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.


September 2018

Hello, Citizens of Watch City! How was your summer? Now that fall is nearing, it’s time to start thinking about early plans for next year’s Watch City Steampunk Festival! The event will be held Saturday, May 11th, 2019, which is once again the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.

Mad Science!

The Charles River Mad Scientists’ League, a local organization secretly headquartered in a lair beneath the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, has issued the following challenge to the leadership of Watch City, demanding investment the scientific community (mad or otherwise)!

In response, we are pleased to announce that this coming Watch City Steampunk Festival will feature a Mad Science Exhibition! On Festival day 2019, makers, inventors, artists, engineers, hobbyists, and crackpots of all sorts will exhibit their most astonishing creations on Waltham Common. The most impressive among them will be awarded prizes! Learn more about it and enter your invention on our website:

Bonus points will be given to anyone whose weather machine produces perfect festival weather on May 11th!

Vendor and Performer Applications for 2019

Applications to vend or perform at the 2019 Watch City Steampunk Festival will open on November 1st, 2018. Links will be available on our website and social media pages; if you’d like to be emailed a reminder, please send us an email at or as appropriate.

Upcoming Events

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

·         Compass Rose Steampunk Festival, September 29th,

·         Jewelry City Steampunk Festival, October 27th,

·         Dickens Holiday Festival, December 9th at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation,

Mrs. Hawking Makes Progress

The Mrs. Hawking series is soon to be debuting its fifth installment, Mrs. Frost, at Arisia 2019 this January, in preparation for the reprise of parts 4 and 5 at Watch City in May. This newest episode pits Mrs. Hawking against her own personal Moriarty in an epic face-off of hero and villain. Additionally, Mrs. Hawking wrapped filming on its very first cinematic project, a proof of concept for a television series, in summer 2018. The film is now in post production in preparation for a planned winter debut.

Did You Know…

Did you know that the Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line? This is how the City of Waltham got its nickname, “Watch City.”

Some Words of… Wisdom?

I didn’t give you a weird metal suction cup looking thing, did I? - Captain Edward Von Arkham

Steam on!

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





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