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.
The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival and Parade returns to the Northern California city
Fire-spewing mechanical creatures might seem a better fit for Halloween than a Winter holiday celebration, but no one seemed to mind as the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival and Parade returned Dec. 4 to Vallejo, California after a one-year hiatus.
The National Space Centre once again provided a great backdrop for steampunk cosplay
Steampunks swapped their airships for more futuristic transportation as the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK once again hosted Steampunks in Space. We have the cosplay highlights thanks to guest photographer Craig Jenkins.
Scenes from the steampunk gathering organized by Kolleen Kilduff of Design by Night
About 100 steampunk fans turned out for tea dueling, a costume contest, wine tastings, and more as the Royal Rabbit Vineyards in Parkton, Maryland hosted Down the Rabbit Hole last Saturday.
Steampunk fans returned to the village known for its association with the Brontë sisters
After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, steampunk fans in the UK once again gathered for Haworth Steampunk Weekend, the annual event hosted by White Rose Yorkshire Steampunks as a fundraiser for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
Steampunk projects were on display at the San Francisco Bay Area art and music festival
Steampunk art was among the big attractions at TreasureFest, held Sept. 18-19 in San Rafael, California. Attendees encountered projects such as Richard Murillo’s Time Machine, the Rhino Redemption art car, and contraptions from Kinetic Steam Works.
Lots of costumed spectacle at the Newark Free Steampunk Festival in the UK
Hundreds of steampunks gathered in costumed splendor at the Newark Free Steampunk Festival, held Aug. 28 and 29 in Newark-on-Trent. The event was presented by the Ministry of Steampunk after the Asylum Steampunk Festival was cancelled.
Steampunk fans once again flocked to Hannibal, Missouri for the annual gathering
The Big River Steampunk Festival returned over Labor Day Weekend with a new owner and questions about whether it would be as big and spectacular as past gatherings. Our correspondent has a report and photos.
Whitby Pavilion once again hosted a large gathering of steampunks in costumed splendor
After a long pandemic-induced hiatus, steampunk fans returned July 23-25 to Whitby Pavilion in North Yorkshire for Whitby Steampunk Weekend X. It featured a steampunk market plus workshops, presentations, and live entertainment.
Scenes from the immersive steampunk gathering at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire
Each year, steampunks in the UK gather at The Town That Never Was, a place where the Cthulhu Party rules, the 3rd Foot & Mouth regiment stands guard, and the Martian Expeditionary Force seeks recruits. We have photos to prove it.