performance. The free one-hour show will consist mostly of "our more upbeat songs," they say. A link will be provided on the Facebook event page.
When: Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. UTC+02 (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time)
The 2020 SFWA Nebula Conference is a virtual event that replaces the in-person conference that was scheduled for the same weekend. It will include panels, solo presentations, workshops, and virtual room parties. Registration costs $150 and is open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SFWA members facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
When: May 29-31. The Nebula Awards ceremony will be livestreamed for free on May 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern time (UTC -04).
Renaissance Virtual Conference is an online literary festival hosted by Renaissance Press, an independent multi-genre publisher based in Ottawa, Ontario. It will feature panels and readings with more than 50 guest authors. You can register for each presentation through the website. There's also a vendor's room on Discord.
When: June 5-7.
Ineluctable, Ultra-Telegraphic Virtual Screw is an online event that will be held in place of the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival, which has been cancelled for this year. It will include presentations, lectures, music, magic performances, a virtual bazaar, a fashion show, and an online version of the Bodgers’ Grande Exhibition, which is the festival’s maker showcase. The festival was scheduled for June 12-14 in Port Townsend, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula.
When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC -07). Tickets cost $15 via Eventbrite.
Stay Home Comic Con is a virtual comic con hosted by a group of artists in the Netherlands. It will use three digital platforms: Discord will function as a virtual convention hall with live streams and chats. The Twitch channel will include daily highlights and behind-the-scenes videos. The website will include a virtual artist alley, dealer hall and cosplay contest. The Steampunk Explorer participated in the first Stay Home Comic Con in March with “The World of Steampunk,” a free online exhibition.
When: June 13-14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. UTC +02 (4 a.m. to 12 noon U.S. Eastern Time).
Party across the Pond is a virtual steampunk event on Zoom with participants from the UK and USA. It's hosted by Steampunk Live Lounge and steampunk entertainer Duke Box in the UK with assistance from Oddball Newt in the U.S. Attendance is limited.
When: Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. UTC+01 (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern time).
Virtual Play On Con, July 2-5, is an online streaming event that replaces Play On Con, which was scheduled for the same weekend in Mountain City, Georgia. The in-person event combines gaming and cosplay with summer camp activities for kids and adults. The organizers hope to have a similar program for the online version, including gaming, performance, and costuming.
When: July 2-5.
Worldcon 78 aka CoNZealand, July 29-Aug. 2, is a virtual event that replaces the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, which was to be held in Wellington, New Zealand. You must have an attending membership to fully participate in the virtual activities. The new cost for an adult attending membership is NZ $300 (US $181). Supporting memberships (NZ $75, US $45) allow you to vote for the Hugo Awards.
CoNZealand organizers are collaborating with The Fantasy Network to host the virtual event. After the convention, The Fantasy Network will host some of the content as video-on-demand streams. Learn more in the announcement.
When: July 29-Aug. 2.
Burning Man, the huge arts festival scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 7 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, will be a virtual event this year. The organizers announced the move on April 10. They are still formulating details on how it will work. We’ve posted a story with details about the announcement and a gallery of photos from past festivals.
When: Not yet clear. The festival was scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 7.
Frenchy and the Punk are staging live themed mini-concerts every Wednesday via YouTube. Each concert can be viewed on YouTube through the following Saturday, after which they are available to Patreon supporters. See the band’s website and Facebook events page for more info.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.