Steampunk Events for September 2012

This month, school starts and steampunks come out to play. Downtown Atlanta becomes a retronauts’ paradise, a museum doubles as a premiere concert venue in Texas, and convention-hopping becomes all the rage throughout Europe. Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor, Michael (aka “The Mad Hatter”) of The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review join me to give us some steampunk shenanigans to kick off the autumn season.

Plugging additional events in our comments is welcomed. And, as always, if you want to see your event advertised here, just drop me a line at [email protected] by September 17th to be included for October.


The Airship Ambassador recommends:

Asylum – Sept 6-9th, 2012 – Lincoln, England, UK

From their website: “Weekend at the Asylum is now entering its fourth year. As one of the biggest steampunk events in the world, it benefits from the backdrop of the beautiful and historic City of Lincoln, which has welcomed us since 2009. The event attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy a full convention-style day programme and steampunk market with a fringe-style evening programme of live theatre, music and comedy.”


ESC – European Steampunk Convention – Sept 29-30th, 2012 – Various European locations, see website

Easily enough the most ambitious steampunk convention of 2012, ESC propose to get as many steampunk-themed pub moots, concerts, meetings, LARPs and whatever else the scene has to offer in each participating country. Then they’ll connect them all via the ætherweb and turn them into one major event spreading across Europe. Visit their Facebook page.


About our guest contributor: Michael (aka The Mad Hatter) runs The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review where he shares his views on genre books with a predilection for steampunk. He can also be found nattering on Twitter or in search of the perfect piece of bacon. He is currently working on two anthology projects and is hoping to find them good publishing homes soon.

Michael recommends:

Cirque Du Risque’s Steampunk Ball – September 15th, 2012 – Tampa, FL

Why Michael recommends this: “This ball looks to be the sexy side of steampunk, mixing fashion with burlesque and a touch of the circus. There are also contests for the best mustache and most innovative hat, the latter of which is a contest I’d definitely try to place in.”




Photo Credit: Erin Keck.Steampunk Art Exhibit by Erin Keck – August 29th to October 13th, 2012 – PCCA Gallery in Newport, PA

Meet the artist Erin Keck on Friday, September 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Why Michael recommends this: “One of my favorite aspects of steampunk is the intricacy that is involved in the art, and the work that Keck creates is gorgeous in its detail.” Images of the artist’s work can be found here and here.


Sky Commodore’s Autumn Masquerade Ball – September 15th, 2012, 8PM – Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX

Why Michael recommends this: “This is more a family affair and given that it is at a flight museum it should be quite a venue. The Steam Powered Giraffe performance alone should be enough to lure most of you in. If you haven’t checked them out, do so, as they have loads of YouTube videos. Mask wearing is highly encouraged.” Visit the Facebook page.


Other events around the world:

Dragon*Con Alternative History Track Special Events:

The Aether Lounge – Thursday, August 30, 8:30 PM – The Atlanta Ballroom in the Westin Peachtree Plaza

From their website: Join the crew of the Alternate History [DragonCon] track for a casual mixer & meet-and-greet with the track regulars. Featuring Emmett Davenport, DJ Doctor Q & cohorts.”

The Gadgeteer’s Showcase – Saturday, Sept 1st, 4:00 PM – Westin, Atlanta CDEF Ballroom

From their website: “A high-profile showcase event highlighting the best in
steampunk gadgets and gear crafted by non-professional enthusiasts, costumers and builders.”

The Mechanical Masquerade – Sunday, Sept 2nd at 8:30 PM – The Peachtree Ballroom at the Westin

From their website: “The Artifice Club moves its 3rd annual celebration to Dragon*Con. As our Club is now at the wheel of the Alternate History Fan Track at the world’s largest fan-run convention, we thought it fitting to share our annual party with the world! Featuring live performances by Megan Jean & the KFB, The Aeronauts, and spinning tunes by DJs Emmett Davenport of the Clockwork Cabaret & DJ Doctor Q of the Artifice Club.”


Steampunk Invasion of Salem III – Sept 8, 2012 – Salem, MA

For their third year running, join your local steampunks at the historical city of Salem for a day of wandering, socializing, and possible pirate fights and witch-spotting. This year’s vending and primary event location will be at The Vault, 217 Essex St, Salem, and goes from 12 PM – 6 PM.


The Alembic at the Chicago Fringe Fest at the Dream Theater – Aug 31st to Sept 9th , 2012 – Chicago, IL

The clockwork of fate is a tricky matter. In this steampunk musical tale, an alchemist undertakes the work of transmutation. A Goddess responds to his call. Within the realm of humanity, she forgets that she is a Goddess and will pay the ultimate price for her innocence. Watch their YouTube trailer above.


Steampunk mixer at Comic Con Montreal – Sept 15th 2012 – Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Meet your fellow steampunks at Montreal Comic Con in the suave Sarah B Absinthe Bar. Check out their Facebook page (linked above) for details.




New York Nineteenth Century Society Fall Soiree & Benefit Concert – Sept 21, 2012, 8 PM – New York, NY

From their Facebook page: “Join a fabulous crowd dressed in their finest Nineteenth Century, Steampunk, Edwardian, Victorian, Civil War, Unusual, and Unique outfits and join NYC’s history-loving community for a rollicking great time for a great cause! (Period-inspired costume strongly encouraged, but not required). Featuring the musical talents of Eden and John’s East River String Band, Psyche Corporation, and Painless Parker. Your $10 ticket will provide funds to support the NYNCS’s famous free, educational programs and historically-oriented events in the coming year. Check out some of our past events at”


Image provided by the Pilgrim Memorial State Park4th Annual New England Steampunk Picnic – Sept 22nd, 2012 12:30 PM – 6 PM – Plymouth MA

From their Facebook page: “Come join us for our Fourth on 22 September! We’ll have the endless kettle going, tea cups at the ready and a few items to share! We will be just north of the Rock Pavilion, between the Mayflower II and that overblown shelter of what remains of Plymouth Rock after the Smithsonian and tourists with hammers had their way.”


Bohemian Carnivale with Frenchy and the Punk and Hellblinki – Sept 22nd, 2012, 8PM – Kingston, NY

From their Facebook page: “2nd Annual Bohemian Carnivale! In the heart of uptown Kingston, NY in the Hudson Valley in the historic theatre building on Wall Street! An evening of steampunk! Cabaret! Pixie Pirate Folk Punk! Dress for the occasion or come as you are.”


Marquis of Vaudeville’s Euphonic Soiree – Sept 22nd, 2012, 9 PM – Dallas, TX

From their Facebook page: “An extravagant engagement to celebrate the eagerly anticipated unveiling of Marquis of Vaudeville’s debut album: The Great Promenade of Fools & Ghosts. Part carnival and cabaret, part exhibition and escape, dress to the nines in your Victorian finest and join the weird dreamers of The Wild Lost as we listen to the musical wonders from within The Great Promenade.”


Victorian Picnic at the Mountain View Cemetery – Sept 23rd, 2012, 12:30 PM – Fresno, CA

From their Facebook page: “Yep, we’re talking about a cemetery picnic. It’s not as morbid as it sounds. In fact, graveyard noshing was quite popular during the Victorian era. During the early heyday of the rural-cemetery movement, around 1830 to 1850 — when the concept of locating cemeteries in natural, scenic settings on the outskirts of town, rather than in the city center, became popular — families were encouraged to spend Sunday afternoons at the necropolis, either dining with their dead or simply picnicking on their prepaid plots.”


Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings Together with Hellblinki at Ward Eight – Sept 23rd, 8 PM – Lowell, MA

From their Facebook page: “Steam in the City is rroud to announce its first event: Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings along with Hellblinki at Lowell’s finest speakeasy, Ward Eight. This will be a 21+ event.”

Ay-leen the Peacemaker does not spend her time partying as much as she likes to talk about them. Honest. She also runs the multicultural blog Beyond Victoriana, writes academic things, and tweets.


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