Cogs and Corsets Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2017

4pm–8pm
Registration/Welcome/Information Booth

Get your event program/map, pick up and purchase tickets for premium events.

5pm–8pm
First Friday Activities

Sponsor: Downtown Bloomington Association

See and be seen strolling the downtown shops and galleries. Many visiting and local artists, in-store specials and Steampunk-themed fun!

Photo Op Open

Immortalize your best costumes against our backdrop, with professional photographers and photos made while you wait ($5, cash and carry)

8:30pm
Tesla Coil Demonstration

Sponsor: Red Raccoon Games

Not to be missed! Join us on top of the Monroe/Market parking garage where we’ll light up the night with a 7ft. tall TeslaCoil, based on authentic designs by Nikola himself. Weather dependent.

9pm–Midnight
Steampunk Soiree

Sponsor: Nourish, Owen Nursery, Fox-n-HoundsErin Mac Photography, TLR Associates

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.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

7am–noon
Farmers’ Market

While not an ‘official’ activity of Cogs & Corsets, we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you know that the downtown square will be filled our nationally-recognized Farmers’ Market!

8am–3pm
Registration/Welcome/Information Booth

Get your event program/map, pick up and purchase tickets for premium events.

9am–3pm
Steampunk Market Open
Artist Studios and Galleries Open

Visit the many local galleries and artist studios in the area. Many will be hosting visiting artists and featuring steampunk-inspired works. Galleries open at 9am, closing times may vary.

Photo Op Open

Immortalize your best costumes against our backdrop, with professional photographers and photos made while you wait ($5, cash and carry)

9am–5pm
Tea Room Open

Sponsor: Beezer Family Honey

Relax in style in Lady Erika Jarden’s tea room, located in the restored 1903 courthouse. Enjoy selections of fortifying tea, biscuits, and your delightful hostess, Lady Erika herself.

9am–noon
Maker’s Faire Entries Accepted

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.

9:30am
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.

10am
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.

12:30pm
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.

1pm
1:30pm
Costume Contest Runway Show
2pm–5pm
Historic Mansion Tours & Tea

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.

2:30pm–4pm
Splendid Teapot Racing

Sponsors: Eaton Studio Gallery, Dimmitt’s Grove Neighborhood Association

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.

6:00pm
Farm-to-Fork Epiphany Dinner

An extraordinary farm-to-fork seasonal buffet dinner by Epiphany Farms. Premium ticketed event (limited to 80 attendees)

8:00pm
Lock & Key Burlesque

Sponsor: Timothy Kent Gallery & Framing, Twin City Homebrewing

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.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

10am
Vrooman Mansion Brunch

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.