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.

June 2018

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to join us at this year’s Watch City Steampunk Festival! Despite the downpour, we had a good turnout.

We are grateful to everyone who helped make this event possible, including the following:

VOLUNTEERS

SPONSORS

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A Very Special Thank-You to
Sarah Gardner!

For the past three years our children's activities have been coordinated by the amazing Sarah Gardner! She's responsible for all those tentacle fights, chess pieces, and bubble blowers we've had available for the little ones.

 Photo: Babette Daniels Photography

Photo: Babette Daniels Photography

Sarah is now stepping down from her role, and we wanted to say a hearty THANK YOU for all your hard work from all of us! We will endeavor to carry on your legacy of creativity and joy for the children of Watch City in the years to come.

Would You Like to Join the Committee?

If you are in the area and are interested in becoming part of the planning committee for the 2019 Watch City Festival, please email info@watchcityfestival.com and introduce yourself!

What About Next Year's Festival?

We will come back in 2019! We are planning for Saturday, May 11th, 2019, which is once again the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. Let’s just assume that the weather will be tornadoes and floods and plan accordingly. The event will go on rain or shine.

As for the theme of the event, well, you'd better take a look at this challenge that was just issued by the Charles River Mad Scientists' League!

Performer and vendor applications will become available in late 2018.

Summer of Steam Game Day

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In cooperation with the “Summer of Steam” Facebook group, Watch City will be taking over the new Game Underground store in Waltham for an afternoon of board gaming.

Join us on Sunday July 15th from noon to 6pm at Game Underground, 349 Moody Street in Waltham. Parking in municipal lots is free on Sundays! Costumes are optional. Snacks will be provided; for something more substantial we invite you to explore the many restaurants on Moody Street.

Learn more about the location at https://www.game-underground.com/.

Upcoming Events

The team from Watch City will be participating in the following events:

Did You Know…

Did you know that there is far more space in the building that houses the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation than is open to the public, and that this area is now referred to as “The Wayback”?

Some Words of… Wisdom?

“I told you the rubber duck machine wasn't ready, but noooooo, we just HAD to go to beta."

- Captain Edward Von Arkham

 

Steam on!

The Watch City Steampunk Festival is a project of the Downtown Waltham Partnership.

Website: https://www.watchcityfestival.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WatchCitySteampunkFestival

Instagram: http://instagram.com/watchcityfestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatchCityFest

Voice Mail: (781) 499-2824

 

Copyright 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival


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April 2018

Spring is coming, and we’ve got just a few weeks until Festival Day, Saturday, May 12th, 2018!

The organizational committee is not panicking in any way whatsoever!

 The Circus is Coming to Town! Citizens of Watch City, Robot Fans and Kraken Enthusiasts, Mad Scientists and Tea Duelers, Inventors and Crafters of all ages, get ready for the greatest show in Waltham as the Circus Comes to Town! SEE! Acrobats, Jugglers, Dancers, and Musicians entertaining you throughout the day! BEHOLD! Watch the aerialists spin in mid-air!

The Circus is Coming to Town! Citizens of Watch City, Robot Fans and Kraken Enthusiasts, Mad Scientists and Tea Duelers, Inventors and Crafters of all ages, get ready for the greatest show in Waltham as the Circus Comes to Town! SEE! Acrobats, Jugglers, Dancers, and Musicians entertaining you throughout the day! BEHOLD! Watch the aerialists spin in mid-air!

Joining us in this extravaganza are the
Boston Circus Guild
and
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band

 

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The Boston Circus Guild is a collaborative-based membership organization of over fifty musicians, artists, circus performers, dancers, and event producers from the New England area. With a mission to create career opportunities for artists and inspire, educate, and entertain audiences, BCG produces its own theatrical circus productions, and provides entertainment for private events. You can find out more about BCG at bostoncircusguild.com.

Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, the burning heat of funk and the irreverence and fun of today’s Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. Label them anyway you like! Call them avant world fusion, call them experimental big band, call them gypsy steamfunk, call them circus noise! They may be tough to sum up, but it’s easy to tell you they’ll show you a good time and they’ll get a crowd dancing!

From 10 AM to 5PM we will have three open air stages filled with awesome acts, the common will feature wandering minstrels and tasty treats to tempt the most jaded of palates. Just be sure to be at the Gazebo at 4PM for the big finale!

Need a Hotel Room?

Do you need hotel space for Watch City Steampunk Festival weekend? We have made arrangements with the Holiday Inn Express at 385 Winter Street in Waltham for a special rate.

  • Group Name: 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival
  • Dates Group Discount is Available: May 10 – 13, 2018
  • Group Rate: $119.00 plus 11.7% occupancy tax per night
  • Cutoff Date: 4/19/18
  • Link: https://tinyurl.com/WCSFHotel2018
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If you do not want to book online, please contact the reservations office at (877) 213-6796 to make a reservation. You must state the name of our group, 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival, to receive the discounted rate. If you require any special room accommodations, you must state that at the time of making the reservation. If you would like to reserve dates that are not included in the group block, or you have any questions about making a reservation, please contact Mike Whiteman at (781) 419-0985.

Please note that the hotel is not adjacent to the Festival area.

Volunteer for the Festival

Interested in helping out at the Watch City Steampunk Festival? There are many areas where need talented and enthusiastic people to help make our festival happen! Please check out the opportunities listed listed here and let us know if you're interested in giving us a much welcome hand!

Sponsor the Festival or Purchase an Ad

By sponsoring the Festival and/or purchasing an ad in our program booklet, you’ll be supporting and associating your brand with the Watch City Steampunk Festival, helping to raise the profile of and bring additional tourism to Waltham, and helping us to give back to the community that helps us to host this event each year. Your support will be recognized in many ways, not only leading up to and at our event, but in some cases, throughout the following year. Go here to sponsor or advertise.

And Now For Something Steampunk

Cabinet of Curiosities: A collection of objects representing relics and souvenirs of events, persons of note, and natural (and unnatural) history.
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The following item has recently been entered into Watch City’s own Cabinet of Curiosities collection: The World’s Tiniest Cabinet of Curiosities. This collection consists of tiny samples of what surely must be wondrous things. Sadly, the list of instructions that documented what each item is has been lost! So we turn to you and ask for your help! What do you see in each bottle? What story would you tell about it?

From now until Festival day, you’ll be able to see our “Cabinet of Curiosities” in the display case at the Waltham Public Library. Look for it on the ground floor outside of the Children’s room.



Some Words of… Wisdom?

“How many noses can we fit into the pressure cannon?”

- Captain Edward Von Arkham

Steam on!

The Watch City Steampunk Festival is a project of the Downtown Waltham Partnership.

Website: https://www.watchcityfestival.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WatchCitySteampunkFestival

Instagram: http://instagram.com/watchcityfestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatchCityFest

Voice Mail: (781) 499-2824


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The Foggy Goggle:  The Newsletter of the Watch City Steampunk Festival™

January, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all citizens of Watch City!
This newsletter will be published irregularly to keep you up to date on important news about next year’s event.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12th, 2018!
 

Vendor and Performer Applications
for the 2018 Festival Close Soon!

Applications to be a vendor or performer at the 2018 Festival are due by the end of January! To find the forms, visit our website and click on “Participate”. For more information you can email vendors@watchcityfestival.com or performers@watchcityfestival.com with questions.

We’ve Been Out and About (Again)

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The Watch City Steampunk Festival had a table at both the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival in Attleboro, MA, and also the Dickens Holiday Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham!

 

Being the exclusive coffee vendor at the Dickens Holiday Festival was certainly an advantage. We’ve made enough sales to pay for an entertainer… or several, if they work for cheap.

 

Upcoming Events

We don’t have any plans for a sales table soon, but you will find members of our team at the following upcoming events:

And Now For Something Steampunk

Cabinet of Curiosities: A collection of objects representing relics and souvenirs of events, persons of note, and natural (and unnatural) history.

The following item has recently been entered into Watch City’s own Cabinet of Curiosities collection: a single lady’s glove, of uncertain origin. Rumors abound that it was found in a newly-opened tomb in the Egyptian city of Memphis; that it was discovered behind the bar of a speakeasy in Memphis, Tennessee; or that it fell out of the Charles River Mad Scientists’ League space-time portal and directly into the lost-and-found box at a previous Watch City Steampunk Festival. The debate among scientists and historians continues.

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Some Words of… Wisdom?

"Wax Pants!"

- Captain Edward Von Arkham, with enthusiasm

“I only respond to intelligent input.”

– Mayor Solomon Sedgewick, rolling his eyes

Steam on!

The Watch City Steampunk Festival is a project of the Downtown Waltham Partnership

 

Website: https://www.watchcityfestival.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WatchCitySteampunkFestival

Instagram: http://instagram.com/watchcityfestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatchCityFest

Voice Mail: (781) 499-2824

 

Copyright 2018 Watch City Steampunk Festival

 

 


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The Foggy Goggle:  The Newsletter of the Watch City Steampunk Festival™

October, 2017

Welcome everyone! We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival. This newsletter will be published irregularly to keep you up to date on important news about next year’s event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12th, 2018!

Vendor and Performer Applications for the 2018 Festival

Applications to be a vendor or performer at the 2018 Festival will open on November 1st! Watch our website and social media accounts for more information.

All applications will be due by the end of January. For more information you can email vendors@watchcityfestival.com or performers@watchcityfestival.com with questions.

We’ve Been Out and About

 Waltham Day on the City Common

Waltham Day on the City Common

The Watch City Steampunk Festival had a promotional table at two local events in Waltham, Riverfest and Waltham Day. We had a lot of people stop in to say hello and tell us how much they enjoy the Festival.

We’ve also made some sales of t-shirts and other swag, all of which goes to our budget and helps keep the Festival free of charge.

 

 

We also visited Boston Comic Con! Several steampunk groups shared a booth and participated in convention programming: The Watch City Steampunk Festival, The Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, The Gate City Steampunk Festival, Splendid Teapot Racing Massachusetts, Gartisan Works, The Red Fork Empire, and The Citizens of Antiford.

We are very pleased to see the local groups coming together!

 Boston ComicCon 2017, along with fellow members of "Steampunks of New England"

Boston ComicCon 2017, along with fellow members of "Steampunks of New England"

Other Events You’ll Find Us At

Come down to the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival in Attleboro, MA, on October 28th! This free festival is a new entry to the local scene. We will have a table there, and we will be selling raffle tickets for an awesome “Steampunk Maker’s Basket” with fabric, leather, cogs, crafty bits, and the very finest in steampunk junk to play with, plus a copy of “1000 Steampunk Creations” by Dr. Grymm! https://jewelrycitysteampunk.com/

You’ll find us again at The Dickens Holiday Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham on Sunday, December 10th. This event features holiday entertainment and a variety of vendors just in time for you to find that unique gift. https://www.facebook.com/DickensHolidayFestival/

And Now For Something Steampunk

Cabinet of Curiosities: A collection of objects representing relics and souvenirs of events, persons of note, and natural (and unnatural) history.

The following item has recently been entered into Watch City’s own Cabinet of Curiosities collection: a piece of tentacle from the dreaded kraken Leviatha, whose attacks on Watch City a year and a half ago were devastating to the populace.

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Some Words of… Wisdom?

"Squid Shoes!"

- Captain Edward Von Arkham

Steam on!

The Watch City Steampunk Festival is a project of the Downtown Waltham Partnership

 

Website: https://www.watchcityfestival.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WatchCitySteampunkFestival

Instagram: http://instagram.com/watchcityfestival

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WatchCityFest

Voice Mail: (781) 499-2824

 

Copyright 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival

 

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The Foggy Goggle:  The Newsletter of the Watch City Steampunk Festival™

July, 2017

Welcome everyone! We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival. This newsletter will be published irregularly to keep you up to date on important news about next year’s event.

Date for the 2018 Festival Set

Our date for next year’s event has been announced! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12th, 2018. If you are a vendor or performer interested in the 2018 event, we have not yet opened up the application process, but you can email vendors@watchcityfestival.com or performers@watchcityfestival.com with questions or to be notified when more information is available.

Other Events Where You’ll Find Us

Representatives from Watch City will be making appearances at local events to raise awareness of our festival, and in some cases to raise funds as well! Here’s where you will find us:

·       Boston Comic Con, August 11-13. This event will feature a first-time collaboration between multiple local steampunk groups to bring you programming: The Watch City Steampunk Festival, The Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, The Gate City Steampunk Festival, Splendid Teapot Racing Massachusetts, Gartisan Works, The Red Fork Empire, and The Citizens of Antiford. http://bostoncomiccon.com/

·       Waltham Day, September 16th. We’ll have a fundraising table at this celebration of all things Waltham. https://www.facebook.com/CityofWaltham/

·       Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, Attleboro, MA, October 28th. This free festival is a new entry to the local scene and we wish them well! Come find us at our fundraising table. https://jewelrycitysteampunk.com/

·       The Dickens Holiday Festival, December 10th. This festive event returns to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation just in time for you to find that unique gift (which just might be a 2017 Watch City Steampunk Festival t-shirt, yes?). https://www.facebook.com/DickensHolidayFestival/

And Now For Something Steampunk

Cabinet of Curiosities: A collection of objects representing relics and souvenirs of events, persons of note, and natural (and unnatural) history.

The following item has recently been entered into Watch City’s own Cabinet of Curiosities Collection: a fragment of the wrappings from the (simulated) mummy Nanefer-ka-ptah of the 19th dynasty, unwrapped at the 2017 festival courtesy of the Boston University Cabinet of Ancient Wonders.

Some Words of… Wisdom?

"Bunked. Sheveled. Couth. These things have no meaning unless they are not what they are. Food for thought!"

- Captain Edward Von Arkham

Steam on!