As the days grow colder, we’re looking for more reasons to eat, drink, and be merry—with some historical subversiveness thrown in for good fun. Stop in for a dance (or a bite) at the historically-inclined vampire balls on All Hallow’s Day. Attend steampunk conventions in San Antonio, TX, Wichita, Kansas, or Lafayette, Louisiana. Gab with authors at Clockwork Couture’s book signing or party on the Prime Meridian at the Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum. These events and more are the gems that Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and I had pulled out from the brassy bits of the internetz to add to your social calendar.
Did we miss out of your event? Plug it in the comments below! Looking to be featured here next month? Email [email protected] with the details by November 15th.
All descriptions taken from the event’s website or Facebook page unless otherwise specified.
The Airship Ambassador Recommends:
Emerald City Steampunk Expo
Nov 21- 23—Wichita, KS, USA
Emerald City Steampunk Expo is a three-day celebration of steampunk culture. Enjoy three days of concerts, gaming, demonstrations, comedy, oddities, cosplay, LARPing, stage shows and more. The Expo takes place November 21-23, 2014, at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita, Kansas.
The Steampunk and Maker’s Fair
Nov 15—Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
The Steampunk & Makers Fair is an all-ages festival by Cité des Arts & Lafayette Science Museum, showcasing & celebrating Science, Technology, Education, Art and Mathematics.
Nov 21-23—San Antonio, Texas, USA
AetherFest is Texas’ premier Retro-Futurist convention, put together by fans for fans. Expect informative and fun panels, interactive workshops, fantastic guests of honor and local participants, diverse musicians and dances, and, of course, the decadent shindigs. We cover everything from literature to film and every possible form of Retro-Futurist media, so join us and your fellow Retro-Fans at AetherFest!
Additional Events Around the World:
The Dark Design at Winter Garden, Floral Hall & Gold Room
Nov 1—Eastbourne, ESX, United Kingdom
Well in a huge nutshell, The Dark design is a semi linear Steampunk Rock Opera, part musical, part concept album, part theatre, part secret society, and part party. Tickets £9.99. 18+
Cincinnati Steampunk Salon
Nov 1—Cincinnati, OH, USA
The November Salon will still be on the first Saturday! We shall, however, be on the second floor in Molly’s lovely parlor.
Le Bal des Vampires at Alameda Elks Lodge #1015
Nov 1—Alameda, California, USA
Waltz the night away in a beautiful candlelit ballroom with the San Francisco Bay Area’s most glamorous Undead at the 21th Annual Le Bal des Vampires on Saturday, November 1. This year’s venue is once again the beautiful Edwardian Alameda Elks Lodge, and there will once again be two separate dance floors: The elegant upstairs ballroom for beautiful waltzes and other Victorian and vintage ballroom dance music by the early music ensemble Bangers and Mash; and the Nightfall Club, located in the Lodge’s atmospheric Ratskellar, and hosted by DJs Dark Moon and Persephone, playing dance music of a more modern nature for free-style dancing.
The event features two no-host bars for our mortal guests (and light snacks in the Nightfall Club), an elegant Edwardian parlour for conversation and photo-op, and a half-time performance of “Sherlock Holmes and the Vampire Hunter” by the Theater of the Vampires. For information call (510) 522-1731 or see the ball website.
The Museum of Interesting Things—Prohibition on Halloween
Nov 2 at 6 PM—New York, NY, USA
The Museum of Interesting Things has a Prohibition themed evening featuring original rare 16mm vintage short films from the 30’s 40’s, 50’s and 60’s of circus and vaudeville and much more. Also early 1900’s and some 1800’s antiques, Stereviews and Mutoscope cards a sealed bottle of 1919 whiskey and a real moonshine still from 1922. There will be nurses there handing out prohibition prescriptions for those ill and in need of liquor. Tickets available here.
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings Autumn Jaunt
Nov 5—12—throughout US
We are coming to a town near… some of you. Please share with your friends and we hope to see you out on the road for this week of shows!
Nov 7—9—Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Come board the USS Extravaganza for a trip to Gaslight Fantasia and journey into a steampunk/victorian/gothic world that is full of mystery and intrigue. Come out Friday and Saturday for panels, specials guests, music and more. The event will run from 7 pm Friday night, all day Saturday and into the night ending at midnight Saturday.
Steamin’ up the Union
Nov 8—Las Alamos, CA, USA
Remember, remember the 8th of November. North Star Steam presents our third annual Steampunk Extravaganza, “Steamin’ up the Union”. If you plan on getting a room at the hotel, please call them directly (805-344-2744), and be sure to let them know you’re attending North Star Steam’s Steampunk event.
Nov 8-9—Venus, TX, USA
Gears up and goggles on, people. Come and experience the Steampunk festival of the year. Live entertainment, libations, games, music, and more, at DFW’s longest running Steampunk Festival.
Don’t miss our pre-party concert Friday night at 7:30 pm. Admission to this concert is included with the purchase of a ticket to Saturday’s event.
The Black Abbey at the Lovecraft Bar
Nov 9—10—New York, NY, USA
Endless Night Vampire Ball and the Sabretooth Clan host a night of VAMPYRE, steampunk, esoterica, ritual and magick. Hosted by the Sabretooth Clan of Gotham Halo, please feel free to invite like minded parties and amazing people who would enjoy the night.
Black Holographic Memory Movie Night at Impact Hub Philly
Nov 13, 5pm—8pm—Philadelphia, PA, USA
Join us for an evening of Afrofuturist, Black Scifi, and Horror films. Featuring Habesha Undefined by Selam Bekele; A Dangerous Cure by Kevin Jarvis; Last Man Standing by Stan West; NOISEGATE by Donovan Vim Crony; Walk With Me by Art Punch Studio, plus other shorts.
Clocking Off Late at the National Maritime Museum
Nov 13—Greenwich, United Kingdom
When British society was promised something new, they looked to an Indian visionary for help. Chan Ranbir, a Kinetic Engineer at the Calcutta University, had dreams of creating a Clockwork World, which he subsequently shared through Board of Trade, and the East India Company. The pursuit of this dream undermined his very own family values, and eventually led to a catastrophic breakdown of civil order around the world.
The Tinku Diaries is part of an interactive experience called Clockwork Watch. It is a ‘make-believe’ 5-year real-time narrative told through graphic novel, performance, online, and film. This is a chance to get a first-hand account of the Clockwork Watch world from Tinku Ranbir, mother to the ever-questioning Janav, and wife to the stoic Chan.
Sun City Steam Fest
Nov 14—15—El Paso, TX, USA
Come and see at the first annual Sun City Steam Fest November 14th and 15th, 2014. All Steampunks, enthusiasts, and fans are welcome to see the Victorian/Science Fiction Sub Culture. Daytime events on Friday and Saturday will take place at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center 108 E. San Antonio Downtown starting at 2pm-8pm. Witness Steampunk characters, entertainers, with fun events for all ages and there will be evening events on Friday, November 14th at the Rock House (BYOB 400 W. Overland) with live music and on Saturday, November 15th we are invading Tricky Falls (209 S. El Paso St.) Sponsored by The Clockwork Rebellion, Coyote’s Fortune and presented by Ghosts915. Steampunk is in El Paso and this Victorian/Science Fiction Fantasy Sub Culture has finally come to light…and steam.
Clockwork Couture Presents: A Steampunk Extravaganza of Comics and Literature
Nov 15—Burbank, CA, USA
Come Join Us on Nov. 15, 2014 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and meet: Dru Pagliassoti—The Clockwork Heart Series; Elizabeth Watasin—The Dark Victorian Series and Charm School Graphic Novels; Jaymee Goh -Steampunk World; Madeleine Holly-Rosing—Boston Metaphysical Society Comic and Novellas, and Patrick Scullin with his debut family-friendly Steampunk Graphic Novel, Pandamonium. Refreshments will be served. Steampunk attire always welcome. Street Parking Available.Address: 707 South Main Street, Burbank, CA 91506 (Between Alameda and Verdugo)
Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret III
Nov 22—Dayton, OH
The third Yellow Cabaret will be a mix of acts from the first two plus some new surprises! Bands: Ford Theatre Reunion, Curse of Cassandra, The Rough Customers. Circus / Sideshow: Blue Moon Circus, Tinderbox Circus . 21+ Up. Alcohol available: Local craft beers, wine, mixed drinks. Advance tickets tickets available for $10 (plus $1.50 fee) $15 at the door!
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.