Expand your cranial capacity through our series of scintillating topics and fascinating panels held in four locations: The Main Street Stage, the Great Midway Stage in Kiwanis Park, The Mark Twain Museum Gallery Auditorium (120 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor), and The Planters Barn Theater (319 N. Main Street).  Learn costuming, prop making, Victoriana and much more! Seminars are FREE to all attendants, however, some of the “Make-N-Takes” do have fees for materials which are to be paid to the presenter at the time of the workshop. For times and locations please see “Schedule of Events” on this website and on signs posted throughout the Festival.


Character and World Building 101 with Airship Isabella


Mini Fascinator Make-N-Take with Steam and Gears ($12 Fee)


Steampunk and its Influences with Airship Iron Rose


Building Your Cosplay Wardrobe with Chaos Emporium


Masquerade Mask Make-N-Take with Bobbi Dupoy ($10 Fee)


Modeling and Cosplay For Photography and Video with Amy Wilder


Steampunk Jewelry Make-N-Take with Steam Pop Creations ($20 Fee)


Victorian Bartending with April Azotea


Steampunk Live Model Sketch Up with Patricia Garey


Millinery Headband Make-N-Take with Family Creations ($10 Fee)


“Trashpunk”: Creative Costuming on a Budget with Children of Proteus


Weapons in the Victorian Age with Airship Iron Rose


Nerf Repurposing Workshop with RUST L.A.R.P.

($10 Fee, bring your own Nerf Pistol)


The Business of Death with Thomas Dean Willeford


Victorian Obsessions: Ghosts, Theosophy and Seances with Doc Phineas


Leatherworking with Airship Isabella


Makeup For Cosplay with Children of Proteus


Adding History to Alternative History with Thomas Dean Willeford


The Real Victorian World with Amy Wilder


Steampunk Fine Art Painting Party with Bobbi Dupoy ($25 Fee)


Inside Brute Force Studios with Thomas Dean Willeford


Victorian Etiquette with Airship Isabella


Turning Obsessions Into Careers - Panel Discussion


Steampunk That Really Existed with Thomas Willeford


Writing and Self-Publishing for Fantasy and SciFi with Children of Proteus


“Into the Badlands”: Creating Props for Television with Airship Isabella


Starting an Airship or LARP Group with RUST L.A.R.P.


Defense Against the Dark Arts with Doc Phineas

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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