Krampusnacht/Bah Humbug Krampus Ball

December 1st @ 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

RESCHEDULED December 21st @ 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

At the corner of naughty and nice, discover Krampusnacht DC, an annual event celebrating the European Krampuslauf tradition. In short, Krampus is the evil counterpart of Saint Nick who punishes misbehaving children, like ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ come to life!

Check your holiday cheer at the door (and find an outlet for your wintry angst) at the Bah Humbug Krampus Ball, featuring performances of contortion, juggling, music, burlesque and more on the Black Cat mainstage. Ticket are available at this link, and sales benefit Santa’s Cause DC, an area nonprofit that provides gifts for youth in the foster system. This in an all-ages event and includes time to visit with Santa and Krampus from 7-8 p.m. prior to the show. Parents are advised to use discretion, as some acts feature adult content.

Visit the Krampusnacht DC website for more information.

7-8 p.m. Santa’s Cause DC benefit reception, kids photos with with Santa and Krampus.

8-11 p.m. After-party with live entertainment.

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Sunset & Chill @ Catharsis on the Mall

November 9th @ 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Check out the hottest (literally and figuratively) regular fire jam in DC, this time in the heart of the nation’s capital! Performing on the opening night of ‘Catharsis — A Vigil for Healing,’ Sunset & Chill offers local fire spinners the opportunity to jam to local DJs while getting their flame on.

The jam will take place at ‘Love Wins’ stage on the north side of the Washington Monument. If you use the entrance just north of the monument walkway, turn left to find the stage.

Fire spinners MUST sign up in advance for this event, and pay particular attention to the rules and regulations of spinning fire on the mall to ensure that this can happen again in the future. To register for the limited number of fire spinning spots, fill out this form. Fire breathing or spinning with long props like jump ropes or whips is strictly prohibited. And unlike Sunset & Chill at the Olde City Farm & Garden, alcohol is not permitted at any Catharsis events.

For more information about Sunset & Chill, visit the Facebook event page. For more information about Catharsis on the Mall (November 9th-11th), visit the event website.

National Mall
Northern side of the Washington Monument
Between 15th St. NW and Constitution Ave. NW

DC Weirdo Show: Sideshow Tarot

October 19th @ 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

Celebrate D.C.’s most eccentric talents in a city that’s stranger than fiction at the DC Weirdo Show: Sideshow Tarot. The line-up includes sword-swallowing, burlesque, drag, levi-wand and more. You’re guaranteed to be surprised, shocked and all-together delighted by this production, which has been a faithful steward of the abnormal arts since 2006.

Get tickets at this link. Follow the DC Weirdo Show on Facebook here.

Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

DC Weirdo Show presents: SpectroCircus!

August 17th @ 8 p.m.

It’s a gorgeous visual treat full of laughs and lights from your friends at the DC Weirdo Show! Everyone gets glow-in-the-dark bracelets to make it a SpectroCircus night you’ll never forget. Featuring cigar box juggling by Saymo Saymo, bellydancing by Rin Ajna, black light yo-yo by Oh Yes Yo, fire play by Coryn Rose and Pyrate, and many more acts to illuminate your evening.

Buy tickets in advance at this link, or for $20 at the door.

Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

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

University of Maryland Gymkana Home Show

April 13th and 14th @ 7 p.m.

See the gymnastics troupe that has been electrifying University of Maryland’s basketball halftime shows and local school assemblies for decades at the Xfinity Center.

Gymkana will dazzle you with their trampoline flips through rings of fire, three-story high ladders held together with acrobats, handstands on towers of chairs and numerous other extraordinary displays during this two-hour show.

Get tickets at this link.

Note: Due to security regulations, all guests will be screened and only clear bags are permitted in the venue.

Xfinity Center
2740 Xfinity Center
College Park, MD 20742

Congress of Jugglers 2018

April 20th-22nd @ Ritchie Coliseum

The University of Maryland Juggling Club is proud to present the Congress of Jugglers 2018 (FB Event Page), their three-day festival celebrating object manipulation and the variety arts. Head to Ritchie Coliseum for open gym juggling, workshops, games and a public show Saturday evening in the Hoff Theater.

Entrance fee is $5 this year, which includes gym access all weekend and your show ticket. If you would like to host a workshop, perform in the show or sell your juggling wares at this festival, contact the UMD Jugglers through their Facebook page or at umdjugglingclub@gmail.com.

Gym Schedule:
Friday 4/20: 5 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday 4/21: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday 4/22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday night show: Hoff Theater @ 8 p.m.
Fire Display: Friday/Saturday
Juggling Games: Saturday/Sunday

Ritchie Coliseum
7675 Baltimore Ave.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Maryland Renaissance Festival

August 26th – October 22nd (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day) @ 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Rain or Shine

If you’ve spent your summer pining for hot apple dumplings and smoked turkey legs, outdoor Shakespeare and harrowing sword swallowing, live glassblowing and handmade tapestries, your wait is finally over! The Maryland Renaissance Festival will fill the void of extravagant costumes, beer steins and jousting in your life, and then some!

Get one-day tickets or season passes at this link.

Circus performers at this year’s festival include sword swallower Johnny Fox (in his 37th season!), Hoop Enchantress Erin Jeannier, comedy jugglers London Broil, extreme stunt performers The Danger Committee, Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy, mime Cybelle Pomeroy, aerial silks artist Elisabeth Herman, flea circus manager James Frank, Chicago-born juggler Jeffrey Daymont, the bendy (and balanced) duo of Acrobatrix, and street magician Todd A. Brown.

1821 Crownsville Rd.

Crownsville, MD 21032

Atomic Doll Productions Presents: Shocked and Amazed!

August 5th @ 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Enter a world of unbelievable sideshow, burlesque and circus feats, featuring sword swallowing, fire arts, archery, anatomical wonders and a wild history lesson with sideshow historian James Taylor. The line-up of performers will include Gigi Deluxe, Tinderbox Circus Sideshow, Velvetina Taylor and Strother Gaines. This event is sponsored by Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Smash!, Bazaar and Subversive Zine.

Tickets are available at this link.

The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

8 Bit Circus S*it

Fridays and Saturdays (7/7, 7/8, 7/14, 7/15, 7/21, 7/22) @ 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show

In 8 Bit Circus S*itPeculiarity Productions will bring video games from the console to the stage through fire arts. If you need a more tantalizing description, this is ‘a show where pyro fighters battle for supremacy and the audience feels the terror of being trapped in the nightmare world of Silent Hill.’ So yeah… this is gonna be awesome.

Tickets $17, Fringe button also required.
Old City Farm and Guild
925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.