Applications now OPEN! We want you!

Looking to sell your steampunk-themed wares? Fill out the vendor application! More details about the application process can be found here.

Performers and presenters, we will have a captive audience for you! We want your musical performances, dance performances, deep-dives into steampunk topics! To take advantage of our large and unique audience, please fill out this application. For more details on the process, go here.

Want to bond with others at the steampunk festival? Want to get involved in the festival, the community, or Waltham? Sign up to be a volunteer! 

The Date Is Set!

It is our utmost pleasure to announce that our 2017 date for the Watch City Steampunk Festival is Saturday, May 13.  Check back here for details regarding NEW Volunteer and Organizational opportunities, dates for Vendor or Entertainment applications, and plot-line teasers.

Will Wallace Return!?!

Lost and Found

The following items were turned in to the official Festival tents. We are posting a generic description below; if this sounds like something you are missing, please tell us more details and we'll try to get it back to you.

  • A fancy decorated hat
  • A flat cap
  • An umbrella
  • A pair of glasses
  • A decorative bow
  • A toy fish
  • A magnifier
  • A drinking mug
  • A water bottle

Thank You!

To our Sponsors, thank you for providing us the means for putting on this great Festival.

To our Vendors, thank you for providing unique and quality products for all to enjoy.

To our Performers, thank you for all the amazing and fun-filled steampunk performances.

To our Exhibitors, thank you for your time and efforts to display your passions.

To our Volunteers, thank you for your dedication and endurance.

To our Attendees, thank you for your patronage!  We hope to see you again next year!

To everyone who made this possible, from the depths of our hearts, from the core of soul, thank you for helping make this a truly awesome experience.

GREAT ways to get to the Festival!

If you're coming to the Watch City Steampunk Festival from outside Watch City, there are excellent travel options that don't require driving!

CLICK HERE for MBTA options, both bus and Commuter Rail. The Commuter Rail is a FANTASTIC option because it stops right on the Festival Grounds at Carter and Moody Street!

And... We have our own shuttle service from the Alewife terminus of the subway Red Line! CLICK HERE and scroll down on the page to learn about it and view the schedule.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Help Keep the Festival FREE!

Tickets are NOW available on-line for the

Escapement Lounge Fundraiser Soiree

We're throwing an amazing party where everyone is encouraged to free themselves in a “chaotic world of motion”. The evening's entertainment will include a musical performance by Platform One!  And proceeds go to benefit the 2016 Watch City Steampunk Festival and the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. 

This is an 18+ event
Tickets are $15 to enter or $25  enter and to drink at our Wine, Beer, and Cider Bar ( 21+ ID required ) .
Don’t drink? Not old enough? NO PROBLEM! Water and soft drinks are free for all! 


Wait-lists for Vendors and Performers are Now Available

Thank you to the multitude of applications provided for vending and performing!  Everyone should be notified of their application status by February 15.  Accepted entities will be showcased here on our website in the coming weeks.

For those still interested, we are accepting applications for our wait-lists for performers and vendors.


Do you want to perform?  Do you want to give a lecture?  Do you want to vend?  Don't wait to signup: do it today!  Application links are live on the site, so feel free to check them out.  Also coming soon: applications for volunteering!  Check back in a few weeks for more details or catch us at Arisia!  We're still working out the details of our Arisia presence, but we will be in attendance at the very least.

Save the date!

It's official: The 2016 Watch City Steampunk Festival will be Saturday, May 7, 2016 (Rain Date May 8th, so keep that open on your calendar, too!). As with past years, the Festival will be centered on Waltham Common but with a footprint that extends down some of Watch City's surrounding streets to make for a bona fide Watch City Festival! - We the organizers (very much the same core team as 2015) are very much looking forward to putting on a great Festival with you all again in 2016!