This coming year, I’m aiming to keep people up-to-speed about the most interesting steampunk events from across the United States and around the world. Occasionally, I’ll be asking other steampunk news hounds to give their own recs for the brassiest, classiest, or just plain amazing happenings in our community. This month, Kevin Steil of the Airship Ambassador, one of the most comprehensive steampunk resources on the aetherwebz, dropped a line to suggest his top picks.
This January you can go to a steampunk convention in a floating hotel, take a walk for charity, get a taste of steamy smexiness and more after the jump. Feel free to shout-out additional events in the comments.
The Airship Ambassador recommends:
1. Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium Jan 13 – 16th, Long Beach, CA.
This first-year convention is taking place on the cruise-ship-turned-hotel, the Queen Mary. Featured guests include John Magnificent, Unwoman, Veronique Chevalier, 6 String Samurai (the band), and the creative team behind the steampunk webseries Mantecoza.
2. Dr. Grymm Laboratories presents The Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit, running now until Jan, 15th, Hartford, CT
Now in its third year running, this year’s theme is “The Unknown” and features 21 new and upcoming steampunk artists and craftspeople from around the world. The exhibition is located at the Mark Twain House.
3. Teezeremonie zu Ehren von Mr. Sherlock Holmes (Tea ceremony in honor of Mr. Sherlock Holmes) January 6th, Tannus, Germany
It’s not often you get to have tea in a castle. The Schlosshotel Kronberg was was finished in 1893 under the commission of Empress Victoria Frederick, and is one of the most impressive 5-star hotels in the country. The tea will be held inside its opulent library, pictured here.
Other steampunk events happening this month:
Miranda, the Steampunk Murder Mystery, running Jan 12 – 21st, New York, NY
This limited-run musical will be at the HERE theater space in SoHo. Who killed Miranda Wright? Six actor-musicians take you on a lyrical tour of the last day of her life. It is up to the audience as the Jury to discover the culprit. Order tickets using the special code “STEAMPNK” and get a 40% discount on tickets.
Mobilis in Mobili Art Exhibit, running from now until Jan 14th, New York, NY
Read more in our Tor.com review. This exhibit is located at the Wooster Street Social Club: art gallery, event space, and host of the TLC reality show NY Ink. This art show is FREE and its viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 12 PM - 9 PM. On January 7th, they will be having a special party event before the exhibit closes its doors. More details about that can be found here.
Clockwork Con, Jan 20 -22nd, Austin, TX
According to its website: "Clockwork Con is a 3-day Steampunk convention located in Austin, Texas. In addition to a variety of panels on all things Steampunk, live crafting demonstrations, and a variety of unique vendors, this event will also feature two nights of performances and musical acts to satisfy both your eyes and ears.” Featuring guest musicians Steam Powered Giraffe, Marquis de Vaudeville, Bones Jangle, and guests Airship Isabella, O.M. Grey, Emperor of the Red Fork Empire, and Mr Saturday & Sixpence.
Use the power of steampunk for the forces of good! Join the Steampunk walking team at this fundraiser event for muscular dystrophy.
The Steampunk Exhibition Ball, Jan 28th, Seattle, WA
A sex-positive steampunk gala event hosted at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry. According to their FB page, this event is designed to “to satisfy the social, sexy, nerdy needs of our community members by bringing together musicians, dancers, performers and educators, all while showcase Seattle’s Victorian/Edwardian history and Steampunk culture.”