Circus Vargas: Steam Cirque
Date: January 19th - March 13th, 2017

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017's retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join us on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey! Come be a part of our family. America’s favorite traveling big top circus is a family-run operation featuring several generations of artists and crew. Check out how we set up our blue and yellow Big Top in your city

Del Mar January 19th – 30th

San Diego – Mission Bay Park February 2nd – 13th

National City – Westfield Plaza Bonita February 16th – 27th

Escondido Westfield North County March 2nd – 13th.

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Exotica: Fashion and Film Costume of the 1920’s

Date: February 7th, 2017 – April 22th, 2017

Location: FIDM Museum LA 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Exotica: Fashion & Film Costume of the 1920s takes us on global adventures to explore fashion’s fascination with the "foreign" in film. Exotic locations have long inspired fashion designers to re-imagine contemporary dress into hybrid silhouettes mixing East and West. In the 1920s, cinema storylines whisked viewers to out-of-the-way locales ruled by maharajahs, sultans, or conquistadors in fantasy productions of epic proportions staged on vast sets with thousands of exotically garbed extras. Hollywood’s influence on fashion trends was unstoppable as millions of fans bought into the dream that they, too, could inhabit their idols’ identities in store-bought coats and dresses mimicking Egyptian wraps, Mayan tunics, or Chinese cheongsam.

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Dressing Downton Abbey – Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Dates: February 7th – May 7th 2017

Location: Museo Museum and Cultural Center 241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

Dressing Downton highlights fashion from one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey®. Follow your favorite characters, both upstairs and down; walk through a costume chronicle of the period in this now traveling exhibition that showcases nearly 40 period costumes and jewelry from the hit series! This is the exhibition that was at the Biltmore Estate from February to May of 2015 and at this time this is the only West Coast stop on the tour.

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Fashion Redux 2017 Finale Party

Date: March 3rd, 2017

Location: San Diego History Center 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA 92101

Time: 6 – 8 pm.

Price: $10

Fashion Redux! is an annual design competition for students in the Fashion Program at San Diego Mesa College. Students are challenged to design a look that incorporates structural elements inspired by historic garments held in the San Diego History Center Historic Clothing and Textile Collection. This year, Fashion Redux! celebrates Christian Dior's "The New Look," a revolutionary line of women’s fashion that would become 3 the signature of the Fifties! Four finalists will have their completed designs on exhibit at the San Diego History Center, along with the inspiration pieces from the Historic Clothing and Textile Collection, from February 21 - March 3, 2017 culminating in the Fashion Redux! Finale Party where one will be named "Lead Designer”.

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Con Dor 24 – Something Wicked “Bad Never Looked So Good”

Dates: March 3rd – 5 th, 2017

Location: Four Points Sheraton 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

ConDor is San Diego's premiere Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. We're moving to a new venue, Four Points by Sheraton on Areo Drive with free parking and free Wi-Fi. Barbra Hambly, author of numerous SF/F books, is our Guest of Honor. Ray Bradbury, legendary SF author, is our Ghost of Honor. Enjoy panel discussions, classes, workshops, art show, vendor hall, karaoke, dance, and much more. Meet authors, artists, and cosplayers. Costumes not required, but quite welcome.

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Vista Civil War

Date: March 4th – 5 th, 2017

Location: Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine will be open for the 17th Annual Civil War Re-enactments. There will be authentic daily battles at 12 pm and 3 pm. Artillery Demonstrations, self-guided tours of the camps, Civil War souvenirs, and much more!

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California Irish Festival

Date:March 11th – 12th, 2017

Saturday 11 am – Sunday 9 pm

Location:Downtown Upland, Upland, CA 91786

Upland, BierBuzz® Events will host their 2nd California Irish Festival. The California Irish Festival will celebrate the best in Irish & Celtic cuisine along with food trucks, Family fun, Vendors, live music and beer gardens.  All ages are welcome so bring your family and friends to downtown Upland, CA and help celebrate the California Irish Festival! A portion of the proceeds will go to the help the Historic “Downtown Upland Merchants Association” revitalize downtown Upland!

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House of England’s Annual Village Fete

Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Location: International Cottages 2160 Pan American Road W, San Diego, CA 92101 Balboa Park

The House of England would like the SDCG members to join them in a fashion show from 1-2 pm. Costume from English literature characters, period gowns, famous Brits, 4 etc. This would be another chance to wear costumes from last year’s San Diego County Fair Alice in Wonderland theme.

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Victorian Day in the Garden

Date: Saturday, April 8th 2017 10am-4pm

Location:Old Poway Park Midland Road, Poway CA

The SDCG has been invited to attend in costume. Free admission to the Park but there is a cost to ride the train. On the veranda of the museum “Home Depot” will host children’s crafts from 10 am – 1 pm. On the veranda a flea market will be held with a book sale and crafters. In the gazebo there will be speakers scheduled from 11 am – 2 pm. On the South lawn by the gazebo there will be a plant sale. In the turnabout area lots of activities are planned. The Model T Club will have cars on display in another crafter area. There will be raffles held throughout the day. Don’t forget to ride the train. This is a fundraiser for the Poway Historical and Memorial Society.

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Wild West Steam Fest

Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 10am-10pm

Location: Heritage Museum of Orange County 3101 W. Harvard St, Santa Ana, CA 92704

WWSF returns to the Heritage Museum of Orange County on Sat April 22, 2017. Schedule Event: 10:00am-6:00pm; Concert seating opens: 7:00pm, Concert begins: 7:30pm, Beer Garden 12:00pm-8:00pm. Featured programming includes: Panels-Vendors-Gunfights, Blacksmith-FaroCostume Contest, Gold mining-Living History Tours, Grand concert- *JUST ADDED-Tea Dueling! Special guests – DEVM; The Gypsy Time Travelers; Headliner- Steam Powered Giraffe. Tickets starting at $20 are on sale.

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Gaslight Gathering 2017: Southern California’s First Dedicated Steampunk and Victoriana Convention

Dates: Friday, May 12th – Sunday, 14th, 2017

Location: Four Points by Sheraton San Diego 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123

The adventure continues with Dennis and Debbie Hanon at the helm as co-Captains.  There will be the wonderful events and entertainment you’ve come to expect at GASLIGHT GATHERING including the ever popular Victoriana Fashion Show, Merchants room, Make & Takes, Maker’s room and panels, and all the steamy fun you’ve enjoyed over the years plus something new, Parasol Dueling.

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The Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale

Date: Saturday, March 18th- Sunday, March 19th, 2017 9:00am to 5:00 pm

Location: Orange Empire Railway Museum. 2201 S A St, Perris, California 92570

The Iron Horse Family Steampunk Carnivale pays homage to the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction and the Industrial Revolution with a real, live steam-powered locomotive being the perfect backdrop. The day’s activities include: steam locomotive and vintage trolley rides, steampunk artisans displaying jewelry, handiworks, steam powered contraptions and imaginative gadgets, steampunk fashion show, steampunk craft workshops, live Steampunk entertainment, workshops and panels, children’s activities.

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San Diego County Fair 2017

Date: June 2nd - July 4th, 2017

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds 2200 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014.

There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s You, partner. Grab your cowboy hat, pull on your boots, and ride on over to this year’s San Diego County Fair as we celebrate the legendary rough-and-tumble Wild, Wild West. Explore an old stagecoach, but hide your valuables or you might get held up by scurrilous outlaws like Billy the Kid, Jesse James or Black Bart! Meet the rowdy women of the west, like Calamity Jane and “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley.

Many guild members that are part of San Diego Steampunk will be working with the fair staff again this year.  Look for more information and announcements from San Diego Steampunk on their website: or on Facebook:

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Costume College 2017 – Costume College Celebrates the 1960’s

Dates: July 27th – 31st, 2017

Location: Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA.

Costume College is an annual three-day costuming arts conference produced by Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. It offers lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming: from general sewing (pattern grading, setting sleeves, etc.) to historical construction methods (corsetry, petticoats, etc.) to time period overview classes to science fiction/fantasy costume construction.

Along with the opportunity to learn new skills, we offer our members several social gatherings to show off their creations! We also have a Marketplace filled with fabulous vendors who cater to costumers and an Exhibit Room filled with costumes created by our members.The theme is “The 60s.” The 1960’s: It’s more than just “Mad Men. It’s a huge era of change that bridges the conservative 50s with the psychedelic fantasy of the 70s.The roots of television science fiction in Star Trek and Dark Shadows; or Mod and the British Fashion invasion.

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Gaslight Steampunk Expo

Dates: Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Location: Town and Country Resort Hotel 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108

Our 2017 event theme are the Steam Fantasy Worlds of Wonder, where we will explore Wonderland and Oz, plus the inner working of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory exploring the many wondrous ways the intertwine in the Steampunk genre. Everyone is welcome at the inaugural Gaslight Steampunk Expo for a weekend of steampunk workshops, vendors, special presentations, dancing, tea dueling, and so much more at the Town & Country Resort Hotel located in San Diego, California. Enjoy an event run by a group of local steampunks, for steampunks, with over 20 years of convention running experience. Their mission is to create and promote exciting and educational Steampunk events and workshops for the overall Steampunk community in the Southern California area.

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Costume Con 36 – Ports of Call

Dates: Friday, May 11th - Monday, May 14th, 2018

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton 1515 Hotel Circle S, San Diego, CA 92108.

Costume-Con is an international convention that has been devoted to costuming of all kinds since 1983. All skill levels, from beginners to masters, and all types of costumers are welcome.  Beyond informative panels and hands-on workshops, Costume-Con features many competitive events: -Sci-Fi & Fantasy Masquerade - Historical Masquerade - Future Fashion Folio -Single Pattern Contest - Doll Clothing Contest. The theme will be "Ports of Call" and you can interpret that as broadly as you like. The possibilities are endless. Whatever you wear, we look forward to seeing it at CC36!

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