New Steampunk Conventions For 2011
With its increasing popularity, steampunk has gained stronger footholds in the mainstreams of fandom around the world, allowing for more and more conventions dedicated entirely to this speculative fiction genreand subculture. The year 2010 saw at least two new steampunk conventions opening their doors: SteamWrights in Bremerton, Washington, and Convencion Steampunk BCN in Barcelona, Spain.
2011 will be doubling that number with four entirely new steampunk conventions opening their doors for the first time:
- When: March 26-27, 2011
- Where: Denver, Colorado
The first of it’s kind in the Rockies; AnomalyCon is a steampunk convention with some stray sci-fi tendencies (like modern mad science). The convention will be held at the Tivoli Student Union in Denver.
- When: November 12-14, 2011
- Where: Wichita, Kansas
Emerald City is the first steampunk convention in Kansas and they’ll be celebrating with a one-day steampunk festival towards the end of 2010 as a lead-up to the main event in November of 2011. Their venue will be The Grand Eagle.
- When: May 6-8, 2011
- Where: San Diego, California
Gaslight Gathering is Southern California’s first convention dedicated entirely to steampunk (and the second ever in California). Gaslight will be held at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego.
- When: March 4-6, 2011
- Where: Tucson, Arizona
Wild Wild West Con is Arizona’s first steampunk convention and a re-invention of the hotel-based convention; the core of the event takes place in Old Tucson Studios, a movie studio and amusement park built in 1939. For one weekend only, Old Tucson Studios is transmogrifying into the town of Rusted Gear.