Since 1974. Peoria's largest Riverfront Festival located on the banks of the Illinois River. Taking place on the Riverfront in downtown Peoria, the annual Steamboat Days Festival combines a bigger, better carnival, delicious food and drinks, great musical entertainment and more in a family-friendly atmosphere! This year's festival includes the bigger and better carnival featuring a monstrous 65 foot Ferris Wheel and other rides and games. Steamboat Days Festival will celebrate Peoria’s Riverfront and attract families to a wide variety of events, including concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a bags tournament, and other fun activities for all ages! Again this year, the Steamboat Classic race starts at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday ending in the soccer field with a post-race party and awards presentations until 11am.