April 22nd @ 4 p.m.
At this show, recommended for ages five and above, you’ll stare at the ceiling. A lot. But for all the right reasons.
Air Play dazzles with its aerial concoctions of confetti, fabric, umbrellas and more. This circus-style adventure tells the story of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty.
This show is the brainchild of the Acrobuffos, a comedic duo from New York City comprised of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone.
Get tickets at this link.
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
April 7th @ 8 p.m.
What happens when you combine puppetry, dance, object manipulation and acrobatic movement? You get the wondrous creations of Mummenschanz, a 45-year-old Swiss troupe whose latest work, you and me, offers insights into the human condition through large-scale masks, creative light and shadow play, and surprising maneuvers with everyday items.
If you were to seek out Mummenschanz’s parallel artists, you might turn up the imaginative puppetry of Basil Twist, the off-the-wall inflatables of Fred Garbo or the ingenious juggling ensembles of Jon Held.
Get tickets at this link. There will be a pre-performance talk with one of the artists.
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
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
Thursday/Friday @ 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturday/Sunday @ 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. through August 27th
In grand circus tradition, CIRCUS! (aka the “Greatest Show on Strings”) features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”
Buy tickets at this link.
The Puppet Co.
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
August 22nd and 23rd @ 8 p.m.
Join David London on a journey to someplace else.
Combining magic with storytelling, comedy, puppetry, surrealism, philosophy, and that which cannot be defined, David’s Magic Outside The Box Cabaret Show presents an original show of magic unlike anything you have experienced before. Featuring excerpts from his previous theatrical productions, this 75 minute show is packed full of laughs, mystery, and the unexpected!
Tickets and a video preview available at this link.
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
August 14th-25th @ 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Weekdays
No need to run away and join the circus when you can be part of Camp Carnival, a two-week puppetry and circus arts camp for ages 9-15. This camp is a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of circus and puppetry together under the guidance of professionals who have decades of experience. Try your hand at aerial arts, clowning, juggling, stilt walking and hooping! Unleash your imagination with puppets, and learn how to make them! This camp provides a taste of both worlds with the option to focus on one area or both. Life is a Carnival at this unique, first-of-its-kind camp in Richmond.
Registration Fee: $450, Link to sign up
This camp is a partnership between Puppets Off Broad Street, Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus!, and Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (formerly CenterStage). If you have any questions, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!
Genworth Brightlights Education Center
600 E.Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219