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Stumpunk will be making it’s way to Central Illinois for the Cogs and Corsets Festival.

Steampunk fans are in luck this weekend because the Cogs and Corsets Festival is making its way to historic Downtown Bloomington for the third time for this ultimate steampunk event.

Art galleries, retailers and restaurants will stay open late Friday to kick off the weekend full of festivities. The event will be all day Saturday and Sunday.

Entertainment, special events, vendors, workshops and presentations will be offered to attendees and of course, tea and steampunk camaraderie.

“From the Industrial Revolution to the Wild West, steampunk is a creative way to picture what history could’ve been. It’s a re-imagining of history with art, science and modern technology,” WGLT reports.

This festival is free and open to the public but some of the special events will require a ticket, on sale now online and at the festival as well.

Steampunk fans can even purchase all-inclusive VIP passes for the festival to experience some fantastic extra perks in addition to the regular ticketed events.

The VIP pass includes Friday night cocktail hour in a historic downtown penthouse, backstage tours, preferred seating, a commemorative Cogs and Corsets pin, giveaways and more.

The festival is a fun way to celebrate invention and brings people together to engage in hobbies, according to Ann-Marie Dittman, Assisstant Director of Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and co-founder Melanie Shellito.

Joshua Kane will be performing Gothic at Midnight twice during the festival thanks to BCPA sponsors. Performances include Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

“I am so pleased to be performing Gothic at Midnight as part of your esteemed festival. In planning the repertoire for this weekend’s performances I want to invite and factor in your participation and points of view,” Kane said.

He then asked on the event’s Facebook page for people’s opinions and to choose an ending for the performances.

More information on the festival can be found on the Cogs and Corsets Facebook page.

KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @kourtcunningham

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