Revisit the bygone days of Music Hall mayhem and mischief in this rollicking Ragtime Revue! A one-of-a-kind show that has been produced exclusively for the Big River Steampunk Spring Faire , this family-friendly farce showcases the truly unique talents of professional entertainers brought together from across the Midwest. Familiar faces to some, new faces for all, you'll witness comedy, dance, music, and amazing performances you've never seen before and will not soon forget!


Saturday, March 30

The Star Theater, 215 South Main Street

Doors open at 6:30pm, show approximately 7:00pm - 8:15pm

General Seating except for VIP Pass Holders


$15.00 per person

Rockcliffe Mansion Steampunk Invasion Photo Shoot

During his final trip to Hannibal in 1902, Mark Twain stood on the Grand Staircase of Rockcliffe Mansion to address more than 700 guests who had gathered to celebrate the return of Hannibal's favorite son. Now, more than a century later, you are invited to recreate that fateful day and stand on the Grand Staircase for a portrait to be taken by a professional photographer to mark the occasion. Steampunk invasion indeed!  In addition to this experience, your ticket also doubles as a coupon for $5.00 off any guided tour of the Mansion throughout the Faire weekend. Due to space accommodations, tickets are limited and will be made available for two session times: 1:00pm and 2:30pm.


Built in 1900 for lumber baron J. J. Cruikshank and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 13,500 square foot wonder features interiors that are nearly identical to the way they were when Twain visited -- you will marvel at the beauty and splendor of one of America's Castles.


Sunday, March 31

Rockcliffe Mansion, 1000 Bird Street

Two times available: 1:00pm and 2:30pm

Shuttle from Coontz Armory will be available


$15.00 per person

The Great Riverboat Gamble

Step back in time and bring Lady Luck -- you'll cruising the Mississippi as a Riverboat Gambler aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat!  Enjoy the musical melange of the Ragged Blade Band and swing the night away to rollicking tunes that will inspire wild abandon and much toe-tapping! Beware of high rollers and card sharks aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat….Whether playing to win, or playing for pride, come dressed in your finest haberdashery or heels to this refined, casino-inspired event!  (Please Note: we are a token-based society on the riverboat – no cash bets are allowed.) Need a little fresh air? Step outside the Victorian Ballroom onto one of the two levels of open-air decks and experience the majesty of cruising up the mighty Mississippi River! The Mark Twain is a replica of the old steamboats with decorative smokestacks, two levels of open-air decks, an enclosed indoor Victorian Ballroom featuring a gaslight bar, and an authentic, steam-powered calliope to sing you a tune!


Saturday, March 30

Mark Twain Riverboat on the Levee

Boarding begins at 8:30pm

Boat will depart the dock at 9:00pm,

     returns approximately 10:45pm


$28.00 per person

The Ragged Blade Band

Burlesque at the Star

Photo by Ethan Jollie

The most popular show of any Big River Steampunk event is always Burlesque! We bring the finest performers from far and wide to entertain our guests with the most sophisticated, elegant show of its kind anywhere in the Midwest, rivaling even the finest Chicago cabarets. Beautiful, artistic, breathtaking performances will arouse your senses and astound you with amazing feats of strength, balance and poise. All new surprises are in store for the first annual Big River Steampunk Spring Faire Burlesque at the Star Theater!


Saturday, March 30

Star Theater

215 South Main Street

Doors open at 10:30, Show 11:00pm

General Admission except VIP Pass Holders




$20 per person

This history-based, 90 minute guided tour will take you all around one of the most haunted towns in America! We'll do the driving  -- climb aboard our shuttle and learn the secrets of many of Hannibal’s most notoriously haunted sites — both past and present. Hear stories of murder and mischief during Mark Twain’s boyhood days in Hannibal, meet the present-day ghosts of the mansions on Millionaires’ Row, and so much more! Our tour includes a true paranormal investigation of Old Baptist Cemetery, founded in 1844, where you’ll walk amongst the graves of slaves and Civil War soldiers and search for signs of paranormal activity!


Saturday, March 30


Departing directly upon conclusion

of the Burlesque show


Shuttle will pick up at Star Theater

215 South Main Street




Please note: This event is NOT

included in the VIP Pass


$20.00 per person

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Big River Steampunk Festival, the Big River Steampunk Festival logo, and other names, logos, icons and marks identifying Big River Steampunk Festival products and services are trademarks of Ken and Lisa Marks, co-founders of the Hannibal History Museum, and may not be used without the acquisition of prior written permission.  All rights not expressly granted in this agreement are reserved to the Ken and Lisa Marks. You may not post, distribute, reproduce, or sell in any way, any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information that you do not have legal authorization to use. Although not anticipated, necessary changes to the Schedule of Events, products offered, and any other advertised offerings may be made without prior notice. A portion of the proceeds from the Big River Steampunk Festival benefit the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.