Kinetic Steam Works Roll Out Festival Brings Vintage Steam to West Oakland Art Scene

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Kinetic Steam Works’ annual Roll Out Festival will take place on Saturday, November 10th from Noon to 10PM. For one day only, a 12,000 square-foot vacant lot known as the unfinished section of Campbell Street just east of Mandela Parkway at 26th Street, will be transformed into an autumnal steamy celebration of industrial art and vintage equipment.

Attractions include several wood fired steam engines including all 9-tons of “Hortense,” KSW’s lovingly restored 1923 traction engine, a pumpkin-slashing Guillotine, a steam-powered player piano, the Robot Smashing Show, and three steam boats including our beloved “Wilhelmina,” a 46 foot stern wheel paddle boat, and yes, even more steam.

We invite you to come on down and celebrate, you’ll be supporting Kinetic Steam Works, a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Kinetic Steam Works is an Oakland-based educational arts organization working to preserve and promote steam powered heritage, artifacts, and technologies. We are dedicated to exploring and repurposing the artifacts of clockwork modernity.

We are a group of fabricators, engineers, artists and steam enthusiasts curious about what came before the advent of petroleum power, electronics, and the automobile culture.

We teach the skills and knowledge needed for steam engine restoration and operation. We produce artistic performances that utilize steam engines and steam technologies.

Kinetic Steam Works has performed at numerous events including Coachella, Maker Faire, Burning Man, The Crucible’s Fire Arts Festival, The Edwardian Ball and many others.

Now in it's 8th year, Kinetic Steam Works has been featured by the New York Times, WIRED, the Discovery Channel’s Modern Marvels, KQED’s QUEST, Popular Mechanics, Current TV and others.

Kinetic Steam Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Jen Garber
Kinetic Steam Works

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