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 part of the multi-genre convention, Mad Raven Productions will present a full track of steampunk programming, including panels, tea dueling, make-and-take workshops, and live-action role play.
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.
This weekend’s calendar includes the first-ever Silk City Steampunk Festival in Manchester, Connecticut, and the Steampunk & Industrial Show in Mount Dora, Florida. Author Maurice Broaddus will be a special guest at Metaverse in Atlanta.
U.S. steampunk fans in points East and West will have a chance to get out this weekend with events including Top Brass near Sacramento, Down the Rabbit Hole in Maryland, Escape in Time to Steampunk and Wine in Colorado, and Monsterama in Atlanta.
Steampunk fans on the West Coast will have their first chance in months to gather indoors as the Gaslight Steampunk Expo returns Sept. 30-Oct. 3 to San Diego. This year’s convention will take attendees to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris.
It’s another busy weekend on the U.S. steampunk calendar, especially in Connecticut, where two events are taking place. Meanwhile, WhimsyCon returns to Denver and Milwaukee-area steampunks will raise funds to battle bleeding disorders.
Attendees can look forward to an extensive program of presentations covering all aspects of geek culture, including steampunk. If you can’t make it to Atlanta, this year’s convention will offer multiple tracks of virtual programming.
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.