July 2012 Steampunk Events Round-up

This coming month, steampunks are getting out their parasols and showing some ankle! Whether it is a picnic in the park or an extravaganza in connection to the annual geek pilgrimage known as San Diego Comic Con, we have the hottest upcoming and ongoing events listing for all of your gears-and-goggle needs.

Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and guest contributor Jordan Bodewell, the steampunk music & gaming maestro behind Sepiachord.com and VictorianAdventureEnthusiast.com, are helping me round-up fun and intriguing events from around the world.

We’re constantly looking for new events to spotlight, so if you want to see yours here on Tor, email me at [email protected] with the details before Sunday, July 15th. And, as always, drop a shout-out in the comments if we had missed anything.

More events after the jump!


The Airship Ambassador recommends:

 Salt City Steam Fest – July 27 to 28, 2012 –  Salt Lake City, UT

From their website: “Coming to a Salt Lake City near you, the first ever annual Salt City Steam Fest to be held at the Red Lion Hotel July 28th, 2012! Join local Steampunkians as we gather to learn the basics of Steampunk, how to create your own goggles, an afternoon tea, and even how to waltz! Top it all off by an evening of excitement at the formal where captains and pirates, dames and darlings put aside their weapons to dance the night away.” Also check out more details on their Facebook.

Thunder and Steam, a Steampunk Exhibit  – July 2 to 30, 2012 – Woonsocket, RI
At the Stage Right Studio, join us for Thunder & Steam: A Steampunk Art Exhibit. The opening reception is Friday, July 6 from 6 – 9pm. Other special events within the exhibit include the Broken Silences signing and reading with author/illustrator Jason Robert LeClair on Friday, July 27 from 6 – 9pm. Also signing that evening will be writer/creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor, Everett Soares.
Chepstow Steampunk Society Picnic – July 29, 2012 – Dewstow Hidden Gardens & Grottoes, Caldicot, Wales, United Kingdom

Meet some friendly steampunks from the River Wye on July 29th for a picnic in the scenic Dewstow Hidden Gardens, known for their Edwardian Underground Gardens, which were built in 1893. More information on the picnic can be found through contacting the Chepstow Society at their website.


About our guest contributor: Mr. Bodewell is editor/curator of Sepiachord.com and VictorianAdventureEnthusiast.com. He’s been DJing since the 80s (yikes!), has put on shows in the Midwest and the Seattle area, and has lectured on the pop culture and assorted musical genres (punk, ska, rockabilly) at Universities and conventions. In his free time he raises his son watches antique episodes of Doctor Who and explores the weird(er) parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Bodewell recommends:

My first event is actually two events…. 

Abney Park & Vagabond Opera – July 6, 2012 – Portland, OR
Why Mr. Bodewell recommends this: “Abney Park continues to capture the imaginations of steampunks across the globe and July 2012 offers a rare opportunity for fans of the band: a chance to see them perform two FULL shows two days in a row… provided you’re willing to drive a little bit. Both of these Airship Award winning acts will be turning in great performances during this all ages event at Portland’s historic Wonder Ballroom.

Then the next night…

Abney Park at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention – July 7, 2012 – Belllingham WA 
Abney Park headlines another all-ages show, this time after there’s a bunch of other fun steampunky stuff going down in Bellingham from 1-5pm. The show also features musical openers Katrina Cooper and Adrian H and the Wounds.”

The SteamWërk Ball – July 7, 2012 – Lancaster, PA

Why Mr. Bodewell recommends this: “But if you’re on the other coast of the U.S. on July 7th you should head out to Lancaster PA for the Fourth Annual SteamWërk Ball! This year featuring the amazingly talented This Way to the Egress, Troupe SYN and DJs KiltBoy & Dave Ghoul.”

The 2012 Steampunk @ Comic Con Party/League of Temporal Adventurers Society Gala – July 13, 2012 – San Diego, CA
Why Mr. Bodewell recommends this: “There’s another show in July I only wish I could attend, this time in San Diego, featuring The Unextraordinary Gentlemen, Eliza Rickman and DJ Prof J.S. Greyshade.  Having had a chance to see both The Unextraordinary Gentlemen and the stunning Miss Eliza Rickman perform in the past, I can attest that this will be a grand show. Also, I’ve been lucky enough to work the producers of this event in the past and can tell you that they are some of the nicest people in the world. To top it off the Gala is held at the San Diego Automotive Museum!”

Finally, a brief thought from Mr. Bodewell: “I love big steampunk events, they’re a blast and everybody has a good time. But I feel that to really build a long lasting steampunk community we need more small, local things like the weekly Steamvents meet up here in Seattle or the casual events at Davenport & Winkleperry’s in Pittboro, NC. So build beautiful, build local and continue to make it yours!”


Other events around the world:

A Steampunk Reliquary: A Cabinet of Curiosities: The Jewelry of Ann Pedro – Now until August 26, 2012 – The Mill Museum, Willimantic, CT

View the creative mechanics of artist Ann Pedro in this collection, open from now through August.



Steampunk: The Exhibit – Now until September 30, 2012 – San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego, CA.

From their website: “The Museum has collaborated with local artists, Starburner Galactic Courier Service, to interpret this growing art form through automotive design and technology. Several vehicles built in Steampunk style will be on exhibit including a few of the Museum’s own vehicles modified in the Steampunk genre by our local makers. In addition, numerous art objects will be on view from clothing and everyday functional pieces, to graphic art and the music of the genre. The artists come from San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.”

Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings Performance & Kate Locke Book release – July 13, 2012 –  The Way Station, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY

From their website: “The music of Eli August is akin to the waters of a great river. It’s always moving and pushing forward, whether through percussive guitar and banjo, or the urgency of delicately crafted lyrics; the music never looks back. Eli is backed by an ever-changing East Coast collective called The Abandoned Buildings, who bring rich and earthy orchestrations to the settings imagined in August’s songwriting, from the deep undulations of the ocean, to the quiet mystery of the forest and the openness of the dry and dusty road. Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings will have you tapping your foot, singing along and reminiscing of your own long ago journeys. The night will also feature a reading from Kate Locke’s brand new book, God Save The Queen!”

Seattle Steamrats – Summer picnic – July 29, 2012, 3 PM – Gasworks Park, Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Malka Lopez hosts a picnic for local and traveling steampunks. Dress up in your summer’s finest and join us for a Steampunk Summer Picnic Gasworks Park. Please bring your own basket full of goodies, blankets, crocket and badminton sets for an exquisite afternoon in the sun! 

Ay-leen the Peacemaker has a brand-new parasol itching for some sunlight. When she is not frolicking in parks, she is the editor behind Beyond Victoriana, the multicultural steampunk blog and does academic things. You can also find her on Twitter.

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