Posted Jun 02, 2022 | By Alejandra Cerball

The Ultimate Guide to the Steampunk Fest in Oxnard

Dust off your top hat, put on your goggles and don’t forget your pocket watch. Immerse yourself in the fantastical fantasyland of the Oxnard Steampunk Festival!

The Steampunk Festival in Oxnard is held at Historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard. This event is a fundraiser for the Oxnard Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Heritage Square to benefit their educational programming.

Dates for the next festival have not been announced yet.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a science fiction movement that blends Victorian Era clothing and Industrial Revolution technology. There are many different subgenres of Steampunk that are based on the theme of technology that the individual embodies, such as aviation, diesel, post cyber and more. "Think of the type of clothing in (the movie) Wild Wild West," says Gary Blum, Chairman of the festival.

Other movies that personify the Steampunk style include Treasure Planet, Series of Unfortunate Events and Going Postal.

WHAT IS THE STEAMPUNK FEST?

The Steampunk Fest fuses this fashion and culture into a fun, family-friendly community event at Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard. The festival backdrop, a row of Victorian-Era homes, perfectly encapsulates the Steampunk spirit while showcasing the historic beauty of the area. This make-believe experience is similar to a renaissance or pirate festival and will be fun for the whole family.

What to Expect

“This is probably the best people-watching event in Oxnard,” Blum says. With so many different subgenres and individual spins on steampunk fashion, you can expect to see some amazing costumes and a variety of live music, unlike anything you’ll find at other local festivals.

Shopping

With more than 50 arts and crafts vendors providing unique handmade items, this is the perfect place to create a unique Halloween costume or pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.

“It’s like being on a movie set. There’s a cast of characters all around.” - Gary Blum, Chairman of the Oxnard Steampunk Festival

Do I have to Dress Up?

Everyone is welcome at the Steampunk Fest. Whether you want to create your own character, cosplay, wear a funny hat or just go in your normal clothes you're still going to have a great time.

Immerse yourself in the wonder and experience the fun for yourself at the Oxnard Steampunk Festival!

How to Get to Heritage Square

Heritage Square is located in Downtown Oxnard at 715 South 'A' Street, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Parking

There is public parking around Heritage Square and at the 6th and ‘B’ Street parking lot.

Restrooms

Restrooms are located in the Heritage Square Hall at 731 South 'A' Street and in La Dolce Vita (all three floors have bathrooms) at 740 South 'B' Street. These two buildings face the Main Plaza.

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About the Author:

Alejandra Cerball (Journalist | Travel Writer)

Alejandra Cerball is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor of alexcerball.com, a Travel + Lifestyle online destination filled with compelling and honest travel tips + resources. On her blog, Alex shares inspiration for your bucket list, family travel + adventure itineraries, and style guides to help you pack for your next trip.

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