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Adelaide Steampunk Festival 2018

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All Aboard for the Adelaide Steampunk Festival (Image: Paula McManus)


The Adelaide Steampunk Festival is back again for 2018, a celebration of nineteenth-century science fiction at the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. You don't need to be a sc-fi fan at all to enjoy the huge range of fun things to do, but it may help if you like trains.

In the nineteenth century, science was on the cusp of a huge revolution, and everything seemed possible with technology. Steam locomotives moved people faster than ever before in the history of time, and travelling to new worlds was within the realms of possibility. Think of the adventures dreamed up by Jules Verne and H.G Wells, which fired imaginations around the globe.

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Cosplay at the Steampunk Festival (Image: Steamkittens)


Join the National Railway Museum in a celebration of frivolity and festivity as they blow off steam and revel in all that is Steampunk. Dine on a delectable array of world food stalls. Peruse and acquire exquisite and extravagant conversation pieces in the Artist's Alley. Indulge and collect creative oddities from the market stalls. Let the amazing costumes and raucous music blow your senses. For full details of competitions, activities and performances see the official program on the Facebook page.

Held over the weekend of Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September, this year's Adelaide Steampunk Festival is hugely bigger than previous events. There are four stages at the railway museum with a packed program of things to do, while the Fitch Pavilion is one of several places to find fun for kids throughout the weekend.

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Join in the Beard and Moustache Competition


Get your free entertainment at the Busking Stage from a range of local musicians, the School Stage will not only include the obvious but also a Beard and Moustache Competition, while the Speaker Stage has everything from Makers' Demonstrations of Cosplay to Parasol Duelling!

This festival in Port Adelaide is massive. Not only are there daytime activities at the National Railway Museum, you will find complementary night-time debauchery at Mixed Creative and artistic genius at Corked. You get to choose how much you want to take part in.

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Food Choices Include Delicious Sweet Foods (Image: Sweet Tucker)


With a huge crowd of local and interstate people coming to the festival, you can count on a great range of world foods to satisfy all appetites. Whether you're looking for something sweet or savoury, the food trucks and pop-up food stalls will cater to your whims.

You can buy tickets at the museum door if you want, but they are also available online for pre-purchase. Please note that the 2 day pass is just for daytime at the National Railway Museum, whereas the Weekend pass includes the nighttime event at Mixed Creative and the Art Exhibition Awards at Korked.

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Punch and Judy (Image: Professor Forbes Punch & Judy)


There's far too much happening at the Adelaide Steampunk Festival to cover in this article. For much more information about the fun things to do, market stalls, entertainment, and activities for kids, head on over to the festival Facebook page. At the time of writing, there wasn't much information on the National Railway Museum website, but it's also worth a look.

Some of the related events for the Steampunk Festival including the Steampunk Murder Mystery Dinner have already sold out, so buy your festival tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

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Map of Events and Fun Things to Do at the Festival

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Why? Get excited by science fiction and steampunk
When: 10am - 4.30pm
Where: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Cost: See website
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I won't be able to make adelaide for this but I love all steampunkery.
by May Cross (score: 3|3360) 81 days ago
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