Guest Post by Chriss Cornish of the moreVikings book blog
There are quite a few conventions out there specifically for fans of steampunk to cavort with other lovers of this great retro-futurist speculative fiction genre and sub-culture. Here’s a quick list:
American Steampunk Conventions
- When: February 25-27, 2011
- Where: Atlanta, Georgia
AnachroCon is the place in the South for Steampunk, History, Alternate History, Sciences, Music, Classic Sci-Fi Literature and the most amazing costuming you’ve ever seen!
- When: November 12-14, 2011
- Where: Wichita, Kansas
Join us at the Hyatt Downtown Grand Eagle for the Emerald City Steampunk Expo.
- When: May 6-8, 2011
- Where: San Diego, California
Gaslight Gathering is Southern California’s first convention dedicated to Steampunk and Victoriana. Captain Kinvarra Devonshire welcomes you to our Steampunk Gathering!
- When: March 25-27, 2011
- Where: Santa Clara, California
Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition: WILD, WILD EAST! 3 days and 2 nights celebrating alternate history in the Near, Middle and Far East…
- When: April 15-17, 2011
- Where: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Step right up and welcome to the Carnivale! Immerse yourself in a world of splendor and delight, where things might be similar, but no two things are alike…
- When: November 19-21, 2010
- Where: Seattle, Washington
Greetings chrononauts, aviators, tinkerers, scientists and steampunk enthusiasts! We at Steamcon Central are toiling tirelessly to bring you an even more spectacular convention than our last.
- When: May 20-22, 2011
- Where: Piscataway, New Jersey
A three-day expedition into yesterday’s future!
- When: February 4-6, 2011
- Where: Warwick, Rhode Island
TempleCon is a celebration all things with a retro-futurist theme, right next door to one of the coolest cities in the world, Providence, Rhode Island. While we suppose you could call TempleCon a convention, as many are quick to do, it’s a bit more than that. It’s really a three day festival of modern hobby gaming and retro-futurist fandom, including events, performances and activities from all the genres out there that you can think of, and probably some that you can’t.
- When: November 5-7, 2010
- Where: Madison, Wisconson
TeslaCon is an immersion convention – a place where fans express themselves in an environment that’s as close to Victorian as we can make it in the 21st century.
- When: March 4-6, 2011
- Where: Tucson, Arizona
Wild Wild West Con is Arizona’s first and only steampunk convention and festival. This is a revolutionary re-invention of the standard hotel-based convention. The core of our event is within Old Tucson Studios, a famous movie studio and amusement park built in 1939. For this weekend only, Old Tucson is transforming into the town of Rusted Gear.
- When: May 27-30, 2011
- Where: Dearborn, Michigan
The Premier Steampunk event of the Midwest welcomes you one and all for an event the likes the world has yet to witness. Join us for 4 days of wonder, amazement and splendor as we cater you to an event 120 years in the making. From special guests, unique programming, concerts, contests and more. Memorial Day Weekend, 2010 in Dearborn, Michigan. In conjunction with the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. We look forward to meeting you, and your expectations.
Canadian Steampunk Conventions
I could only locate information for one steampunk convention in Canada.
- When: April 29-May 1, 2011
- Where: Toronto, Canada
Join us to help Steampunk Canada celebrate nothing but the very finest in Steampunk Culture, Music, Performance and Craft!
European Steampunk Conventions
Here are a handful of steampunk conventions in Europe.
- When: November 13-14, 2010
- Where: Barcelona, Spain
Spain’s newest steampunk convention.
- When: September 10-11, 2011
- Where: Britain
The biggest steampunk festival in Europe!