If you are a Steampunk or are just interested in the genre, Steampunk World’s Fair is the premiere event of the year. This is the largest Steampunk festival in the world and boasts more entertainment, guests, and attendees than any other exclusively Steampunk event in the world. It is truly an event not to be missed.
For one thing, this festival is so big it is housed in 2 adjacent hotels, the courtyard of one, and the parking lot between them. Every nook and cranny is filled with something wonderful to behold. While it can get crowded, staff and attendees were very good about clearing out high traffic areas, and I think the bustling crowds gives World’s Fair the festive aura that truly makes it special. The setup does however get a bit tricky when you’re in a corset, booty shorts, platform heelless heels (see below), and it starts to rain on your beautiful, not-waterproof costuming. (I nearly had high-maintenance costuming panic attack.) But you honestly couldn’t get 2 hotels closer together. With activity spilling outside as well, you’re always part of the action. Just bring a fancy umbrella.
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Now I could go on to talk about how charming Voltaire was, how fun the absinthe tasting was, or how the ladies swooned over Sixpence, but the heart and soul of Steampunk World’s Fair is the mystery. There are special VIP only events, secret concerts, and late-night off-the-record parties that make attendees feel like they’ve stumbled into a magical fairy land (True Blood style – new season coming up soon YAY!) for a Bacchanalian ritual.
Wyck hosted a secret party that was exactly that. Musicians from several acts including This Way to the Egress and ENSMB gathered together on stage to play a raucous set that kept everyone dancing through the early morning hours. Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings also played a secret show that didn’t stay secret for very long. The room was so packed I could only stay for about two songs, but they sounded fantastic. Lastly, the avant-garde Goblin Market saw its finest iteration yet in the large outdoor tent that gave it the feeling of a macabre bazar.
If you didn’t go to Steampunk World’s Fair this year, you really missed out on one of the best conventions of the year. However, next year will be the Fair’s 5th year, marking a major milestone for the event. Start planning your outfits now and book your rooms the second they are announced, because this event is going to be unforgettable!
See y’all there <3