The Coldwater Steampunk Festival promises fun for everyone from August 5th to 6th

The event features live entertainment, street art, birds of prey, dueling knights, a time machine, a hot air balloon, free activities for all ages and more

The Coldwater Steampunk Festival returns for its in-person event on Saturday 6th August. Festival organizers promise “The Greatest Show on Earth” with an incredible lineup of live entertainment, street performances, birds of prey, dueling knights, a time machine and a hot air balloon, as well as free activities for all ages and more. Over 100 vendors, local artists, crafters and pop-up artists!

All day live music on the Mill Street Stage by The Renaissance Band, Memphis Mudd and Springwater Band.

The magic begins on Friday, August 5th with Coldwater’s 3rd Annual Wizarding World Night. Come dressed as your favorite student, teacher, witch or wizard. Free Harry Potter crafts and live creature encounters from Wye Marsh and Scales Nature Park will delight festival-goers from 4pm to 8pm

Saturday morning at 9:30am the Coldwater Steampunk Festival begins with the Re/Max Hot Air Balloon sponsored by Georgian Bay Re/Max Ltd. brokerage. Popular returning acts include North-Simcoe’s own “Pickpocket Magician” James Harrison and R. Phineus Bodine, the mad scientist.

Check out Ryan Lei’s LVL, how he smelled on his Ironforge and check out prop design leatherwork from Adam Smith. Throw an ax with Axed on Friday nights and all day Saturday, or try your hand at moonwalk archery. Teapot races hosted by the Hamilton Steampunk Society and The Robot from Murdoch Mysteries at the Mill Compliments of Toronto Steampunk Society will be featured throughout the day. Meet Anne Innis Dagg, the woman who loves giraffes, winner of the Order of Canada.

Montreal storyteller Professor Taelstrum will host tea duels and compliment matches, while the Dueling Weapons Academy of Renaissance Fencing performs behind the mill at 12pm. Party with Crystal Rose and surprise guests at the drag show at 2pm. Join local artist April Gonzalez and Kathryn Kaiser at Sylvia’s Paris Fairy Garden for a hands-on mural experience.

Visit the free craft tent next to Em’s Cafe for crafts for all ages, as well as all-day demonstrations and morning workshops by local artists. Teens are invited to doodle on Main Street’s anti-bullying vintage couch while listening to on-trend beats by Torbin Spring and music by Jake.

Upon entering Coldwater, collect your complimentary Steampunk Pass sponsored by Tourism Simcoe County and travel to famous cities at participating restaurants. Visit the Children’s Museum exhibit at 20 Coldwater Rd. for this year’s architectural tour and LEGO exhibit. See and hear Melissa Small’s story of doll collecting. Build community participation together with LEGO Master Liz Barbaza-Cousineau.

In the alleys, young artists Sirius Small and Rowan BC show manga drawings and graffiti art. As a special guest, visual artist Monica Wickeler will demonstrate public art before your eyes as she transforms the common space. After the festival, pick up a copy of Coldwater Planet to read winning stories from Scribe Alert, find out what artist Natasha Ventresca has been up to during the pandemic, and read more stories from Coldwater columnists Stan Joskowitz and Sue Creighton.

On Saturday, August 6th, mark your destination for the 12th edition of the Coldwater Steampunk Festival in Coldwater.

At 1:00 PM, enter the costume contest under the Music Barn at Coldwater Mill or take the bus to the Coldwater Canadiana Museum to see an Escape North Challenge game.

Costumes are recommended but not required. Don’t forget the goggles.

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