Lisa and Ken Marks, founders of the Hannibal History Museum, sponsor of this unique annual festival, are pleased to have some events scheduled indoors this year, where they will not be affected by unpredictable weather.

The boyhood home of Mark Twain, the Mississippi River — the historic town of Hannibal is known as one of the state’s best tourism destinations and now there’s one more reason to visit.

The 2017 Big River Steampunk Festival will be held Sept. 1 through 4 in downtown Hannibal showcasing a myriad of entertainers and events.

Lisa and Ken Marks, founders of the Hannibal History Museum, sponsor of this unique annual festival, are pleased to have some events scheduled indoors this year, where they will not be affected by unpredictable weather.

One is Planters Barn Theater where performances and seminars will continue each day, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, it will host The Big River Murder Mystery.

At noon Sept. 2 the Bluff City Theater will have a performance by Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory. This theater also will offer a film series and more events. And the Star Theater will host an event.

The Mark Twain Museum will give children learning opportunities, and the Hannibal History Museum will have panel discussions, including “Turning Obsessions into Careers” at 4 p.m. Sept. 3.

Outdoor events will again introduce the public to the local lifestyle of the Industrial Revolution, including demonstrations, seminars and contests.

Costume contests are planned each day on Sept. 2, 3 and 4, and another popular contest for the public features facial hair.