The annual Steampunk and Victoriana Fair returns for its sixth year at the Goulburn Waterworks on October 19 and 20. For lovers of all things Steampunk, many of the quirky attractions are returning, including tea and parasol duelling, extraordinary costumes and unique stalls.
The fabulous Steampunk and Victoriana fair returns to the Goulburn Waterworks on October 19 and 20.
Steampunk is a sensory feast, with an amazing array for stalls, costumes and entertainment and it is growing into one of the city's biggest festivals. Last year it attracted over 4000 people.
Steampunk originator Julie Salway got the idea for the festival while travelling in the UK, when she attended a Steampunk ball held at a Waterworks.
She knew the idea would translate to Goulburn's Historic Waterworks, and translate it has.
"It has been very successful and it gets bigger each year," Mrs Salway said.
She said this year's Steampunk Fair would have all the favourites that people expect, plus some surprises.
"The Fair will see an influx of splendid-looking characters wandering the grounds, complementing the Waterwork's architecture and aesthetic," she said.
"We have horse and carriage and train rides, lots of live music, stalls, great food, as well as the Steampunk sports of tea and parasol duelling.
"We will also have teapot racing with remote-controlled teapots. It gets very competitive."
"We also have sword-fighting for the first time this year. There is a workshop but with foam swords, not real ones."
Entertainers over the weekend include: Dr Lucifer and the Steam Diva, Peculiar Occurrence, New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra and the Crooked Fiddle Band
Sunday is more of a family day, with an invention competition as well as a Pet Parade and free face painting.
The Steampunk Fair will be officially opened with a Lieder Theatre Fire Show on Friday, October 18 in Mary McKillop Rose Garden from 8.30pm.
There will also be a dinner dance in St Saviour's Hall on Saturday, October 19 from 6pm. This is a two-course dinner, with music from Scientists Behaving Badly. Tickets cost $80 per person, or $90 package with a two-day fair pass.
Entry is $12 for one day or $18 for two days, with children under 16 free.
The fair goes from 10am to 4pm on October 19 and 10am to 3pm on October 20.