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Steampunk Events for May 2011

15 April 2011 2 Comments by

May is a big month for steampunk flavored events. There are a few major steampunk conventions, as well as a handful of others. Here’s a quick look at next month’s steamy goings on:

Canadian National Steampunk Exhibition

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

Okay, so just the LAST DAY of the event is in May, but the world won’t be devoured by mechasteam caterpillars if I include the entire event on this list. Will it? It will? Quickly, to the time machine!

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

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. Lots of great events planned for this con, including a Mother’s Day Tea & Fashion Show, Time Traveler’s Masked Ball, and a massive concert.

International Steampunk City

  • When: May 6-8, 2011
  • Where: Waltham, Massachusetts

Steampunk convention held by the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation and self-described as, “…a sort of Ringling Brothers meets the Industrial Revolution event that encompasses the entire downtown.” My notes show that this one is new for 2011, but didn’t get announced soon enough for inclusion on our New Steampunk Conventions For 2011 post.

Maker Faire

  • When: May 21-22, 2011
  • Where: San Mateo, California

Maker Faire is the world’s largest DIY festival. It has a strong steampunk spirit and it looms large on the calendar for the builders in the Bay Area’s steampunk communities. So I include it here, even though it’s neither a convention nor strictly steampunk.

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: May 27-29, 2011
  • Where: Madison, Wisconsin

This is a tri-fandom convention divided among steampunk, anime, and furry. An interesting combination, but it makes an almost disturbing kind of sense the more you cruise DeviantArt.

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.


  • Nichola Anderson said:

    When: May 27-29, 2011
    Where: Columbus, Ohio
    This sci-fi liteary is doing having a steampunk theme this year as well.


  • Barbara McFarland said:

    We would like to welcome all Steampunk lovers to the PA Renaissance Faire!! We are open every weekend through the end of October. (www.parenfaire.com) We have seen a lot of Steampunk this year and we are excited to see the movement!! If anyone has pictures they would like to share – I’m looking to run a Facebook ad and did not get any good photos to use. Send to barbara@parenfaire.com Thanks MUCH!!!