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. The Museum of History will once again be key parts of the action. Save the date: June 2- 4, 2023!
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
- 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
Cogs and Corsets follows all current local, state, and CDC health and safety guidelines in regards COVID-19. Social distancing is encouraged at all outdoor activities and events and will be observed at all indoor activities. Face masks are encouraged to be worn, but not required, during indoor activities and events. If Covid 19 cases continue to rise, guidelines become more restrictive, or our zone is forced to go back to an earlier Phase of the Restore Illinois Plan, this event will be modified or canceled.
The following events are located indoors:
- The Steampunk Market
- The Tea Room
- The Great Airship Race Murder Mystery Dinner
- All panels, lectures and workshops
- The Maker Faire display
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).