December 1st @ 5 p.m. – 11:30 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! Fear not, however, because the reception and parade are kid-friendly and benefit Santa’s Cause DC, a non-profit providing Christmas gifts for youth in the DC foster system.
Circus activities include fire arts by Peculiarity Productions and juggling by Christian Kloc. Other entertainment includes the electrifying Batala Washington drummers, the Foggy Bottom Morris Men, DJs and more!
Buy tickets at this link (children 12-under with a guardian get in for free).
Note: All activities except for parade take place at Gallery O on H. Visit the Krampusnacht DC website for more information.
5 p.m. Santa’s Cause DC benefit reception with Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s activities, live entertainment and kids’ costume contest
7:15 p.m. Krampuslauf walk around H Street NE
9-11 p.m. After-party (21+) with Krampus, Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and costume contest.
Gallery O on H
1354 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
November 16th at 8 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show
Enjoy the best of Baltimore burlesque in the heart of DC at ‘Gilded Lily presents: Limelight Cabaret’ on the Black Cat main stage. The show features the glamour, glitz and unforgettable talents of GiGi Holliday, Mab Just Mab, Maria Bella, Ruby Spruce, Callie Pigeon and Caza Blanca.
Grab tickets at this link.
Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
December 14th-16th @ Richmond Waldorf School
Spend a weekend in RVA for their second annual juggling convention, featuring open juggling, workshops and a Saturday night show. This year’s featured act is Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth, the ‘hilarious juggling juggernauts’ from Asheville, North Carolina. See the Facebook event page for more details.
Looking for cheap and beautiful housing? Check out Richmond’s recently opened (and super hip) HI Hostel at this link.
Richmond Waldorf School
1301 Robin Hood Road
Richmond, VA 23227
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
November 30th @ 8 p.m.
December 1st @ 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy Kevin Lee’s one-of-a-kind blend of comedy, magic and juggling. Kevin’s comedic journey began in Washington, D.C., so you won’t want to miss the homecoming of his hilarious and awe-inspiring act. He has appeared on Showtime at the Apollo, Def Comedy Jam and Jamie Foxx’s Uptown Comedy Club, and throughout his career has shared stages with Gladys Knight, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Whitney Houston, Chris Tucker and Sinbad.
Visit this link for tickets. To learn more about Kevin Lee, visit his website.
The Comedy Loft @ The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
November 16th @ 8 p.m.
Look up to the sky and behold the amazing talents of TSNY-DC’s intermediate flying workshop students at this fun and feat-filled evening. Whether you fancy a set whip, a back end gazelle or an uprise shoot, you’ll see a variety of incredible trapeze tricks, aerial acts and juggling at this sensational student showcase.
Tickets are available at this link. Click the yellow ‘Sign Up For A Class’ button, search for the date and make sure the drop-down menu reads ‘All Classes.’
Trapeze School of New York (DC)
1299 New Jersey Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
December 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
The Fall/Winter student showcase for Boss Babes Aerial Fitness is nigh, and the performers are excited to welcome you to their wonderful Wizarding World of Aerial. See the amazing aerial feats that these students have been working hard to perfect this holiday season.
VIP tables for four are available, in addition to general admission tickets. Purchase tickets at this link.
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
December 21st @ 6-7 p.m.
Join us for yet another Juggle Jam at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, then puts juggling props in your hands and offers pro tips to jumpstart your newfound circus habit. After practicing controlled chaos, put on a show with your fellow jugglers and get the thundering applause you deserve!
All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.
$5 suggested donation – proceeds go to tuition assistance.
About the artist:
Christian Kloc learned to juggle at age six after seeing the Flying Karamazov Brothers perform. What started as a basic trick became an obsession. Christian grew up attending juggling festivals across the country and performing at local events. After 25 years, he is still surprised by how that ‘basic trick’ can change lives and cause spontaneous outbursts of fun in the world.
Christian has taught juggling classes at the Trapeze School of New York – D.C. for the past four years. He has performed in circus productions at the Kennedy Center, the Warner Theatre, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, SAX Lounge and as part of the Art All Night celebration.
RSVP at the Facebook event page, or just show up the day of.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
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:
4200 Valley Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Gymnastics Gym (Room 1120)
School of Public Health Building
College Park, MD 20742
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