The hottest time of the summer is here, but you can stay cool at these fan- & propeller-friendly events. Attend a kinetic carnival in California or the Steampunk Experience in the UK. Stroll through retro-fitted small towns or party like its 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at the Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis in Atlanta, GA. All of these events and more are selected with the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor author Tee Morris.
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All descriptions are taken from the event’s website or Facebook page unless stated otherwise.
The Airship Ambassador Recommends:
Willits Kinetic Carnivale
August 9-10—Willits, CA.
This highly-anticipated kinetic and steampunk festival returns with many fan favorites including the popular kinetic handcar races; the Whimsy Circus for children; the Mustache and Beard competition; and the evening spectacular known as the Grand Ball.
Steampunk Experience at Alt-Fest
August 15-17—Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.
The Steampunk Experience at Alt-Fest is essentially a micro festival/attraction in its own right. This will be one of the largest outdoor steampunk themed events in the UK showcasing the finest selection of steampunk acts and bands. In addition to this there will be a games area and fair rides outside, and a separate market/workshop plus performance stage area inside—and of course a full featured bar selling only the finest Victorian style beverages.
August 23—Toronto, Ontario
Don’t miss Suburban Steam, a retro-futuristic community festival celebrating all things Steampunk! Tour through an outdoor arcade of Steampunk vendors and demonstrations; enjoy hourly performances at center stage; learn about Victorian styles and technological advances. Hands-on activities for all ages.
Tee Morris Recommends:
Salt City Steamfest
August 1-2 —Salt Lake City, UT
Why? Featuring such steampunk personalities as Steampunk Boba Fett (John Strangeway), Lady Clankington (Sara Hunter) and Kato, Salt City Steamfest promises to be a special weekend, full of great performances ranging from the music of Katya Murafa and Bards & Nobles to a total immersion storyline where you bring your steampunk to life.
Steampunk Festival Coldwater
August 8-10 —Coldwater, Ontario, Canada
Why? It’s fun for the entire family, steampunk style. A historic Victorian village slips on steampunk technology and fashion for the fourth annual Steampunk Festival, hosting fifty vendors, horse drawn wagon rides, weapon exhibitions, costume contests, and mad scientists galore. Along with photo opportunities and creative maker activities for kids, the weekend ends with a “Sunday Steampunk Social” aboard the S.S. Keewatin.
Dragon*Con Alternate History Track
August 29–September 1—Atlanta, GA
Why? Organized by Doctor Q of The Artifice Club, Dragon* Con’s Alternate History Track refuses to lose itself in the mayhem that is Dragon*Con. Featuring such steampunk icons as James Blaylock, Cherie Priest, Thomas Willeford, Sarah Hunter, and Diana Pho along with talented musicians and makers, the Alternate History Track never disappoints. In the past their special events included a sneak preview of Bruce Boxleightner’s Lantern City and a special reunion of Malcolm McDowell and David Warner from Time After Time. This year promises even more amazing surprises.
Additional Events from Around the World:
The Queen’s House presents the Steampunk Summer Fete
August 3—London, England, United Kingdom
On 3 August, the promise of immense wealth, fame and success will bring the world’s finest minds together in a bid to solve the mystery of longitude. To celebrate, the Queen has invited the most promising inventors to present their solutions at her summer residence in Greenwich. There, the many marvelous methodologies, devices, and contraptions competing to win the Longitude Prize will be showcased.
Guests are invited to this participatory and interactive experience, beginning with a celebratory waltz in the Great Hall, before guided tours and presentations commence. Live music will be played on the lawns, where refreshments will be available.
Big River Steampunk Festival
August 30-31—Hannibal, Missouri
Step back in time as you stroll past the 19th century buildings on Main Street, visit the magnificent Victorian mansions on Millionaires’ Row, cruise the Mississippi aboard the riverboat Mark Twain, and savor the vista from high above the river in a hot air balloon! This event has fun for all ages and is open to everyone—whether you’re just curious to see what Steampunk is all about or you’re a seasoned Steampunker decked out in your most elaborate costume, there’s something for everyone!
Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis
August 31 at 8:30pm —Atlanta, GA
It’s Enchantment 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea! The Artifice Club’s annual bash continues within the Dragon Con Alternate History Track, this year with a nautical theme. Featuring DJs Doctor Q, Emmett Davenport & Lady Nikolai Attercop of The Clockwork Cabaret as well as live music by The Nathaniel Johnstone Band with other special guests. Best of all, event admission is free with your Dragon Con membership. 2 floors of party (main floor and balcony) and non-stop entertainment. Masks encouraged, but not required.
Ay-leen the Peacemaker (or in other speculative lights, Diana M. Pho) works at Tor Books, runs the multicultural steampunk blog Beyond Victoriana, pens academic things, and tweets. Oh wait, she has a tumblr too.
Tee Morris has been writing for over a decade from science fiction to fantasy to horror. His first novel, MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana, was a nominee for the 2003 EPPIE for Best Fantasy, but in 2005 the book became the first novel to be podcast in its entirety, ushering in a new age for authors—podcasting. In 2011, Tee entered the steampunk genre with Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, written with his wife, Pip Ballantine. The title went on to win the Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature and become a finalist for Goodreads’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction of 2011. 2012 saw the release of the sequel, The Janus Affair, also a finalist for Goodreads’ Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction of 2012. While celebrating their 2014 release of Dawn’s Early Light from Ace Books, Tee and Pip continue producing Tales from the Archives, an award-winning podcast anthology featuring short stories set in their steampunk universe. Also later this summer comes the FATE-Core RPG The Ministry Initiative from Galileo Games.