Gymkana Flip-A-Thon

November 10th @ 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Gymkana is the University of Maryland’s long-running gymnastics troupe, dedicated to drug- and alcohol-free living and advocating healthy lifestyles to our youth. Support their mission at their annual Flip-A-Thon, where the current roster of student acrobats will work to complete as many flips as possible in 20 minutes. Last year they got 1,144 — will they go higher this year? Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.

This event is free, but donations are encouraged. You can donate in multiple ways:

  • Contact a Gymkana member in advance.
  • Attend the Flip-A-Thon and pledge a certain amount per flip (i.e. five cents, one dollar etc.)
  • Donate online at this link.
  • Mail checks (made out to ‘UMCP Foundation’) to this address:

UMD Gymkana
4200 Valley Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Flip-A-Thon location:
Gymnastics Gym (Room 1120)
School of Public Health Building
College Park, MD 20742

Sunset & Chill

October 20th @ 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Discover a night of fire spinning, yoga, great DJs, prop vendors, art exhibitions and more at Sunset & Chill. This continuing series of spin jams is a great introduction to the fire community in D.C., and an awesome opportunity to get in on the burn. The organizers will also be raffling off a set of glitterbomb contact poi from Flowtoys to one lucky guest.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information or to RSVP.

$10 – adults,
$5 — accompanying child (12 and under)
$5 – fire spinners
$5 add-on for yoga class — bring your own mat
FREE if you’re wearing a Sunset & Chill tee or hoodie — buy here
Cash or credit is accepted at the door. This event is BYOB.

DJ Schedule:

6 p.m.: Wade Hammes
7 p.m.: StrikeStone!
8 p.m.: Baronhawk
9 p.m.: Beat Kitty

Olde City Farm & Garden
925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Paradise Found: Paradise by the Jack ‘O Lantern Light

October 26th @ 10:30 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. show

To quote Meatloaf, “It never felt so good, it never felt so right, and we’re glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife.” They’ve got sideshow beauties! They’ve got dirty ditties! They’ve got pole dancing! New York Burlesque Scene Queen Honi Harlow and Alt. Dragster Lucrezia Blozia will get your Halloween weekend (and your pulse) revved up with Paradise Found: Paradise by the Jack O’ Lantern Light! Paradise Found is a new variety show at Jordin’s Paradise Wellness Center and Dance Studio in Dupont Circle.

Dirty ditties by Eva Brontosaurus
Lyra and Pole by Val Oliphant
Pole and Lyra by Fernando Maldonado
Sideshow by Sally Cinch
Burlesque by Short Staxx
Chanteusin’ by Honi Harlow

Tickets are $10 at the door. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page here. This show is BYOB.

Jordin’s Paradise
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20035

Circus District: Juggle Jam

October 19th @ 6 p.m.

Join experienced juggler Christian Kloc for a night of juggling demonstration, practice and performance. With an upbeat soundtrack and instruction for all levels, Circus District’s Juggle Jam helps your juggling talents flourish. This one-hour workshop starts with a short demo, moves into hands-on juggling practice and finishes with a collaborative performance in which students take the center ring!

Costs a $5 suggested donation to CHAW’s tuition assistance program.

RSVP at the Facebook event page, or just show up!

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

The New Chinese Acrobats

November 9th @ 7:30 p.m.

Prepare for an amazing display of classic Chinese acrobatics fused with modern techniques in the New Chinese Acrobats. This troupe has performed acts in the Monte Carlo Circus Festival and the World Circus Festival in Paris. In this show, they’ve collaborated with Montreal-based company Cirque Éloize to create an extraordinary experience of raw talent and beautiful staging that you won’t want to miss.

Get tickets at this link.

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Garden Brothers Circus

October 15th-16th @ 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Grab your popcorn and cotton candy and celebrate the traditional circus with Garden Bros. Circus. The cast of 60 performers comes from 18 countries and includes contortionists, trapeze artists, acrobats, aerialists, motorcycle daredevils, animal trainers and more. The show is 90 minutes in length.

Get tickets at this link.

UMBC Event Center
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Chinese Warriors of Peking

October 28th @ 4 p.m.

Behold incredible acts of juggling, acrobatics, contortion, weapons manipulation, hoop diving and live stage combat at this high-intensity reenactment of China’s annual martial arts competition from the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese Warriors of Peking present visually stunning productions and have toured their slack wire act internationally with Cirque du Soleil.

Get tickets at this link.

Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Sticksout Baltimore

December 8th-9th

Sticksout Baltimore is the place to share and learn all about single staff, nunchaku, double staff, triads or buugeng. This two-day event provides access to a 24-hour practice space and a ticket to the Saturday night showcase.

Register at this link ASAP (registration is limited to 30 participants). Visit the Facebook event page for more information, and contact Noel Yee ( with any questions.

Creative Labs
1786b Union Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211


The Fig Tree Waltzes

October 4th & 5th @ 8 p.m., October 6th @ 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., October 7th @ 3 p.m.

Seattle’s contemporary circus troupe Acrobatic Conundrum visits the east coast to perform ‘The Fig Tree Waltzes,’ a show that combines dance and circus, pushing its performers to their physical limits to portray humanity’s persistent fight against overwhelming odds.

Tickets are available at this link.

Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

All Aerial Student Showcase @TSNY-DC

September 28th @ 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

See a talented group of student aerialists perform in the All Aerial Student Showcase at the Trapeze School of New York (DC) in Navy Yard. Enjoy an array of thrilling aerial routines on silks, straps, static trapeze, lyra, rope and Spanish web. With your ticket, you also receive an entry into a raffle for a free class at TSNY-DC.

Find tickets ($20 adults, $12 youth 12 and under) by searching for 9/28 on the class registration page of the TSNY-DC website. Note that youth and adult tickets must be purchased through separate transactions.

The show is approximately one hour in length.

Trapeze School of New York (DC)
1299 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003