Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 20th and 21st @ 7:30 p.m.

December 22nd and 23rd @ 2 p.m.

Enjoy a world full of talented circus artists in the form of penguins on rola bolas, reindeer skipping rope, toy soldiers on slack wire and more in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. This two-hour holiday-themed show brings ornaments to life, with live singing and hundreds of props and costumes to delight the whole family.

Get tickets at this link.

Theater at MGM National Harbor
101 MGM National Ave.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

November 16th – January 1st @ 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (plus 8 p.m. shows on Saturdays)

Enjoy a heartwarming holiday spectacle featuring a talented cast from Cirque Dreams in Unwrapped, a 25-minute show featuring acrobatics and aerial displays. Purchase guaranteed seats at this link, or line up early the day of for limited complimentary tickets.

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center — Atrium
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

Cirque du Soleil presents: Crystal

December 5th-9th @ Capitol One Arena

Dive into a world of acrobatics, aerial, juggling and extreme sports, all performed on ice in Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal. Watch with delight as the show’s main character skates her way through her own imagination on a journey of self-discovery in this thrilling tale of empowerment and liberation.

Buy tickets at this link.

Capital One Arena
601 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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

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

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

Universoul Circus

May 30th – June 17th @ Security Square, Baltimore

June 21st – July 22nd @ National Harbor

See the circus that opened last year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival with a bang, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The show frequently features stilt walking, fire manipulation, contortion, clowning and wheel of death, among other acts from around the world.

Buy tickets at this link.

Security Square
6901 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244

National Harbor
204 Waterfront St.
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Active Flexibility Workshops

June 8th @ 6:30-8 p.m. (One-Time Workshop)

June 12th/19th/26th and July 3rd @ 7-8:30 p.m. (Workshop Series)

Learn how to safely increase your range of motion through a variety of exercises with instructor Jessica John. This workshop uses a dynamic warm-up sequence, soft-tissue preparation, nerve glides and muscle activation to allow you to improve muscular efficiency, build strength and heighten motor control. These exercises are geared toward aerialists, athletes, dancers, yogis and movement teachers.

You may also take advantage of a four-week Tuesday evening workshop series to enhance specific types of flexibility, including front splits (Week 1), shoulders (Week 2), middle splits (Week 3) and back (Week 4).

Register under the ‘Workshops’ tab at this link.

The Elements Center
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite 217
Washington, D.C. 20007

https://elementscenter.com/

Hand to Hand Contemporary Circus Festival

May 29th – June 3rd @ FringeArts Philadelphia

Take a road trip to Philadelphia for an incredible display of circus arts at Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. Find all the information and tickets at this link.

The lineup includes Montreal-based Barcode Circus Company performing Sweat & Ink, a surrealistic exploration of society’s relationship to memory and time. Their performers use cigar box juggling, Russian bar, hand to hand and aerial hoop to develop this theme and explain how our brains can remodel our recollections.

Also enjoy Circadium’s Innovations, a showcase of nine artists from the recently founded circus school in Philadelphia. They will perform 12 ensemble-based acts including hoop diving, juggling and contortion with live musical accompaniment.

At Test Flights, you’ll see some of the regions most ground-breaking circus artists workshop their new material that cross-pollinates with other art forms. Performers include Kyle Driggs and Andrea Murillo, members of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Sasha Harrington and Andrew Adams, Nicole Burgio and more.

Don’t miss this incredible event that represents the bright future of contemporary circus!

Schedule:
May 29th
8 p.m. Innovations, Tickets $10

May 31st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under

June 1st
8 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 2nd
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Circus Midway (hands-on circus activities with Circadium), Free
2 p.m. Sweat and Ink, Tickets $15 adult, $10 12 and under
June 3rd
7 p.m. Test Flights, Free

FringeArts
140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Undefined Fútbol Fest

May 26th @ 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Undefined Fútbol is one of the largest organizers of freestyle soccer events in the United States, and they regularly host events in D.C. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to freestyle soccer, all levels are welcome at Undefined Fútbol Fest. The afternoon features beginner, intermediate and advanced battles, skill shares and free pizza. Don’t hesitate to join this fun and encouraging group to watch and learn amazing soccer moves from the region’s best. Learn more at this link.

Georgetown Waterfront Park (follow above link for exact location pin)
3303 Water St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007