I’ve got some exciting new events coming up for the summer!
If you live around the Capital Region in New York, I’ll be attending two events there this summer: one in official author-ly capacity, and one as an attendee.
The first event is the Saratoga FanCon at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on June 18th. (Saratoga…SaRATOGAAAAA! Those who live in the Capital Region know that jingle…) Saratoga FanCon is a free, all-ages comics & pop culture event. There will be guests from a variety of fandoms including comics, manga, gaming, fan art, cosplay, and more! I will be one of those guests 🙂
The next event is The Enchanted City III: A Brave New World in Troy on August 27th. Now in its third year, “The Enchanted City” is an urban street faire, a spectacle of steampunk fashion, fantasy and fabrications that magically transform the historic blocks of downtown Troy, NY into a “cosplay” alternative reality where Victorian fancy meets modern technology. The Enchanted City is a real life fairy tale that you can experience and even become a character in if you wish. It is a steampunk Brigadoon that appears once a year. This free festival offers a family-friendly inspired day of music, games, performance, food and fantasy. Special events include a fashion show, historic tours, street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, magic acts and more. It’s a really fun time!
The Enchanted City has also partnered with the Tech Valley Center of Gravity to sponsor a Troy “Mini Maker Faire” during the festival. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, a “Maker Faire” is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
I had considered vending at The Enchanted City, but honestly I feel like I’d be missing out if I were stuck at a table the whole day! There’s so much to see and do, I decided I’d rather just be an attendee – in costume, of course!
I also applied to vend at the 5th Annual Buffalo Bookfest on July 9th! The Western New York Book Arts Center will host the 5th Annual Buffalo BookFest, a day-long festival dedicated to printing and the book arts. The festival will feature an artist’s market and a complete schedule of free indoor and outdoor hands-on demonstrations of the book arts for all ages, including steamroller printmaking! This event is free and open to the public, taking place inside both floors of the Book Arts Center, stretching across the newly opened Mohawk Street, and spilling into the adjacent parking lot–you won’t want to miss this festival. The 5th Annual Buffalo BookFest Artist’s Market will highlight Western New York’s most talented craftspeople, artisans, and writers. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to browse through and purchase locally handmade goods including hand-bound books, letterpress prints, small press publications, zines, and loads of handmade crafts! The market will be held on the ground floor of WNYBAC and in an outdoors.
I hope to see you at one (or more!) of these events this summer!