April 20 to 21, 2024

DoubleTree
Baltimore North/
Pikesville

Tell-Tale Steampunk

Friday Night Happy Hour (free to entry for everyone!)

Join our vibrant community for an unforgettable evening at our free happy hour event on Friday, April 19th at 7 pm! Dive into the enchanting world of Steampunk as we gather together to celebrate creativity, camaraderie, and good times. Prepare to be delighted by live music that will transport you to another era, marvel at […]

Who was Jack the Ripper really?

Main Ballroom

An interactive panel detailing the crimes of Jack the Ripper, the possible suspects. Debunking some of the rumors and how Jack the Ripper has been portrayed in media.

Tea & Tarot with The Baroness

Embark on a mystical journey through time and tradition with The Baroness Alexandria in an enchanting exploration of tea leaves and tarot – an ancient practice known as Tasseography or Tasseomancy. Derived from the French word 'tasse,' meaning cup, and the Greek root 'mancy,' signifying divination, this art offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen. […]

Ultimate Hounds of Baskerville (aka Ultimate Werewolf)

The game is certainly afoot in Devon, a small town in rural England that has seen several deaths as of late. These killings seem to be the work of wild animals of unknown origin. There are rumors that the fabled Hound of the Baskervilles from one of Sherlock Holmes' most famous cases was not killed, […]

Victorian Cane Defense

Main Ballroom

A primer on the use of the cane as a defense in the Victorian era. Victorian Cane Defense with Kevin M Houghton 2:45 - 3:45 pm

The Quick and the Dad

Dad, people who wish to participate will face off against each other best 2 our of 3 per round, jokes will be judged by me for fairness and by the audience for hilarity, with the winner advancing until they are deemed the top dad. The winner will receive a starboard Sky watch (to be shipped […]

“Why do you think me Mad Libs.” (Tell-Tale Heart)

Panel Room 3

Don't be nervous! Join our cast of crows (aka authors) for a madcap game of Mad Libs. The authors will take you on a wild ride of steampunk, Poe, and pure madness with stories that need some help from the audience to finish. Why do we insist they're mad? Yell out while the crazy, creative, […]

Fashion Promenade and Makers Challenge

Have you spent months putting together the perfect outfit or making your costume? Strut your stuff at our Fashion Promenade and be the envy of all Steam Punks by winning Tell Tale’s Fashion Challenge as either a stylist or a maker. Remember—just because you didn’t make your outfit does not mean it isn’t super fabulous. […]

“Just A Minute” at Tell-Tale Steampunk

Josh Widdowson will guide four panelists through a game of verbal dexterity and improvisation as they speak on various topics for sixty seconds at a time. The problem is that the panel must refrain from hesitation, repetition or deviation. The game sounds impossibly simple, but when you try to play it, it's simply impossible! Panel […]

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Professor Moriarty's Classroom (Panel room #1)

Take on the role of a Bakerstreet Irregular in this mystery solving game. It is you and your fellow detectives against the mind of Sherlock himself. You will have an hour to try and solve a case, be it a murder, a theft, or one of Sherlock's many cases. If you and your team can […]

A Cry of Hounds Book Opening

Panel Room 3

The Tell-Tale Steampunk Festival and eSpec Books cordially invite you to attend the launch debut of A Cry of Hounds—centerpiece of the literary scavenger hunt—as well as Echoes of the Divine, Other Aether, The Chaos Clock, and Sherman’s Last Round-Up. Time: 7pm to 9pm Place: Panel Rooms 2 & 3 Enjoy food, fun, and prizes as our authors regale […]

Seance with Paranormalist Vince Wilson

Paranormalist Vince Wilson is the #1 Authority in the US on séances and paranormal entertainment and a recognized international expert on the supernatural. You will feel the presence of spirits from the past!

Night Watch Paradox

The musical equivalent of reading “Treasure Island,” Night Watch Paradox brings the audience along on a participatory journey of musical performance and storytelling as they travel in their imaginary, steam-powered airship through time and space.

Bearded Lady Meet Up and Free Flea Market

Join the illustrious League of Bearded Ladies for a morning meetup! All are welcome, ladies, gents, theys and thems...just make sure to wear your facial follicles proudly. Natural or nonnatural beard are welcome, we do not discriminate! Plus, you can promenade and peruse at a Free Flea Market! Bring items to share with the community. […]

Tea Dueling with The Baroness

Panel Room 3

So what is Tea Dueling? Tea Dueling , the main sport of the Steampunk world, is not what it sounds like.  A game that involves nerves of steel, patience, and a willingness to be part of the fun is all you need - that and a pot of tea and a plate of biscuits!

Murder mystery

Panel Room 3

In the mid-19th century, England experienced an influx of Irish immigrants, who swelled the populations of England’s major cities, including the East End of London. From 1882, Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe and Tsarist Russia moved into the same area. The civil parish of Whitechapel in London’s East End became increasingly overcrowded. Work and housing […]