The Basics on the 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival!

The 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival will take place on Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm! Join dozens and dozens of exceptional craft vendors, dozens and dozens of talented performers of all kinds, delicious food and drink, and more for a day of steampunk revelry like no other!

The Watch City Steampunk Festival, centered on Waltham Common, is the largest outdoor steampunk festival in America, and it's FREE! Come immerse yourself for a day in the extraordinary, time-shifting, mind-expanding culture and aesthetic of neo-Victorian fashion crossed with retro-futuristic technology. 

See you in Downtown Waltham on Saturday, May 13, 2017!

We've still got some 2016 WCSF Tees left!

Hello, all! So did you attend the 2016 Festival? Did you get one of our colorful commemorative tee shirts?

NO?? Well, here's your chance to change that! We've got a very limited number of tees remaining that we're offering for sale through the web at just $15, shipping included (US only)!

Now, sizes are limited, so here's how we're working this: First come, first served, email us at with your color (Blue or Burgundy) and size request (SM, M, LG, XL, 2XL). We will check our inventory, pull available tees, confirm your order in a couple of days, and send you instructions on how to make payment.

Remember that supplies are LIMITED, so don't wait!

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.