Posted Sep 21, 2018 | By Visit 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!
Though this subculture has gained a lot more attention in recent years, we interviewed the Chairman of the festival, Gary Blum, to get all the information you need before attending the annual Oxnard Steampunk Festival, typically held each Fall!
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.’” Blum said. Other movies that personify the Steampunk style would be Treasure Planet, Series of Unfortunate Events or 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 said “Talk to people; they want to show you and tell you all about their costumes and gadgets.” With so many different subgenres and individual spins on steampunk fashion, you can expect to see some amazing costumes and a variety of live band entertainment unlike anything you’ll find at other local festivals. “It’s like being on a movie set-there’s a cast of characters all around,” Blum said.
Another notable feature to the festival is the shopping. With 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.
Do I have to Dress Up?
Absolutely not! 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 are still going to have a great time.
Come immerse yourself in the wonder and experience the fun for yourself at the Oxnard Steampunk Festival!
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