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Upcoming Steampunk Conventions for 2011

1 December 2010 One Comment by

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With it’s increasing popularity steampunk has gained stronger footholds in the mainstreams of fandom around the world, allowing for more and more conventions each year dedicated entirely to this speculative fiction genre and subculture.

Here are the steampunk conventions, mini-cons and festivals happening in 2011:

AnachroCon: Southern Steampunk Symposium

  • When: February 25-27, 2011
  • Where: Atlanta, Georgia

AnachroCon is the place in the South for steampunk, alternate history, classic Sci-Fi literature, and some amazing costuming. Their venue is the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter.


  • 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). Convention will be held at the Tivoli Student Union in Denver.

The Asylum

  • When: September 10-11, 2011
  • Where: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

Europe’s largest steampunk convention. This year it is in Lincoln, England, but they will likely be moving to another U.K. town for 2012 due to Lincoln businesses hikeing their prices up just for the con.

Canadian National Steampunk Exhibition

  • When: April 29-May 1, 2011
  • Where: Toronto, Canada

Canada’s biggest steampunk convention, put on by Steampunk Canada. Held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Markham-Toronto.

A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium

  • When: January 22-23 (8:00pm – 2:00am), 2011
  • Where: Curtain Club in Dallas, Texas

The Steampunk Illumination Society is sponsoring this one day festival. It will be held inside the Curtain Club on January 22nd, 2011 at 8pm and last till about 2am on the 23rd. Tickets for this mini-con are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Emerald City Steampunk Expo

  • 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.

Gaslight Gathering

  • 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.

Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition

  • When: March 25-27, 2011
  • Where: Santa Clara, California

Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition has a Wild, Wild East theme for 2011. Their venue is the Hyatt Regency.

Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition

  • When: April 15-17, 2011
  • Where: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition is Carnivale in theme this year. Will be held at The Stone Garden Hotel.


  • When: October 14-16, 2011
  • Where: Seattle, Washington

Chrononauts, aviators, tinkerers, scientists and steampunk enthusiasts oh my! Steamcon works to top itself each year.

Steampunk World’s Fair

  • When: May 20-22, 2011
  • Where: Somerset, New Jersey

Steampunk World’s Fair is a three-day expedition into yesterday’s future. The 2011 venue is the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, New Jersey.


  • When: February 4-6, 2011
  • Where: Warwick, Rhode Island

TempleCon is a retro-futurism celebration of all of steampunk’s myriad flavors. Its organizers describe TempleCon not so much as a convention but rather as a three day festival of modern gaming and retro-futurist fandom. Their venue is the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick Hotel.


  • When: 2011 dates TBA
  • Where: Madison, Wisconson

TeslaCon is an immersion convention; they try to mimic the Victorian era as much as the modern era can.

Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention

  • 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.

World Steam Expo

  • When: May 27-30, 2011
  • Where: Dearborn, Michigan

The premier steampunk event of the Midwest. World Steam Expo is a four day convention that takes place Memorial Day Weekend.

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  • Eric Larson said:

    TeslaCon is from November 18th-20th, 2011. Madison, Wisconsin. The Sheraton hotel of Madison.