The following events will require a purchased ticket to gain entry.

Click on the titles below to be directed to detailed descriptions of each event.



About Purchasing Tickets:


Please note: Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. Many events have limited seating and may be sold out before the Festival begins, so purchase your tickets as soon as you are able. Schedule is subject to change without prior notice, however, all attempts will be made to provide events as advertised and if an event is canceled by the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, full refunds will be issued for that event.


You will be able to purchase tickets online securely via PayPal -- all tickets are a tax-deductible donation to the Hannibal History Museum Foundation, a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Confirmation of your purchase will be made via eMail -- if your Paypal eMail is not accurate, be sure to eMail us at so that we have your current information on file. You may pick up your tickets at the Hannibal History Museum at 200 North Main Street either ahead of the event or on the day-of.


If you require a refund of your ticket(s), requests must be received by Noon on August 11, 2017. No refunds will be given after that date and time unless an event is canceled by the Hannibal History Museum Foundation.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the Hannibal History Museum at (573) 248-1819 or eMail






Concert Event featuring:

     Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings

     This Way To The Egress

and Steampunk Haute Couture Fashion Show


Dancing! Food! Drink! Merch! Masquerade!


Don your most exotic Steampunk mask and prepare to party the night away at the Big River Masquerade! The magnificent Star Theater, a vaudeville and movie palace built in 1906, provides a splendid venue to immerse you in another place and time.


The party kicks off with a magnificent Steampunk Fashion Show showcasing the fantastical designs of Great Midway Vendors, entertainers, and cosplayers culminating in the Grand Finale featuring the fashions of St. Louis-based multimedia artist “The Countess” Victoria L. Szulc.


Then, at 7:00pm, enjoy the amazing Concert Experience of two nationally known recording artists, This Way To The Egress and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.


Dancing, Ala Carte menu, Cash Bar, themed merchandise and other surprises make this event the premiere party of the Big River Steampunk Festival!


Saturday, Sept. 2nd

Doors open at 6:00pm

Fashion Show begins at 6:30pm

Concert begins at 7:00pm


Star Theater, 215 S. Main Street


Masquerade! Tickets: $20.00 per person

"The Countess"

Victoria L. Szulc

The Star Theater

Eli August and

the Abandonded Buildings

This Way to the Egress

The Inaugural 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 wine 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, Sept. 1st

Doors open at 7:00pm

Cave Hollow West Winery in the Cave Hollow Complex


"SFA" Tickets: $15.00 per person includes limited

edition souvenir wine glass

Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers

Time Traveler's Ball

Feat. Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers

Aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat


Step back 150 years to the genteel days of Antebellum Hannibal for an elegant cotillion aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat!  Dance the night away to the musical stylings of Miss Jubilee as they inject their unique variety of authentic Hot Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm & Blues to the sounds of the night! 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 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!


Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 9:00pm - 10:45pm


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


Time Traveler's Ball Tickets: $28.00 ea

Mark Twain Riverboat

Frankenstein's Lab with Professor Sparks

at Bluff City Theater


In this electrifying event making its debut at the Big River Steampunk Festival, see the high voltage special effects devices used in vintage movies such as Frankenstein (1931), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) , The Vanishing Shadow (1934), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Young Frankenstein (1974) and others live on stage – arcing, sparking and throwing spectacular electrical bolts just as they did on the set when originally filmed!


• Learn about the history of these devices, such as Ken Strickfaden, the man who created many of the first high voltage special effects for movies as well as Nikola Tesla, the scientist who gave us the electricity we know and use today.


• See the high voltage special effects devices operating again live on stage for the first time since the filming of these classic films in the early 20th century.


• Witness one of Tesla’s greatest inventions, the Tesla Coil, generating nearly a half million volts throwing its large arcs and sparks live on stage


• See a live demonstration of the “electric chair” effect reminiscent of carnival side shows where Miss Electra is completely impervious to electricity with electric arcs and flames emanating from her fingers.


Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab is a unique and extraordinary event steeped in electrical history, movie history, and spectacular (yet safe) visual displays of high voltage arcs, sparks and bolts of electricity demonstrated live on stage by Professor Sparks. Attendees have called the show “the highlight of the convention” and said, “It’s like watching the History Channel, only live!”


Saturday, Sept. 2nd Noon - 1:15pm  SOLD OUT

Sunday, Sept. 3rd Noon - 1:15pm  SOLD OUT

Sunday, Sept. 3rd 7:30 - 8:45pm  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE


At the Bluff City Theater, 212 Broadway

Tickets: $12.00 per person

Professor Sparks

Bluff City Theater

Photos Courtesy of

John Grzywycz

'Steam'feld Follies

at Finn's Food & Spirits


Harkening back to the days of the glorious Ziegfeld Follies, the Big River version will make you laugh, you'll cry, you'll become spellbound as you enjoy the talent and showmanship of the remarkable performers appearing in The Follies! This melange of variety acts from across the United States will delight audiences of all ages -- escape artists, aerials and trapeze, musicians, comedians, jugglers, the wealth of talent in one place will astound and delight you! This is by far the most popular event of the Big River Steampunk Festival, be sure to reserve your tickets in advance -- you won't want to miss it!


Saturday, Sept. 2 -- 4:00 - 5:30pm

Sunday, Sept. 3 -- 4:00 - 5:30pm


Finn's Food & Spirits, 214 N. Main Street


'Steam'feld Follies Tickets: $15.00 ea


Sammy Tramp

Eva La Feva

Judas and Magnolia

Melinda Kaye

Crazy Boy Coy

Doc Phineas

The Burley-Que!

Late-Night Entertainment with your host Sammy Tramp


Aerialists! Comedians! Rowdy Rogue Pirates! Naughty Novelty Songs from the Turn-of-the-20th Century! Have a rollicking good time of music and mirth featuring an amazing bill of after-hours entertainment geared for Adults Only.


And you never know what Sanjula will do next...!!!


Must be 21 years of age to attend.


Saturday, Sept. 2nd at 10:00pm

Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 11:00pm


Finn's Food & Spirits, 214 N. Main Street


The Burley-Que Tickets: $18.00 ea

Sammy Tramp

Photo by

Jason Brown

Amy Wilder

Photo by by Manny Llanura

Darling Violet

Photos Courtesy

of Aimee Mitchell

Sio Bast

Sanjula Vamana

QPEX Church

Investigating with Dowsing Rods

Haunted Hannibal Nocturnal Paranormal Adventure

A full paranormal investigation of the Old Catholic Church with Doc Phineas



Not for the faint of heart, on this late-night guided "investigation" of the old church which dates to 1884, you will search for signs of paranormal activity using the Haunted Hannibal dowsing may keep your rods as a souvenir!


Also, join Swami Doc Phineas for Interactive Psychic Empowerment and an exploration of the spirits who may be present in this notoriously haunted location!


We cannot guarantee that you will have a Paranormal Experience in any of the spots you'll explore on your Paranormal Adventure -- but we cannot guarantee that you won't, either! Experience the phenomenon for yourself in this fun, spooky adventure brought to you by Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours and Dr. Phineas T. Kastle.


Saturday, Sept. 2nd at 11:30pm

Length of tour depends on how much fun we're having, but generally lasts 60-90 minutes


Qpex Church, 515 Lyon Street

Shuttle from Main Street will be available


Paranormal Adventure Tickets: $20.00 ea

(includes your own pair of dowsing rods!)



Swami Doc Phineas

Photo couresy of Steampunk Agent Owl

British Raj Afternoon Tea

with Swami Dr. Phineas T. Kastle



Victorians were fascinated to visit all corners of the British Empire, and no destination

was more exotic and foreign than the home of the Taj Mahal! Celebrate the pagentry

and spiritualism of India with a true expert of Asian antiquities and customs, Dr.

Phineas T. Kastle. Learn the customs and traditions of the British Raj as you enjoy

Chai, Samosas, and other treats. Each guest may take their specially designed teacup and saucer home as a souvenir! Don't forget your pith helmets and colorful silks!




Saturday, Sept. 2nd 2:30 - 3:30  SOLD OUT


Sunday, Sept. 3rd 2:30 - 3:30  TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE


At the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main


British Raj Tea Tickets: $20.00 ea includes

limited edition souvenir cup and saucer

Sunday, Sept. 3rd 2:30 - 3:30

Big River Murder Mystery

"The Great Airship Race"

Featuring the St. Louis Murder Mystery Company


An all new adventure for 2017!

Smaller group sizes this year!


It is September 1898.  The “Great Airship War” has passed into history and the public has become interested in more practical uses for airships.

In August the New York World newspaper, sensing this trend of popularity, announced an airship race from New York to San Francisco, with a $50,000.00 prize for the ship with the best time.  Who knew that one of the airships would be found drifting in the wind near Hannibal, Missouri...with the crew dead at the controls.


The St. Louis Murder Mystery Company invites you to participate in this fascinating, interactive mystery. Prizes will be awarded for the best Male and Female answers -- this is your chance to sleuth in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Who!


Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 2:30pm   SOLD OUT

Sunday, Sept. 3rd at 6:00pm   SOLD OUT


Planters Barn Theater, 319 N. Main Street


"The Great Airship Race" Tickets: $12.00 ea


We're sorry, this event has sold out!


Labor Day Brunchtopia

Outdoor Brunch in the Airship Village


Gather with all your Steampunk friends for a delightful outdoor catered brunch. Sip a mimosa while you reminisce about the weekend’s festivities and plan your final day of the 2017 Big River Steampunk Festival. This special event has limited seating, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance!


Monday, Sept. 4th  10:00am - Noon


Airship Village, corner of Bird & Main streets


Brunchtopia Tickets: $12.00 ea

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. 4th, Noon - 3:00pm

Self-guided tours, map to homes will be provided


Historic Homes Tour Tickets: $10.00 ea


Big River Steampunk Festival

is Presented By:

Ken and Lisa Marks

Co-Founders, Hannibal History Museum

200 N. Main Street

Hannibal, MO 63401

(573) 248-1819

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

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