Premium ticketed event, 21+ only. Enjoy heavy hors D’oeuvres, drinks, dancing and general gaiety at Reality on Monroe, a beautifully restored historic building and downtown Bloomington’s newest event venue.
Whether designed for altruistic purposes or nefarious, your steampunk invention, accessory or gadget belongs in our Makers’ Faire competition! Entry forms available here for download and at the Registration booth. Juried event with awards.
Promenade on the Square
Join in a stroll around the historic courthouse lawn to celebrate the opening of the festival! Open to all costumed attendees.
Workshops (every hour on the hour)
Your program guide will have final descriptions, times and locations. See current lineup of workshops here.
Museum of History (lawn)
The McLean County Museum of History and the Children’s Discovery Museum will be offering free family-friendly activities until 1pm: Explore the science of hydraulics and flight! Make and take your own recycled, Steampunk parachuter! Launch a tea-bag hot air balloon, and then challenge a friend to the museums’ version of Tea Dueling.
Steam Tractor Engines display
Brought to you by the McLean County History Museum, Finnigan Farms will be displaying several of their antique steam tractor engines at the corner of Jefferson and Center streets until 4:00 pm.
Pre-judging for Costume Contest
Enter your finest costume and walk the runway! Emceed event with awards, including Crowd Favorite. Entry form available here for download and at the Registration booth.
Premium ticketed event. Choose from two tour times. Shuttle will depart downtown and take you to the David Davis Mansion for a tour of this 1872 beauty, then to the Vrooman Mansion (c. 1869) for a tour and elegant seated tea before returning to downtown.
Bring your teapot racer and attempt to conquer the Ramp of Doom, Tunnel of Terror and other obstacles in this timed, highly entertaining competition! Emceed event with awards. Entry forms available at Registration booth.
Farm-to-Fork Epiphany Dinner
An extraordinary farm-to-fork seasonal buffet dinner by Epiphany Farms. Premium ticketed event (limited to 80 attendees)
Premium ticketed event, 21+ only. The Lock & Key Burlesque troupe will tease and thrill with their vaudeville-inspired performances. Authentic European absinthe will be available for purchase for those wishing to imbibe.
End your Cogs & Corsets weekend with an elegant plated brunch in this 1869 historic mansion turned Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy pastries, fruit, quiche Florentine, crepes with mascarpone cheese berry sauce, bacon and sausage.