Welcome to Cogs & Corsets
The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln. The galleries will be featuring local artists’ new work and even hosting visiting artists whose pieces exude that Steampunk vibe. Save the date: June 2- 4, 2023!
VENDOR APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Are you interested in being a vendor at our 2023 event? Read through our Vendor Policy page and then fill in the application form.
Applications are due by March 30, 2023. Vendors will be notified of acceptance and invoiced no later than April 14, 2023.
APPLICATIONS FOR WORKSHOPS and PANELS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Cogs and Corsets Steampunk Festival is now accepting submissions for presenters and workshops. If you’ve attended Cogs and Corsets, you know we welcome over a thousand people to Historic Downtown Bloomington throughout the weekend. Interesting presentations and workshops are key to a successful festival!
Please review and complete the Submission Form and please share with others that might be interested.
It’s been great to get some acknowledgement from our community. Here are a few articles from the 2022 event.
- WEEK – News 25 – Hundreds dressed up for Cogs and Corsets
- The Pantagraph – Cogs and Corsets steampunk festival fires up this weekend in Bloomington
- The Pantagraph – Photos: Steampunk comes to downtown Bloomington with Cogs and Corsets
- WGLT – The Lead Off (starting at 4:49) – Steampunk festival Cogs & Corsets returns to Bloomington — and you don’t have to be a die-hard to join in
Events like this need lots of hands!
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers that made the 2022 event so much fun and a huge success. We hope you will join us again in 2023.
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What is Steampunk?
Steampunk can be called “Victorian Science Fiction”.
It’s a re-imagining of history —Steampunkers are creative people who immerse themselves in the Victorian era, imagining what life would be like if the steam power of the Industrial Revolution fueled modern technology. It’s also a celebration of invention, the art of science woven into creative gadgets and costumes that recalls the elegance and romance of the Wild West and the Gilded Age coupled with the wonder of new inventions and technology to expand the possibilities of human existence (such as time travel).