Admission to the Cogs & Corsets festival is FREE TO ALL with many of the events, contests, and workshops open to the public. Premium Event tickets for activities such as Arc Attack performances, Contra Dancing, the Dine with the Dead Picnic, and Vrooman Brunch are available to purchase while supplies last.

Online ticket sales are now CLOSED.

Any remaining event tickets will be available for purchase at the Registration Booth on-site at the event. Thank you for your support of Cogs & Corsets!



Ticket To Ride pass (all inclusive)

Only 30 passes available!

This ticket includes:

  • Preferred seating at the Arc Attack performance (two times to choose from)
  • Backstage tour with Arc Attack
  • Preferred seating at Joshua Kane’s Gothic at Midnight performance
  • Friday night VIP cocktail hour in an historic downtown penthouse
  • Admission to the Contra Dance (both sessions) + beverage
  • ‘Outrageous Etiquette’ Luncheon
  • Admission to Vrooman Mansion Brunch OR Dine with the Dead Picnic
  • Tea Room Pass
  • Limited edition 2019 commemorative metal Cogs & Corsets pin
  • Entry into the drawing for a one-year Museum membership (also valid at reciprocal museums across the U.S.)
  • Limited edition custom silkscreen Cogs & Corsets t-shirt (designed by Half Hazard Press)
  • BCPA lidded cup ($8 value and required for drinks at performances in the building)
  • Swag bag of vendor and retailer gifts, vouchers, and other goodies
  • with more items being continually added!

Tea Room Pass

Access to the Tea Room Sat.-Sun. during posted hours

Pass gains you entrance to the Tea Room for three cups of tea and assorted biscuits, served in the historic Museum courtroom by our lovely Lady Jarden. Come and go as you please; the Tea Room is open throughout the festival. Required for everyone wishing to enter the tea room; no sharing of passes, please.


Steampunk Contra Dancing

Friday, 7–8:30pm and 9:30–11pm

Dance the night away with the Chicago band, Ceilidh Bandicoots! Featuring callers Jonathan Sivier, Jon Hanson, and Scott Meyer. Light refreshments served. Cash bar. Tickets will also be available at the door.


‘Outrageous Etiquette’ Luncheon

Saturday, 11:30am
Limited to 42 general admission tickets.

Central Illinois’ renowned Tea Ladies share rules of Victorian etiquette you just won’t believe. See the complicated use of calling cards demonstrated, along with other interesting dining rules. Catered luncheon.


Arc Attack: Singing Tesla Coil Performance

Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm

You may know Arc Attack from their appearance on Through the Wormhole, or America’s got Talent. This truly electrifying performance uses high-tech instruments, a robot drummer, and a pair of Tesla Coils that shoot lightning while playing music.


‘Dine with the Dead’ Cemetery Picnic

Sunday, 10:30am
Limited to 15 general admission tickets

Picnic lunch at historic Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, with professional guided tour of funerary customs, Victorian monuments, and stories of those who reside here. Refreshments and choice of boxed lunch. Includes trolley transportation from the Museum Square.


Vrooman Mansion Brunch

Sunday, 11am
Limited to 30 general admission tickets

An elaborate plated brunch served in the elegant surroundings of this historic 1869 mansion. (Advance ticket purchases only.) Includes round-trip trolley transportation from the Museum Square.