Here & Now

A quick announcement before your weekly round-up: The Circus District will soon be making some exciting changes to its web platform, with the goal of better serving the DMV’s thriving and high-flying circus community. Stay tuned for details as we UP-date you on these awesome developments! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Get your fix of gravitational artistry at tonight’s (4/19) Juggle Jam at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. This fun combination of show-stopping demonstration and hands-on instruction brings you one step closer to owning the circus ring with your incredible manipulation skills. Bring yourself (and a $5 suggested donation) to CHAW at 6 p.m. for this light-hearted, all-levels workshop.

After the juggle jam, observe the world from the most unusual (and enthralling) angles at the DC Weirdo Show’s latest production, Queer Sideshow, featuring acts of juggling, lying on a bed of nails, bellydancing and more. See the show tonight (4/19) at 8 p.m. or tomorrow (4/20) at 7 p.m. at the Dew Drop Inn DC. Get the full rundown and tickets at the DC Weirdo Show website.

Tomorrow (4/20) is World Circus Day, the perfect occasion to celebrate with a few swings on a trapeze, drops on silks, siteswaps in juggling or a good old-fashioned circus parade. Check out the list of events happening across the globe at this link.

Visit the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage on Thursday (4/25) at 6 p.m. to see physical theater troupe Aura CuriAtlas perform their original work Dream Logic. This show is made up of story-rich vignettes that utilize the company’s skills in acrobatics, music and choreography. Visit this link for more information.

Register now for Monarca in Flight’s upcoming C4 Weekend, four days of workshops happening Thursday (4/25) through Sunday (4/28), to include classes in aerial arts, rigging, German wheel, act creation, acrobatics and conditioning. These sessions are all taught by local experts in their respective disciplines. Visit their classes page, click on the class reservation link and choose ‘workshops’ from the top menu to see their specific offerings.

Sunset & Chill, an enchanted gathering of fire and flow at the Olde City Farm & Garden in Northwest DC, returns next Saturday (4/27) from 6-10 p.m. Activities include yoga, live DJs, local vendors and fire spinning for anyone who attends a safety meeting (7 p.m. or 8 p.m.). See the full schedule and ticket prices at this link.

If you love to juggle, spin poi, unicycle or simply marvel at flying objects, mark your calendar for the Congress of Jugglers, May 3rd-5th at University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum. This three-day juggling festival includes workshops, games and a public show on Saturday evening featuring awe-inspiring local performers. From unicycle hockey to an emcee who announces each act from a couch, this local tradition is not to be missed. If you wish to lead a workshop, run a game or help out in any other fashion, message the club on Facebook or email them at

Juggling meet-ups in the coming week include:
  • The University of Maryland juggling club will meet today (4/19) from 4-6 p.m. and Tuesday (4/23) from 5-7 p.m. on McKeldin Mall when the weather is nice and in the Art/Sociology Building’s downstairs atrium when it’s not.
  • The Fairfax Jugglers will meet on Thursday (4/25) from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Key Middle School cafeteria.
Don’t forget to celebrate 423 Day on Tuesday (4/23, duh) by recording your favorite 423 pattern and sharing it with the world (or keeping it to yourself). For inspiration, see last year’s contribution from the Juggle Sensei himself.

April/May Calendar
4/19 Juggle Jam @ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
4/19-20 DC Weirdo Show: Queer Sideshow @ The Dew Drop Inn
4/25 Aura CuriAtlas presents: Dream Logic @ The Kennedy Center
4/25-28 C4 Weekend @ Monarca in Flight
4/27 Sunset & Chill @ Olde City Farm and Garden
5/3-5 Congress of Jugglers @ Univ. of Md. Ritchie Coliseum