On May 12th & 13th, 2012, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation presents the third annual Watch City Festival! This is a city-wide event that celebrates the imagination, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk. For one weekend the city of Waltham is transformed into an alternate reality “trapped in time” where the lines between science fiction and the industrial revolution are blurred to bring guests into an immersible experience like no other!
The main events will take place on Saturday and Sunday at locations in central Waltham, MA. Citizens of Watch City are also invited to join us for special preview events the evening of Friday, May 11th.
Guests will be transported into a world where dirigibles and hot air balloons race the skies, an old-fashioned midway entertains the crowds, and there are unique performers, musicians, and characters at every corner all telling the story of their world. International published authors and entertainers known nationwide will fill our bookstores and auditoriums. The town common will be transformed into a bazaar filled with vendors offering fine leatherwork, costumes and wearables, gadgets and jewelery along with buskers and demonstrations that tip their hat to a realm forgotten. There is even a race for Mayor to put the best man or woman into the seat to make decisions on the future of Watch City!
The event is family-friendly but will also offer some adult entertainment in the form of “Steampunk after dark” events which will entice guests with musical acts, burlesque dancers and carnival side-show performances.
The Watch City Festival is not just another convention. It is an event that literally brings a community together. From the Museum to small businesses to schools, and even the Mayor’s office, there is no event that celebrates culture and the arts with fun, food and fantasy like this one.
The Watch City Festival 2012 will push the boundaries of last year’s event, which welcomed 10,000 visitors to the city. This year we are expecting close to 15,000 guests!
Tickets are available online under the “Purchase” link above and will also be available for purchase during the festival at several stations around town, including the main visitor center, Waltham Town Hall!