Cogs & Corsets will take place June 7–9, 2019. This year, Saturday June 8 will also include the GLT Free Summer Concert in our downtown, which will bring an additional 800–1000 people to the square for outdoor music that evening.

We took your feedback from last year’s event into consideration when planning for 2019! We will have longer vendor hours, and a new location for our Steampunk Market which provides better access to electricity, a more central location with regards to shops and events, and a configuration that should help with wind. We’re looking forward to seeing you June 7-9!

Loading and Setting Up


Load in: after 12:30pm

Open to public: 5:00–8:00pm


Load in: after 7:00am

Open to public: 9:00am–8:00pm


Open to the public: 10am–2pm

We request vendors do not tear down prior to 2pm on Sunday.

*Overnight security will monitor the vendor area.*


Vendors will be located adjacent to our Saturday Farmers’ Market, which opens at 7:30am Saturday morning and brings nearly 1000 people to the downtown. If you would like to open your booth early to capitalize on this traffic, you are welcome to do so.

Free parking is available in the Market St. Parking Deck one block from the Steampunk Market area. Additional parking is available in the Lincoln deck and Pepsi Ice Rink deck. Street parking is free and open on weekends. Camping is not allowed in the decks.

Volunteers will be available to assist with load-in and to provide breaks to vendors periodically throughout the day. Volunteers cannot be held responsible for any loss during that time.

General Policy:

Vendors will be able sell wares in the Steampunk Market area only (walking the street selling wares is not permitted). Cogs & Corsets is a family-friendly event. Anything being displayed in your booth needs to be appropriate for all ages.

Booth spaces are marked out at 10’x10′. Additional booth spaces can be purchased for an additional standard fee (limit 3). Vendors will need to stay within the marked lines of their 10’x10′ space; this includes all demonstrations and displays. Since the event is outside, please prepare accordingly for sun, heat and wind. Vendors are to provide their own 10×10 tent with mandatory weights (minimum 40 pound, non staked weights) securely attached to each side (4).  Cogs & Corsets is not responsible for damage to tent, displays, merchandise or personal belongings. Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables and chairs.

We have limited spots with electricity, which can be added to your booth reservation for a $25 charge (one electrical per vendor).

Cogs & Corsets has no general admission fee, however, there are several ticketed (paid) events throughout the weekend. Vendors would need to purchase their own tickets to any of these events they wish to attend.

Payment and Billing

Upon receipt of your application, we will email you a Paypal invoice to the email address provided. You can also opt to pay via check, but please remember that your space is considered reserved only after your payment has cleared. Checks should be made out to ‘Downtown Bloomington Association’. Bounced checks will charged a $50 processing fee.

Checks should be mailed to:

Tricia Stiller
City of Bloomington
109 E Olive St
PO Box 3157
Bloomington, IL 61702-03157

All vendor space sales are final regardless of weather or turnout. Refunds may be considered on an individual basis and must be submitted 30 days prior to the event, to give us an opportunity to fill your spot.

Your information will not be sold or distributed outside Cogs & Corsets.

Sales Use and Tax

Vendors shall be responsible for obtaining documentation (licenses, permits, approvals, etc.) required by international, federal, state and local law. Cogs & Corsets and the Downtown Bloomington Association will not be held accountable for a vendor’s failure to follow these procedures.

Vendors shall be responsible for collecting, reporting, and remitting proper state sales tax for any items or merchandise sold by the vendor at the event, in addition to obtaining the appropriate state sales tax rate and any local sales tax rates for any and all merchandise sold by the vendor at the event. And agrees to indemnify and hold Cogs & Corsets, its staff and the Downtown Bloomington Association harmless in any action arising from the vendor’s failure to collect, report, and remit federal, state, and local sales tax for goods sold by the vendor at the event.

Any goods or service deemed illegal under the laws of the United State of America, the state of Illinois, McLean County and the City of Bloomington are prohibited. Sales and display of working firearms or ammunition are prohibited.


Promotional material in digital form will be available upon request. Please contact We encourage all vendors to promote the event to their customers.

Cogs & Corsets cannot guarantee that each vendor will have their name, products or services listed in any of the promotional materials including posters, postcards, and press releases. Vendors registered with the Steampunk Market at Cogs & Corsets grants the festival organizers the rights to use their name, logo, and description of their products and services for promotional purposes.


The vendor agrees to be responsible for, indemnify and hold Cogs & Corsets, its staff and the Downtown Bloomington Association harmless from any and all claims of any nature, losses, damages, costs expenses (including attorney fees), personal injury, death, and/or any other claims arising from or related to any act or omission by the Vendor or his/her property, agents, representative or employees in contravention of is obligations (under this contract) or any applicable law governing the vendor’s activities at the event.

The vendor also agrees to be responsible for, indemnify, and hold Cogs & Corsets, its staff and the Downtown Bloomington Association and its employees harmless in case of theft of the vendor’s property both during business hours and after hours.

Cogs & Corsets reserves the right to refuse anyone or any business. All times, dates and locations are subject to change.