Admission to the Cogs & Corsets festival is FREE TO EVERYONE and includes a full schedule of events, performances, contests, and workshops open to the public.

We also offer some premium events (below) which do require paid tickets — and it’s these ticket sales that make the festival possible each year! We hope you’ll find one (or many) irresistible events below and will support Cogs & Corsets with your purchase.

Follow the links below to purchase tickets individually or as part of our ‘Ticket to Ride’ full event pass. You can also view all tickets directly on Eventbrite.

‘Ticket to Ride’ full event pass

Our ‘Ticket to Ride’ full event pass (limit 30) includes admission to almost every* premium event at Cogs & Corsets:

  • Reserved seat to see John Sprocket from perennial steampunk favorite The Cog is Dead
  • Tea Room pass (unlimited visits during Tea Room hours)
  • Friday night Contra Dance
  • Saturday night Time Travelers’ Light Show & Dance (21+)
  • Five (5) raffle tickets for chances to win a variety of steampunk goodies!

The 2023 Ticket to Ride is $70 (a $98 value). Purchase via EventBrite.

*due to limited seating, tickets for Sunday’s “Tea Demo & Tasting” cannot be included and must be purchased separately. See listing below.

A la Carte tickets

John Sprocket at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts!

You’ve heard his music, now see him live! John has been seen performing across the USA with The Cog is Dead, and this weekend he brings the best of The Cog is Dead’s music to his solo performance! It’s an exciting and energetic steampunk musical roller coaster ride that’s sure to get your toes tapping, put a smile on your face, and light a flame in your heart!

A la carte tickets to this performance can be purchased through Ticketmaster for only $19!

Tea Demo & Tasting: Travel the World with a Cup of Tea *SOLD OUT*

Journey around the world with Tea Captain Sam as we taste tea from China, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Japan, and more. We’ll discuss history, culture, and culinary appreciation while drinking tea. (Note: this is the only ticketed event not included in the Ticket to Ride Event Pass.)

Tickets are $10. Seating is limited to 20! Purchase via EventBrite . SOLD OUT

Contra Dance (with live music by The Bandicoots)

Back by popular demand! Lose yourself in the 1800s with traditional group Contra Dancing, featuring a live band and professional caller! Even beginners will find these easy to learn dances transport you to a different time. Includes refreshments provided by Green Top Grocery. Friday, June 2 starting at 7pm.

Tickets are $15. Purchase via EventBrite

Tea Room Pass

Take a break from the world in our Tea Room, sponsored by Bloomington Spice Works and hosted by our friends at TeaOlogie. Mere steps from the vendor area, you can take a pause whenever you like and enjoy full tea service with linens and dishware, a scintillating assortment of brewed teas and a selection of cookies.

Tea Room passes are $12, providing you with unlimited visits on Saturday and Sunday during regular tea room hours. Purchase via EventBrite.

Time Travelers’ Light Show & Dance

What makes your steampunk party light shine? (hint: bring your glow gear!)

Steam up the dance floor or just enjoy the light show and DJ Doomsday’s Performance Art. Saturday, June 3 at 9pm.

Please note: This event is approximately a one block walk from the main festival location, and requires climbing stairs (no elevator access). Attendees are welcome to BYOB.

Tickets are $15. Purchase via EventBrite 

Your personal reading with a Medium **SOLD OUT**

Sign up for a 10 minute reading with Mediums Bonnie Crosier and Carrie Elko. Each session costs $15 payable directly to the Medium before the reading. Have a question answered or simply have a glance into the future. The morning session (11:30am–1pm) will be hosted by Bonnie with afternoon session (2:30pm–4pm) hosted by Carrie. Cash only, please.