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

Juggleprov at Improvapalooza 2017

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.

Source Theater
1835 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

CIRCUS! the puppet show

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

David London’s Magic Outside the Box

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

 

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

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

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

Smoky Mirrors

Photo by Dani Pierce Steuber for Street Light Circus

Aug. 5th @ 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 6th @ 5 p.m.

Aerial and circus artists take audiences on a journey as they explore expectations of gender and sexual identity. Through amazing performances that will captivate and inspire, the artists demonstrate the power of accepting and embracing their true selves. Brought to you by Sweet Spot Aerial Productions.

Tickets are available at this link.

The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Camp Carnival

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