With the start of December comes a big weekend for steampunk fans, as TeslaCon takes place near Madison, Wisconsin, while Steampunk Adventurers Weekend returns for its second engagement in South Florida.
Whether you’re in the North, East, West, or South (in the U.S.) or Way South (New Zealand), there’s a steampunk event this weekend, including TeslaCon, Steampunk November, Steampunk Adventurers Weekend, and Steampunk the Thames.
A look back at the year’s major steampunk gatherings as the world slowly returned to normal
After a year or so of pandemic-induced restrictions, steampunk gatherings in 2021 slowly returned to the real world, and it was clear from the enthusiasm surrounding the events that folks were eager to meet again in person. See the highlights in our gallery.
As TeslaCon director Eric Jon Larson prepares for the 2021 convention next month, he’s already planning future editions of the immersive steampunk gathering. Sadly, the 2025 TeslaCon will likely be the last, he says.
When TeslaCon director Eric Jon Larson announced in 2019 that the following year’s convention would be themed War of the Worlds, little did he know that a pandemic would soon be ravaging the planet. The theme now seems eerily prescient.
As the COVID-19 Delta variant causes a surge in outbreaks, several large fan conventions, including TeslaCon and Dragon Con, have announced stricter health policies that will require all or most attendees to show proof of vaccination.
This year’s edition of the immersive steampunk event will conclude a long-running storyline
Steampunks from the Midwest and points beyond will be headed to Madison, Wisconsin Nov. 14-17 for TeslaCon, which bills itself as North America’s “largest single immersion event for steampunk fans.”
The organizer of the immersive steampunk con hopes to launch a West Coast edition in 2020
The organizer of TeslaCon, the immersive steampunk convention in Wisconsin, is making plans for a Seattle event that will likely debut in spring 2020. “We really want to bring our version of steampunk out there,” says founder Eric Jon Larson.