Aethertopia 2019 Cancelled Days Before It Was Set to Open

Tampa based steampunk event Aethertopia was scheduled to open its doors in just a couple of days for their 2019 event. Described as an immersive maker focused experience, volunteers and staff were already hard at work this week making sure everything would be ready at Florida State Fairgrounds for this weekend.

Unfortunately for those looking forward to the event, their will be no Steampunk makers in the Hall of Entertainment June 29th and 30th this year.

Earlier today, the event organizers officially announced the cancellation of Aethertopia 2019. Organizers explained the cancellation was due to a massive drop in ticket sales, and that the event couldn’t financially go forward. While their official policy states that they do not give refunds, organizers have stated that they are putting this policy aside due to the (almost literal) last minute cancellation, and that refunds will be coming for attendees down the line.

Honestly, I’ve written a lot of these stories over the last couple of years. Heck, I literally wrote one yesterday. So many convention organizers seem to wait until the last minute to call off events it’s downright baffling. The good news at least, as we’ve seen in these recent cases, is a trend is starting of cons trying to be transparent about why this has happened. It’s a small consolation to the vendors who might have been relying on the events for their livelihood, but as long as the promised refunds go out it’s better than nothing.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”