What to expect at Steampunk Spectacular

Journey to a time unknown for a day of adventure, entertainment, and merriment set at the picturesque Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid, NM.

This daylong Steampunk festival has a Wizard of Oz theme. Join the adventure with Dorothy and your favorite characters, a steam-powered tinman, an automatonic lion, and the brass-goggled straw man as they embark upon a quest to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz.


All attendees are requested to be a part of creating a unique atmosphere and dress in their best steampunk and Oz-themed gear. Merchants will be there to help fill your garb and gear needs.
Steampunk workshops, Costume Contest, Live Action Role Playing Murder Mystery game, and other activities planned.

This is a family friendly event and is open to the public.

We’re happy to announce Professor Phineas’s Phantasmagoric Fotos will return this year to take your portraits in the STEAMPUNK PHOTO BOOTH!
Take a look at last year’s portraits here

Tips for a spectacular Spectacular:

  • There is NO CELL SERVICE at the event, please bring cash and buy tickets online.
  • Parking is limited, carpooling is suggested.
  • Also, remember to CHECK THE WEATHER and dress appropriately!

Costume Contest

Enter our costume contest in any variation of steampunk theme, with an Emerald City theme encouraged. If you want to specialize, we have a Prop-only category, as well as a Ruby Slipper decorating contest.
Click Here for details and contest rules

Costume Contest registration begins at noon, winners will be announced at 5pm

Ruby Slipper Contest:

You have been commissioned by the Witch of the East for an exquisite pair of Ruby Slippers. She desires a couture pair with a steampunk flair and this is your chance to shine. They don’t have to be wearable so let your imagination go wild and put your design skills to the test.

Murder Mystery: The Mystery of Crystal Cave

It’s 1892. Many of the Southwest’s elite are converging on Keeseeville to see the incredible green Crystal Cave, recently discovered. You’re a member of an entourage that travels with a certain group of rich and powerful people. While they tour the unknown underground cavern, you’re left with the other entourages, safe inside The Engine House Theater. Suddenly, the ground begins to shake…
Pick your character from our selection of suspects. Will your character be good, or evil? You have secrets, but so does everyone else… Play your part, interview other characters, collect clues, and solve for whodunit. Be the first to solve The Mystery of Crystal Cave, and win a prize!

Register to be part of the fun at 12:30 pm at the event, Murder Mystery begins at 1:00 pm.

Parasol Dueling Demo

Come and see the sport of Queen Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting, a sport of which Her Majesty was both a patron and accomplished practitioner. Parasol Dueling is a safe, no-contact activity. Bring a parasol, or borrow one of ours, and join in the fun! An elegant sport from an elegant time!

Dual demos will be held at the event at 12:45 and 4:30 pm.


Feeling hot outside? Personalize your own Silk Fan
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Join us to personalize your own silk fan. Both folding and paddle style silk fan bases will be available and we will have stencils, sequins and fabric paint markers to customize your own fan to suit your style or match your outfit!
Cost: $15

Fascinator and Hat Pin Workshop
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Need a new fascinator to match your outfit, or a smashing hat pin to decorate your favorite topper? Join us to create your own mini top hat or flower fascinator, or a steampunk hat pin. All supplies and decorations will be provided, just bring your creativity!
Cost: $20

Sign up early to save your place !

The day is broken up into 2 segments:

Daytime activities – noon to dark

Noon – Doors open
12:00 – Scavenger Hunt Begins & Costume Contest Registration Opens
12:30 – Murder Mystery Registration
12:45 – Parasol Dueling Demo
1:00 – Murder Mystery Begins
1:30 – Workshop – Personalize your own Silk Fan
3:00 – A Steampunk Waltz – taught by Holiday Dance Studio
3:30 – Workshop – Fascinator and Hat Pin Workshop
4:30 – Parasol Dueling Demo
5:00 – Costume Contest Winners Announced by Julian Addams Wolf
5:30 – Group Photo Opportunity – Behind Engine House Theater
6:00 – Fire Show by Woo Ha Fire Performers

6:30 – 8 pm – Dinner break – merchants will be open for shopping and more group photo opportunities

Evening festivities – 8 pm to close

The Engine House Cabaret
Doors open at 7:30 pm
This show will sell out!

Journey to the glimmering Emerald City for a gear-driven adventure of dance, burlesque, magic, and more! Things get steamy in this vaudeville cabaret show featuring the most creative, exquisite, boundary-stretching entertainers NM has to offer.
Teens are allowed if accompanied by an adult.

Featured performances by:
Annie O’Roar
Charlie Carnall
Shannana Bananigans of Circo Sucia
Desert Darlings
Electra Spark
Emmersen Steele
Isalang Lollipop Guild
Lux Lunae
Miss Behavin
Mora Lee Grey
Sassy Sages Gypsiana
The Jewels – Sooz and Carrie Rome
Tre Bella
Wicked Muse Dance Project
Special performance by Holiday Dance Studio

After the show The Mine Shaft Tavern will be open with live music and dancing

How to get to The Mine Shaft
From Albuquerque:
Head north on I-25 to Exit 267 (it’s the exit before La Bajada Rest Area)
Turn right on Waldo Canyon Rd.
Turn left onto the E I 25 Frontage Road and head north for a while Turn right on Bonanza Creek Rd
Follow the Bonanza Creek Rd. to NM 14
Turn right on NM 14 and head South until you enter the tiny town of Madrid
The Mine Shaft will be on the left

PARKING at The Mine Shaft might be hard to find, but parking is available around town along NM 14

Costumes are encouraged, but not required to attend the event.