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
August 24th @ 7:30 p.m.
Dynamic DMV jugglers Brian Fu and Nathan Bynum team up to bring you ‘juggleprov,’ a performance that combines improv with partner juggling as part of Washington Improv Theater’s Improvapalooza 2017. Their 11-minute performance begins at 9:10 p.m., and you can see the full line-up of scheduled performances here. Buy a $15 one-night ticket, or purchase a $40 pass to see FIVE NIGHTS of improv Wednesday (8/23) through Sunday (8/27).
Get tickets at this link.
1835 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
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 16th-20th @ Eagle Bank Arena and August 23rd-27th @ Royal Farms Arena
Dive into a world of fabulously bendy and acrobatic bugs in OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s show about ‘biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion.’ The cast of characters takes a wild turn when they discover a mysterious egg and must divine what it means about the cycle of their lives. Crickets, fleas, spiders and ants will astound you like never before.
Get tickets to either location at this link.
Eagle Bank Arena
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030
Royal Farms Arena
201 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
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