As spring approaches, events come out of the woodwork, it seems. Celebrate Italy’s first steampunk convention or camp out at Old Tuscon’s film studio for a wild good time. Travel with the Tokyo Inventors Society as they travel to New Dublin on their latest adventure. Find a whatchamacallit at the Thingymajigy Fayre in San Antonio. Have a pint with the authors of the upcoming gaslamp fantasy anthology Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells. All this and more has roots out from across the aetherwebz by myself, Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributors Ariane Wolfe and Mark Anderson, the founders & co-chairs of the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition.
The Airship Ambassador recommends:
Steampunk at the Seaside – March 22-25th — Park Resorts at Camber Sands, England, United Kingdom
A new event for the Victorian Steampunk Society—the creation of a steampunk holiday camp! We look forward to welcoming you to the first ever Steampunk Holiday Camp. Already planned: The Major’s Soiree and Music Hall, Volley Boater Championship, Tea Duelling Championship, Day programme of talks and workshops, Mass game of Steampunks & Zombies, Traders in the Bazaar Eclectica.
Steampact – March 30 - 31st – Rome, Italy
Italy’s first steampunk festival, showcasing fashion, music, and literature.
Steampunk clothes parade from Micol Notarianni. Live on Stage: Poison Garden-the new Italian Pink steampunk band Absinth-Girl Rock Band film screenings and much more! Also join us on Facebook.
Steampunk at Gettysburg – March 29 - 31st – Gettysburg, PA
We are Pennsylvania’s 1st 3-Day Steampunk Convention! Guests include Margaret Killjoy, Mark. P. Donnelly, Esther Wheelmaker, Frenchy and the Punk, Veronique Chevalier, V is for Villains, Hellblinki, The Clockwork Dolls, Scarring Party, Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings, Lord Monty Jacques III, Platform One, Pyrophoric, Mr. Saturday and Sixpence, Thee Bluebeard, The Wonderful World of Wyck, and The Copper Claw, and much, much more!
Tokyo Inventors Society presents: STEAM GARDEN episode 4: Celtic Fantasy – March 10th – Christon Cafe, Shinjuku, Tokyo Japan
Join the Tokyo Inventors Society for their latest Steam Garden event, featuring music, activities, and more in their immersive atmosphere. The storyline so far: “It is now clear that the time-travelers are leaping across parallel worlds, where history is different every time. Somewhere in the middle of the 19th century, they arrive in a world where the Celts survived the Roman empire, in their secret druidic villages. After a disastrous “steam war” during the industrial revolution, Europe goes dark and the Celts reclaim the British Isles, ruling from New Dublin. Here, the airship has to make a forced landing!”
Ariane & Mark recommend:
Artifice Nights – March 1st – Atlanta, GA
Why Ariane & Mark recommend this: “Break out your smoking jackets and fezzes for Artifice Nights at the XS Ultra Lounge in Atlanta... this looks and sounds like a re-hashing of the old speakeasy clubs of the 1920s, with a Steampunk twist. And we couldn't help but notice that the Nathaniel Johnstone Band is going to be kicking off the event. Nathaniel is an excellent musician who gathers equally talented performers around him and is sure to bring a vibrant tone to the evening.”
Wild Wild West Con II – March 8 – 10th – Old Tuscon, AZ
Why Ariane & Mark recommend this: “The idea of taking an entire old west town and converting it for the weekend to engender western steampunk music, arts and activities is lovely (and Ariane couldn't help but notice that there's a running carousel!). To our eyes though, the most unique innovation of this con is in their Southwestern Native American take on the Steampunk aesthetic. It's refreshing to find something new and diverse being pioneered!”
About the guest contributors: Ariane Wolfe & Mark Anderson are the event founders and co-chairs for the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition. They grew up working the Northern & Southern California Renaissance Faires and the Dickens Fair, going to sci-fi cons and reading a great deal of books; in the mundane world, Ariane works as an Executive Assistant for UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, while Mark is the Marketing Director for a book publisher in San Rafael, California. They were married in September and live in Berkeley with three kids and three cats between them; a dog is imminent. Nova Albion will be running April 26th through the 28th at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
Additional Events from Around the World
The Rose West at the Hudson Music Hall – March 2nd – Hudson Falls, NY
From their Facebook: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we're incredibly thrilled to come home to our old stomping grounds in the ol' 518. Even more so that we'll be performing in the beautiful and historic Hudson River Music Hall! So please join us for an evening of excitement, intrigued, epic rock and some fun new experiments we thought we'd share just with you. Guest starring Anthime Miller's brilliant eclectic cello stylings and, with luck, just a little extra bit of rock. Student Admission: $6 Regular Admission: $8”
The Steampunk Picnic in Prospect Park – March 9th – Brooklyn, NY
From their Facebook: “We're back! After a winter far too cold and chaotic to organize even cozy cahoots, we're coming back to Prospect Park! Come and spend a relaxed, casual afternoon in the company of local steampunks! Bring a blanket, food (enough to share would be great, but is not expected/required), and your favorite piece of steampunk or Victorian literature, poetry, art, musical instruments, or personal projects to read aloud/show off. Around 3 PM we'll have a “Fashion Walk” and “Show and Tell for Steampunks.” Show off your ensemble, tell us where you got it, what you made, etc. Get your photos taken with the lush greenery of the park as your backdrop!”
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings CD Release Party – March 9th – New York, NY
From their Facebook: “The New York Nineteenth Century Society would like to invite you to the Steampunk CD release party for Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings’ debut full-length album, To the Weak and Weary. Join your fellow Steampunks and history aficionados, along with special guests Baroque and Hungry for an evening of great music at the Brooklyn Fire Proof East Café and Bar. A percentage of the ticket sales goes directly to funding the educational programming of the New York Nineteenth Century Society and is being generously donated by Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Tickets are only $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door and can be purchased directly from the band at their website. Doors open at 8pm.”
The Marquis of Vaudeville: Music from out of the Trees 2013 – March 9th – Dallas, TX
Texan steampunk favorite Marquis of Vaudeville will be performing at Trees. Featuring Ending the Vicious Cycle, Greysmyth, and Grown Up Avenger Stuff. Purchase tickets here.
Copper Couture – March 9th – Chicago, IL
From their website: “Copper Roses and Absynthe presents Copper Couture, an evening of fashion and abundant frivolity. Welcome all with a penchant for the strangely creative and creatively strange – everyone with a love leaning toward Steampunk and the art it inspires. Set in a beautiful Victorian inspired salon, this event will feature art, music, loose leaf tea, and juried fashion show with prizes. All attendees are required to deck themselves their best Steampunk finery.” Follow them on Facebook.
Thingamajigy Fayre – March 16 — 17th – San Antonio, TX
We look forward to welcoming you to the first ever Steampunk Fayre in San Antonio. Featuring traders in the Bizzar Bazaar, dabbling in science, and amazing you with magicians and dancers. Come experience the wonders of a bygone age at the Thingamajigy Fayre! Follow them on Facebook.
St. Patrick’s Day Revelries at The Way Station – March 17th – Brooklyn, NY
From their Facebook: “This March 17th, grab your favorite ginger and head on down to The Way Station for a raucous St. Patrick’s Day. In lieu of green beer and tired renditions of Danny Boy, enjoy TWS’ spectacular drafts and tunes from Painless Parker, The Waysties, and Paul Ryan. The music starts at 7pm...the revelry may never end.”
Steamy visit to Castell Coch – March 17th – Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
From their Facebook: “Come join Chepstow and Area Steampunk Society for a visit to the beautiful fairytale Castell Coch. The ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges was given free rein to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of Cardiff Castle. Castell Coch (Red Castle) is the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth! Let’s dress up and show Castell Coch a right Steampunk time!”
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells Book Launch Party – March 27th – New York, NY
From their Facebook: “We couldn't pass up the chance to hold a release party for Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's new gaslamp fantasy anthology QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS at the aptly named Queen Vic pub in New York City (68 2nd Ave at 4th Street). Come down on March 27th for fabulous readings by Leanna Renee Hieber, Ellen Kushner, Veronica Schanoes, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, and editor Ellen Datlow. Queen Vic will welcome us starting at 7:00 p.m. and readings will commence at 7:30. You may contribute to the mood by attending in your favorite Victorian or steampunk/gaslamp finery—not mandatory by any means, but lovingly encouraged.” More details on their Facebook.
AnomalyCon – March 29 — 31st – Denver, CO
Denver’s best Alternate History, Science Fiction, and Steampunk convention! Guests include Gail Carriger, S. J. Chambers, David Boop, Carrie Vaughn, Jon Magnificent, Pandora Celtica, White Collar Sideshow, Chaz Kemp, Trae Dorn and many more!
Medway Festival of Steam & Transport 2013 at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham – March 31st – April 1st – Chatham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
From their website: “This year's Medway Festival of Steam & Transport not only has an exclusive TV’s drama series ‘Call The Midwife’ theme and opportunity for the full film set Experience, but the event will be bigger and better than ever for its 11th year. Joining the varied assortment of specialist vehicles that visitors have come to know and love over the past decade, will be a new indoor music arena with a folk and blues stage accompanied by hearty Kentish foods and a real ale and Kentish cider bar, in our Railway Workshop you will be visiting 'Steampunk Central' which will welcome and an array of Traders and Exhibitors bringing you the sights of the wonderful world of Steampunk following our exhibition — Whirrs, Cogs and Thingymabobs, ‘The Modelling Zone’ has a bigger undercover space for more activities, traders, displays and an Airfix Model Competition, close up Animal encounters, Shire Horse rides, Land Train rides and parades of steam and vehicles.”