On Saturday October 26th the Attleboro Public Library will partnering with Jewelry City Steampunk to bring you the third annual Jewelry City Steampunk Festival! The Jewelry City Steampunk Festival is a free, day-long, city-wide, family-friendly festival that welcomes any and all to join the fun. The Library will be host the festival’s morning Welcome Tea, the Tiny Box Theater, and an exciting range of panel discussions. All programs taking place at the Library can be found on our events calendar. There will be some amazing artisans, craftspeople, and vendors at the Ezekiel Bates Lodge as well as a live adventure game and storytelling mermaid. In the Balfour Riverwalk Park just outside the library there will be an array of kid-friendly crafts as well as a live sword fighting demonstration! The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum will be host to a number of engaging panel discussions including “Elementary Engineering”, STEAM for Steampunks if you will. The Centenary United Methodist Church will have food for sale all day and will host two great talks, “Steampunk Women” and “Women in Work,” which will highlight influential women in the Steampunk work as well as our local community. Park Street Ale House & Eatery will feature live performances in addition to their usual array of delicious food and drink. This year we are excited to announce that, for the first time, there will be a trolley to transport festival attendees to the various Jewelry City locations and there will be a guided tour of downtown Attleboro at 3:00pm. You can check out the full schedule of events here. Whether you are a dedicated fan of Steampunk or you’re experiencing it for the first time there is something fun for you and your loved ones to enjoy at the all-day, free Jewelry City Steampunk Festival.
For those of you who are experiencing Steampunk for the first time, you may be wondering what exactly Steampunk is. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that has captured the minds and hearts of many going as far back as the 1950s with the publication of books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Steampunk is all about modern technology, only powered by steam and set in the 1800’s. Steampunk fiction is often set in a Victorian-era society and features things like airships, steam-powered weapons, and themes of discovery and adventure. Steampunk costumes often closely resemble Victorian-era garb but with additions like goggles, gears, and utility belts. Steampunk is all about imagination and innovation, something we believe in deeply here at the Library. We are excited to partner with Jewelry City for their third Jewelry City Steampunk Festival and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 26th!