Watch City Steampunk Festival

Centered on Waltham’s beautiful Common at the corner of Main and Moody Streets, the Watch City Steampunk Festival is the great outdoor festival of the Steampunk genre—a cultural and social movement melding elements of Victorian-era history and fashion with retro-futuristic technology.

Watch City 2015 will featuring a broad array of theatrical and musical performers as well as clothing, jewelry, art, and food vendors. The Festival is will also include kids programming, making this most definitely a family friendly event, as well.


So much has happened since our last blog post. We may have been quite here, but that's about the only place we could say that. Today we announced the full list of all of our amazing 2018 vendors (check them out here). Soon well have announcements of performers and our schedule of events for festival day. Suffice to say the whole Watch City Steampunk family has been hard at work and we think we've got the best year ever of fun, unique and interesting events and so much more for you this year.

Check back to the website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we'll have tons of surprises and news in store for you soon!


We are looking for fantastic performers and vendors for next year's Festival!

If you are interested in performing at the 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival, APPLY HERE:

If you are a seller of Steampunk wares and interested in vending at the 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival, please first visit our VENDOR FAQ, which has valuable information and answers to many of the questions you might have about vending at the WCSF:

To APPLY for vending in 2018, visit:

If you are looking to participate as a food-service vendor, please email vendors@watchcityfestival for more information.

THANK YOU for a glorious and fun festival!

It's been just shy of a month since the 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival and we want to thank everyone who attended, as well as all our vendors, entertainers, food vendors, exhibitors and everyone else who just made 2017 possibly the most fun and best attended year yet! A special shout out to all of the great volunteers who worked so hard keeping the day running, and to all of our valued sponsors, as well as Mayor Jeannette McCarthy and the departments of the City of Waltham, without whom the festival would not have been possible.

SEE YOU IN 2018!

Exploring the entire Festival Footprint?

 Jump aboard Watch City's Tick-Tock Trolley!

Watch City's Tick-Tock Trolley will be circumnavigating the Festival from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Festival Day. Here's a map of the Trolley route:

CLICK HERE to download a printable version.

You can catch the Tick-Tock Trolley on either end of Carter Street on the southern edge of the Common, at the Library, at the Waltham Museum, and at the corner of Moody and Pine!

Festival a Full-Go! (Rain or Shine)

The final decision regarding any possible rescheduling due to weather has been made; the weather will be fine.

The 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival will run as planned, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, centered on Waltham Common!

See you at the Gazebo for Opening Ceremonies at 10:30AM!

The Watch City Evening Social!

Eventbrite - Watch City Evening Social - a Watch City Steampunk Festival Kickoff Concert

Welcome, friends! The Watch City Evening Social is a fantastic party that kicks off Watch City Steampunk Festival Weekend!

Join us in Landry Park outside of the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation at 7:15pm for an amazing fire performance by the Boston Circus Guild. This outdoor pre-show performance is FREE to the public!

Then come inside when the doors open at 8:00pm to enjoy the guitar artistry of Scott Helland, followed by the eclectically eccentric HUMANWINE, plus the swinging sounds of DJ Just Jam! As always, your hosts will be the Festival's favorite mortal enemies, Solomon Sedgewick and Captain Edward von Arkham. 

All our fine performers will also have merchandise available so you can take a piece of their work home with you, and of course we'll have some festival swag for sale as well!

7:15pm: Boston Circus Guild Show (outside on Landry Park- FREE to the public!)

Ticketed Watch City Evening Social in the Charles River Museum:
8:00pm: Doors open
11:00pm: End of the party -- see you at the Festival tomorrow!

Tickets $30, available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite. Admission is limited! Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

Of course, drink responsibly, and Steam On!


Q: Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
A: The event admission is strictly 18+. For beer and wine service, you must be 21+ with valid proof of age presented upon entry to the Museum.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
A: Prior to the event, address all inquiries to

Day of, the Museum phone number is:781-893-5410. Someone will be available to answer any calls the day of the show.

Q: Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
A: Yes, we do not need to verify identity of the bearer upon presentation of the ticket.

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
A: There is NO Museum Visitor parking at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill facility where the event is located. We ask that you use the nearby public parking facilities.

Maps and directions to both the Museum Visitor Entrance and Parking can be found here:

Eventbrite - Watch City Evening Social - a Watch City Steampunk Festival Kickoff Concert

Busses, Trains, and Parking for the 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival

We strongly recommend that you take public transportation to the Festival if possible as we are on #70 and #70A, and the #553 MBTA bus lines. Please note that although those busses normally stop on Carter Street on the southern edge of Waltham Common, CARTER STREET WILL BE CLOSED on Festival Day! - Therefore, the nearest stops for the day are on Main Street just west of the Common for all lines, as well as east of the Common for 70 and 70A, and on Moody Street at Pine/Crescent for #553. 

Possibly the most elegant option for traveling to the Festival is the Fitchburg branch of the Commuter Rail which stops RIGHT IN FRONT of the festival, at Carter Street! CLICK HERE to view the Commuter Rail Fitchburg Line schedule!

In addition, there is the Watch City Steampunk Festival shuttle bus running all Festival Day between the Alewife Red Line stop and Waltham Common. CLICK HERE to view the shuttle schedule!

However, if driving is your only option, there is quite a bit of on-street parking in walking distance of Waltham Common, and a number of municipal parking lots, too. Please see the following map of the public parking lots in the downtown. - CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF of this parking map.

2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival Shuttle!

The 128 Business Council specializes in providing alternative transportation options in the Route 128 West Corridor and they are again this year including our Festival in their mission! There will be a FREE shuttle bus running all day on Festival Day, Saturday, May 13th, between the Alewife Red Line T Station and Elm Street, Waltham, on the eastern edge of Waltham Common!

Please review the schedule graphic below. CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF version.

Huge thanks to the 128 Business Council!

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!