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Steampunk Taking Over Santa Rosa Square and Library
Steampunk Taking Over Santa Rosa Square and Library

Think Steampunk meets the circus with fun, food, and music taking over Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square and you’ve got an idea of what’s in store when The Wunderkammer comes to life on Aug. 25 from 11am–6pm with the ever-popular Great Sonoma County Handcar Races at noon. 

The event is a public celebration of mechanical railcar races; visual, culinary, and costumed performing arts with community participation; ingenuity embracing sustainability, alternative transportation; and good old fashioned fun. 

Tinkerers, artists, and eccentrics both young and old are invited to participate with a playful and inspired mixture of fond remembrance for a stylized industrial railroad past remixed with progressive styles and technologies of today. 

The public is invited to partake with “costumed buffoonery and enlightened interaction (never fear: those with inhibitions in the costume department can feel free to come as you are and enjoy),” according to the event’s Facebook description. 

This is also a family-friendly event with a face painter on hand specializing in circus faces, a Circus Stage, the Children's Midway with jumpy houses beyond belief, as well as the Children's Museum of Sonoma County's "Museum on the Go.”

General admission tickets for those 13 and older are $11.19 online (including fees) until Aug. 24. Children under 13 are free. Go to wunderkammerfestival.com for more information. 

Santa Rosa Library Goes Steampunk 

Sonoma County Library is hosting a week of free, trendy Steampunk-themed events at Santa Rosa’s Central Library, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 20 to kick off the Wunderkammer Festival Aug. 25 in Railroad Square. 

The free programs are open to all ages and celebrate the literary subculture of Steampunk.  Aug. 20, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Steampunk Graphic Novel and Anime program, includes snacks and a screening of a rare anime series.

Aug. 22, 3:30–5:30 p.m. Steampunk Maker Space—join local artisan Barney Hector to craft whirligigs, gadgets, and jewelry; tools and materials provided. 

Aug. 23, 3:30–7 p.m. Steampunk costume workshop—put the finishing touches on your “look” or make one from scratch and prepare for the Steampunkery Costume Contest on Saturday and the Wunderkammer Festival on Sunday. 

Aug. 24, 12–4 p.m Steampunk Grand Finale—show off your costume, prizes awarded for the best in show.  Cupcakes and a showing of a classic Steampunk movie will round out the day.

All events at the Central Library, 211 E Street, in Santa Rosa, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries. More information can be found online at sonomalibrary.org.

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