Annual steampunk fest returns to Collar City – New York News

TROY, N.Y. >> Troy’s annual steampunk festival is back this weekend and expected to draw thousands to The Enchanted City.

The fourth annual Enchanted City festival, titled The Enchanted City IV, Deus Ex Machina – A Steampunk Fair, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, in a new location at Riverfront Park in downtown Troy.

Since its inception in 2014, the festival has grown each year, particularly around the steampunk theme. Although definitions vary slightly, steampunk is a genre of science fiction/fantasy that takes place in an alternative 1800s setting in which modern technology like robotics and air travel are powered by Victorian style and sensibilities. It is an alternative “futuristic past.”

With this unique style overarching across all festivities, the local event is a free festival of steampunk fashion, fantasy and fabrications that offers a family-friendly inspired day of music, games, performance and food.


The festival will open with a parade of Mad Machinery at 11 a.m. intoRiverfront Park, featuring mascot Queen Mab, as well as both professional and amatuer steampunk vehicles competing in this year’s Inventors’ Challenge.

Special attractions to follow include all-day street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, interactive theater, magic acts and a costume contest.

Adults and children are encouraged to come dressed in steampunk clothing, or as fairies, to take part in the spectacle that aims to magically transform the waterfront park in historic downtown Troy into a cosplay…

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