Mount Dora’s Steampunk and Industrial Show has grown to what is arguably the largest festival of its kind in the Southeast. The event is set under the oak trees at Renningers Antique Center and features vendors, steampunk entertainers and artists. The show takes place twice a year in October and January.
“Steampunk,” first coined in 1987, refers to the Victorian age of steam-powered machines melded with the “punk” attitude of non-conformity, creativity and unrestrained individuality. This science-fiction genre is present in art, music, fashion, film and especially literature. During the show it’s very common to see fans of the the genre decked out in creative Steampunk costumes.
The two-day event features the performance troupe Phantasmagoria, sword-swallower Vera Vermillion, plus live music that includes The Cog is Dead, Vlad the DJ with Special Guest Lady Anna, Jig in a Milestone, and The Black Velvet Band. There will also be an escape room, teapot races and parasol dueling. The Steampunk Industrial Show runs October 20 through 21 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Renningers Antique Center, 20651 US 441, Mount Dora. Get the schedule of events for the weekend show here. Parking and admission are free.