Premium Events by Date and Time:


Friday, August 31


Dead Like Me Murder Mystery, 6:00pm - 9:00

2nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Fermented Alchemy, 7:00pm-10:000

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, 11:00pm - Midnight

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, Midnightt - 1:00am


Saturday, September 1


Vintage Styling: Hair and Makeup with Eva La Feva, Noon - 1:00pm

Big River Fashion and Iced Tea Social, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Shenannigans with the ScallyWags, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Burlesque Basics with Eva La Feva, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pre-show Dinner at The Star Theater, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Western World with The Cog Is Dead, 6:15pm - 8:45pm

Pirates of the Mississippi Riverboat Cruise, 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Ooh, La La! Bawdy Burlesque, 11:00pm - 12:30am

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, 11:00pm - Midnight

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, Midnightt - 1:00am



Sunday, September 2


Vintage Styling: Hair and Makeup with Eva La Feva, Noon - 1:00pm

A Titanic Tea, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Shenannigans with the ScallyWags, 4:00pm - 5;00pm

Burlesque Basics with Eva La Feva, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sideshow Buffet at The Rialto, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Carnivale Bizarre with Frenchy and the Punk, 6:15pm - 8;45pm

Steameasy Riverboat Cruise, 9:00pm - 10:30pm

Seduction by Gaslight Burlesque, 11:00pm - 12:30am

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, 11:00pm - Midnight

Judas and Magnolia Contact the Dead Occultist Aleister Crowley, Midnightt - 1:00am


All times approximate!!!


Western World

feat. The Cog is Dead with The Ragged Blade Band


Are you a robotic "Host", a "Newcomer" (Guest) of the park, or one of the Delos "Staff"? The choice is yours at this special, full immersion Cosplay Event! Based on the 1973 Michael Chrichton movie and current HBO series "Westworld", this Big River version allows you to join The Game and interact with the Hosts (unless you decide to be a Host, yourself!) Specially themed entertainment includes The Ragged Blade Band from St. Louis as well as one of the most important and successful Steampunk bands in the genre, "The Cog Is Dead". Don't miss this extra special Cosplay and Concert Event!


Saturday, Sept. 1st

Doors open for Dinner at 5:00pm

Doors open for Show Ticket Holders at 6:15

Concert begins at approx. 7:00pm

At The Star Theater, 215 S. Broadway


$25.00 per person for Pre-Show Dinner

$25.00 per person for Concert

The Star Theater

Carnivale Bizarre

feat. Frenchy and the Punk with Carnival Epsilon


The Carnivale Bizzare is in town for one night only! Witness the spectacle of thrilling performances by Carnival Epsilon and welcome back to Hannibal one of the most popular Steampunk bands beloved the world over, Frenchy and the Punk! Sideshow Buffet featuring a variety of fun foods may be purchased separately.


Sunday, Sept. 2

Dinner Seating begins at 5:00pm

Doors open for Show Ticket Holders at 6:15pm

Concert begins at approx. 7:00pm

At The Rialto, 603 Broadway


$25.00 per person for Carnival Show

$18.00 per person for Sideshow Buffet Dinner

Carnival Epsilon

The Rialto

Pirates of the Mississippi

Feat. The ScallyWags

       with Fishbones and Scurvy

Aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat



Mark Twain Riverboat

The Second Annual Meeting of the

Society for Fermented Alchemy


You spoke -- we listened. You wanted a kick-off event on Friday night of the Festival. You wanted to hob nob with world-class entertainers, meet the vendors of the Great Midway, and fellowship with other Steampunkers who have gathered in Hannibal from around the globe. Here's your chance! Music, food, wine and beer tastings, and a complimentary souvenir glass will be offered for the ultimate in Meet & Greet parties. The perfect way to begin the festivities of the Big River Steampunk Festival weekend!


Friday, August 31

Gate opens at 7:00pm

Under the Big Tent at Bird & Main Streets


$15.00 per person includes limited

edition souvenir glass

Those rascally Steampunk pirates, the ScallyWags, have taken over the Mississippi along with their musical counterparts, Fishbones and Scurvy! Formerly known as The Rum Runners, this musical duo will capture the audience and force them to attend the Release Party of their new album "Under the Gallows Tree" aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat! Be captivated, literally and figuratively, as you enjoy the 90 minute moonlight cruise on the Mississippi River, either in the Victorian dance saloon or on your choice of the outside open air decks.


Saturday, Sept. 1

Boarding begins at 8:45pm, cruise departs at 9:00pm

Board the Mark Twain Riverboat on the Levee at the foot of Center Street


$28.00 per person

ScallyWags photo

courtesy Bekah Wenger

Steameasy Riverboat Cruise

Feat. Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers

Aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat


So much fun, we pretend it's illegal! Celebrating the prohibition days of the speakeasy, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers play in a scenario where the only way to safely serve spirits is to be adrift on the Mississippi. Swing the night away on this 90 minute moonlight cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. Step outside the Victorian Ballroom onto one of the open-air decks and experience the majesty of cruising up the mighty Mississippi River under the stars. 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!

Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers

Sunday, Sept. 2nd

Boarding begins at 8:45pm

Cruise departs at 9:00pm

Board the Mark Twain Riverboat on the Levee at the foot of Center Street


$28.00 per person

Big River Fashion and Iced Tea Social


Enjoy refreshing iced teas and a light sampling of gastronomic delicacies as the Big River Steampunk Festival's finest vendors and designers unveil the latest in neo-vintage apparel and accessories! You also receive a souvenir glass to enjoy the bevy of beverages made available. A Fashion Show to rival no other in Time Traveling Couture!


Saturday, Sept. 1st


Under the Big Tent

Corner of Bird & Main Streets


$20.00 per person

Photo of Amy Wilder

by RaVen, taken at

Wild Wild West Con 7, 2018

Costume by Thomas Dean Willeford, Brute Force Studios

A Titanic Tea

feat. Lisa Marks as

The 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown


All Aboard R.M.S. Titanic! Dress in your finest Edwardian fashion and join your host, Hannibal's own The "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, for a proper afternoon tea. Hear tales of  Titanic and take home your very own souvenir teacup and saucer as a prized artifact from the fateful cruise. Specialty hot teas and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Sunday, Sept. 2nd


The Rialto

603 Broadway


$20.00 per person

Ooh, La La Bawdy Review

Saturday, Sept. 1

Late-Night Burlesque with your host Dashing Sammy Tramp


Professional Burlesque showcased once again at Big River! These fine performers will enchant you -- with some special surprises as well. Saturday night's special Burley-Que will be just a bit more raucous than the more sophisticated edition on Sunday night.


Must be 21 years of age to attend.


Saturday, Sept. 1st


The Star Theater

215 S. Main Street


$18.00 per person

Amy Wilder

Photo by by Manny Llanura

Sio Bast

Photo by Shannon Brown

Seduction by Gaslight

Sunday, Sept. 2

Late-Night Burlesque with your host Sammy Tramp


Sophisticated and Steamy, this special Sunday night Burlesque Show features professional  performers in a much more seductive, sultry vibe than Saturday's Bawdy Revue --  Chicago's Sally Marvel, Eva La Feva, and Sio Bast; From St.Louis, Jameson Peligro and Jewcy James; and direct from their new home in Nashville, Dashing Sammy and Darling Violet. Other special performances are also scheduled.


Must be 21 years of age to attend.


Sunday, Sept. 2nd


The Rialto

603 Broadway


$18.00 per person

Darling Violet

Photo by Russell Matthews

Jameson Peligro

Dashing Sammy Tramp

Jewcy James

Photo by Jonathan Asher

Amy Wilder

Photo by by

Brandy Jaquet

Shenanigans with the ScallyWags


You may THINK you've seen the ScallyWags perform on Main Street, but you've never seen them quite like this...Somewhere between Steampunk-inspired improv and game show, the ScallyWags call "Shenanigans!" with the help of a few special guests at Bluff City Theater. Hilarity will ensue! Warning: audience participation is highly encouraged....


Saturday, Sept.1 and Sunday, Sept. 2


Bluff City Theater

212 Broadway


$12.00 per person

Photo by Chris Chii Antolin

Burlesque Basics Breakdown

feat. Eva La Feva


A one-hour crash course that teaches burlesque-inspired movement, including how to perform controlled chest shimmies, hip articulations (bumps and grinds), showgirl poses, and some dance basics. Chicago-based burlesque performer and producer Eva la Feva will teach some real-world tips and tricks like how to walk in heels and how to angle your body to take great pictures. Great basic tools/drills for newer dancers or movers - no dance experience necessary. Bring clothing you can move comfortably in, heels you can safely move in (optional). Sorry, THERE WILL BE NO NUDITY OR STRIPTEASE IN CLASS.


For Adults 21 and older.


Saturday, Sept.1 and Sunday, Sept. 2


Location TBA


$20.00 per person

Dead! Like Me -- Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Presented by Jest Mysteries and Mark Twain Dinette


Welcome back to the land of the living!  Why the welcome?  Because you’re dead. That’s right, and you have teleported to the land of the living for a union meeting of The Brotherhood of Obituary Occupants (BOO!).


This show is for everyone already dead. That’s right. You’re a ghost,…and P. T. Barnum, who is up to his usual tricks, is trying to include you in his latest scheme! But what do you threaten a dead man with?


However, someone finds a way to do him in. Who did it? The guy across the room? The lady across the table? Or,…maybe….you?


Regardless, we promise you a great time at,… Dead! Like Me!


Friday, August 31st

Mix and Mingle begins at 6:00pm

Show begins 7:00pm

At the Mark Twain Dinette

400 N. Third Street


$44.95 per person includes dinner -- tickets must be purchased directly from The Mark Twain Dinette,

Click HERE to purchase tickets to this special event!

Contact the Dead Occultist Aliester Crowley

feat. Judas and Magnolia


Judas and Magnolia will be conducting a series of Victorian séances and you are invited to attend this demonstration of spirit theater. The session will be held in a recreated Victorian séance chamber contained within a handcrafted wooden “Vardo” complete with the style, aesthetic, and mood of the spiritualist heyday. Aleister Crowley, also known as The Beast or the most evil man who ever lived, was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. A prolific writer, he published widely over the course of his life. This theatrical Victorian seance is an intimate and immersive theatrical experience using the authentic style and techniques of Victorian mediums to recreate a seance of the late 1800s. Table tipping, glass moving, pendulums, and more will be performed during each session. Led by Judas and Magnolia, a St. Louis-based husband and wife team of award winning entertainers and illusionists. With years of experience they have brought laugh out loud comedy and thrilling suspense filled theater to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and North Africa. They can be found performing at festivals, conferences, and street corners around the world.


Each séance session seats a maximum of only SEVEN ticketed guests. Each guest will receive a palm reading, the opportunity to participate in a recreated Victorian séance, and a small take home gift.


For Adults 21 and older.


Friday, August 31; Saturday, Sept.1; and Sunday, Sept. 2

Two seatings nightly: 11:00pm and Midnight

In the Vardo parked on Main Street


$50.00 per person

Judas and Magnolia

Vintage Styling: Hair and MakeUp

feat. Eva La Feva


Do you love victory rolls and pin curls? Looking for some makeup tips and tricks to create a dramatic look for your Steampunk character? Watch Eva la Feva as she walks through a live demonstration of how to shake up your look. Please bring makeup, bobby pins, and hair ties.


 Saturday, Sept.1 and Sunday, Sept. 2

12:00 Noon

At Main Street Vintage Market

308 N. Main Street


$15.00 per person

Labor Day Brunchtopia

Outdoor Brunch in the Airship Village


Gather with friends and enjoy the final day of the Festival at the Labor Day Brunchtopia. Gourmet Buffet features the following:

Black Bean Avocado Hash

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Breakfast Empanadas

Biscuits With Apple Butter

       or Bacon Onion Jam

Fresh Fruit

(Non-alcoholic beverage included, Mimosas and Bloody Mary Bar available for additional purchase).


Monday, Sept. 3


Under the Big Tent, Bird and N. Main Streets


$15.00 Per Person


Historic Hannibal Home and Architectural Tour



Here's a special opportunity to visit the magnificent Victorian homes and architecturally significant buildings of Hannibal! Some of the most beautiful, and unusual, locations in Hannibal will open their doors and share their history and stories with you. Visit Mansions located on Millionaires' Row in the Central Park Historic District, Victorian-era buildings in the Main Street and Broadway historic districts, and unique homes tucked around the bluffs surrounding downtown. Homeowners and caretakers will greet you and escort you through their private spaces -- photo opportunities abound for those Steampunkers in costume!


Monday, Sept. 3rd

Noon - 3:00pm

Self-guided tours, map to homes will be provided during the Festival


$10.00 Per Person



Big River Steampunk Festival

is Presented By:

Ken and Lisa Marks

to benefit the

Hannibal History Museum Foundation

200 N. Main Street

Hannibal, MO 63401

(573) 248-1819

a 501(c)(3) Missouri non-profit corporation

Federal ID (EIN): 46-4772316

IRS DLN# 17053062337044

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