Oxnard Steampunk Fest: Anchor Steam, Wine Tasting, Techno Tea + More

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Another weekend, another Festival, yes? Everyone is trying to cram in as many fun activities outside while the weather is still nice and warm (and maybe too warm lately!) before the rainy and snowy weather sets in.

This weekend I want to suggest something extra-ordinary:

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Oxnard’s Steampunk Fest includes a Techno  Tea Party, tastings of Anchor Steam’s Beer and Rancho Ventavo’s wine,  a special menu at La Dolce Vita plus a fashion show, films, a bicycle ride, workshops, music, and more.

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Celebrate all that’s whimsical with The Oxnard Steampunk Fest Crew, the Friends of Heritage Square, and the Oxnard Heritage Foundation at historic Heritage Square, downtown Oxnard, 11-5pm on Saturday the 17th of October, 2015 at a kid-friendly event that kicks off the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Square.

Think Jules Verne science fiction.
Think Victorian-inspired like corsets and hoop skirts with a punk twist.

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Think gears, goggles, and wrenches, watches and horns.
Think vintage, and otherwise wacky, fun, ornate clothing in natural fibers and colors as well as jewel tones.

The Fest opens with a “Steamy Tweed Ride” to the event from Plaza park (meet at 10am, ride at 11am). While entry is free, some activities require $$. For example, a $35 ticket admits one to the Aristocrat Lounge, which includes a Tea ticket, cheese plate, exclusive Pint Glass, two drink tickets (21+), and a raffle ticket (you can buy more glasses separately for $10 each). Rancho Ventavo is located in Heritage Square and offers wine tastings for $10.

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Heritage Square’s La Dolce Vita will be infused with the creativity and uniqueness of the Steampunk style and offer intriguing dining options and beverages. Enjoy classical and contemporary cocktails with Absinthe or Steampunk beer tasting flights of Anchor Brewing. More info at http://ladolcevitadimare.com/SpecialEvents.html

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Acoustic Harmonic DuoHawks n Britt will perform original and classic songs from the last 60 years at the Techno Teapot Tea from 11-2pm. Make reservations for this $15 boxed tea lunch at http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/

Watch your favorite Steampunk inspired movies in one of two “theaters” –the “Underground Aristocrat Lounge” and the “20,000 Leagues Underground Theater.”

Here’s a map of the Oxnard area by which to navigate your bicycle or airship — and a map of the festival grounds too. The parking area for Heritage Square will be taken up by the event but you can park in the nearby 2 hour parking all day for free on Saturday while attending the Steampunk Fest.

Heritage Square will be packed with vendors and festivities. There will even be an airship that you can board!

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