February 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd, March 1st and 2nd @ 7:30/8 p.m.
TBD Immersive, D.C.’s premier creator of choose-your-own-adventure, interactive theatrical experiences, is turning back the clock on its previous shows to bring you Ouroboros: Dawn of the Cabaret. Featuring their usual cast of high-brow aristocrats, circus misfits and undercover renegades, this show tells the origin story of a hidden cabaret with revolutionary motifs.
If you enjoy mysterious plot lines, pop-up circus performances and bizarre twists of fate, then this show is for you.
Get tickets at this link. Note: VIP ticket holders receive early admission to the venue and a special tour at 7:30 p.m., while regular admission is at 8 p.m.
The Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
February 17th @ 12 p.m. doors, 1 p.m. show
Get your pancakes with a side of scintillating sideshow and marvelous miscellany at Yolks on You! This monthly burlesque and variety show is brought to you by former Ringling Bros. clown Jim Dandy and burlesque performer extraordinaire Delilah Dentata. Enjoy the Bier Baron’s special brunch menu alongside their amazing selection of beers. This month’s array of acts includes rollerskating by Bebe Bardot, burlesque by Ruby Spruce, goofball antics by Sebastian Katz, novel moments with Charlie Artful and drag performance by Pearl Harbor.
Tickets: $12 (brunch not included) Available at this link.
The Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
January 18th @ 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show
The DC Weirdo Show returns in 2019 with Unforgivable Blackness 2: The Clapback from Wakanda, featuring burlesque, box juggling, yo-yo tricks, grinder acts, sideshow and more. Celebrate an early start to Black history month at a variety spectacular that defies categorization.
Tickets are $16 in advance, and can be purchased at this link. Tickets at the door are $20, cash only.
The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
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
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.
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20035
June 13th-17th @ Baltimore Theatre Project
Celebrate the golden age of circus, marvel at outlandish sideshow, behold breathtaking magic, indulge in exquisite cabaret and giggle at stupendous family comedy during Baltimore’s Weekend of Wonders.
Wednesday, June 13 @ 8 p.m. NOVILUNIUM: A Dreambaby Cabaret
Thursday, June 14 @ 8 p.m. David London’s MAGIC OUTSIDE THE BOX
Friday, June 15 @ 8 p.m. Harley Newman’s RISKY BEHAVIOR
Saturday, June 16 @ 8 p.m. Rosman Family COMEDY REUNION
Sunday, June 17 @ 5 p.m. Happenstance Theater PINOT & AUGUSTINE
Buy individual tickets (or a festival pass) at this link. Facebook Event Page.
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
June 11th @ 8 p.m.
Enter a whimsical, mischievous and character-driven world of exploratory theater at Clown Cabaret, a semi-monthly performance that will befuddle and bemuse you. This edition features the dashing emcee services of Matthew Pauli, the flimflam antics of Rich Potter, the great enchantments of Sarah Olmstead Thomas and Alex Vernon, the busybody juggling of Christian Kloc, the swell seductions of Nini and the sideshow entreaties of Todd Gardner.
Get more information and tickets at this link.
Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
February 9th – March 4th @ Dupont Underground
Immersive theater company TBD Immersive returns with Cabaret Rising, featuring staged and ambient burlesque and circus acts set within a dystopian political future, continues this weekend and runs through March 4th. Walk the rails of Dupont Underground and discover a world of peculiar and captivating prime ministers, ghosts, jugglers and secret assassins in this two-hour production. See the full schedule and buy tickets at this link.
Dupont Underground (entrance on south side of Starbucks at 19th and Connecticut)
1500 19th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
March 2nd @ 9p.m.
Local performance artists Callie Pigeon and Delilah Dentata will present Conspiratease! An Illumi-Naughty Burlesque and Sideshow Revue, on March 2, 2018, at the Black Cat. The show will pay tribute to such popular conspiracy theories as the moon landing hoax and the global influence of Lizard People.
“Conspiratease! will feature burlesque, sideshow, circus and pole performances all about everything ‘They’ don’t want you to know,” says co-producer Callie Pigeon. “The show will shine a spotlight on history’s most notorious top-secret, supernatural, extraterrestrial and governmental plots to create an entertaining night for all ‘true believers’.”
The cast will include Jim Dandy of The DC Burlesque Breakfast Club, Ginger Jameson of the DC Gurly Show, and Isabelle Epoque of Philanthrotease. In addition, several other local favorites of the DC variety show scene will perform.
“The show is an irreverent tribute to the brave souls committed to EXPOSING THE CAPS-LOCKED TRUTH to those of us just blindly going about our day,” says co-producer Delilah Dentata. “Aside from performances, the evening’s festivities will include raffle prizes, audience games, and DIY tinfoil hat-making stations. If you are concerned about the perils inherent in drinking fluoridated water, paying for goods and services with those little paper tributes to the Illuminati, and breathing in mind-altering, food-destroying chemtrail air, this is the show for you.”
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and are available at this link.
Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
September 7th, 8th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th @ 8 p.m., September 10th @ 7 p.m.
In Cabaret We Trust is a fully-immersive theatre experience featuring sideshow and variety entertainment that begins as soon as the audience arrives. It is set within the walls of the 15,000+ sq. ft. desanctified church, Blind Whino. This immersive production will highlight not only the acts on the mainstage, but also the tangled web of stories just below the surface. Drawing on influences from the Weimar Republic era, the production explores themes of power and control, as well as resistance and artistic spirit.
CulturalDC is pleased to present TBD (Tradition Be Dammed) Immersive’s theatrical experience that explores the ties between Weimar Republic-era Berlin in the 1920’s and, nearly a century later, what could be DC’s future.
Note: The September 7th date is a preview performance. Tickets are $45 for general admission, or $80 for two with code ‘DUET.’ Student tickets are $35.
Tickets are available at this link.
Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024