June 29th – July 2nd @ Gallery O on H and Black Cat DC
The Capital City Burlesque & Vaudeville Festival will celebrate the enduring allure and rich history of our country’s first “pop culture” entertainments- burlesque, sideshow, and vaudeville! Presented by Gi² Productions and The Palace Productions.
The four-day, three-night event will showcase over 40 performers from across the nation, and will feature some of the region’s premier burlesque artists, belly dancers, sideshow performers, and magicians. Headliners will include Ebony The Belly Dance Wild Card, sideshow legend Harley Newman, classic burlesque powerhouse Nona Narcisse, and neo-burlesque trailblazer Fem Appeal.
Whether you want to become the next big nightclub sensation or just be a fly on the wall as these incredible artist strut their stuff, this festival is for you! Get tickets to all three of the festival shows for a cool 50 bucks with a weekend pass at this link.
June 29th Palace of Odditease @ 9 p.m.
Gallery O on H
1354 H St. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
June 30th Silver Slipper Speakeasy and July 1st Gayety Gala (both shows @ 9 p.m.)
Black Cat DC
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Schedule at this link.
899 O St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
June 23rd/24th @ 8 p.m. and June 25th @ 3 p.m.
In Air(realist), veteran fliers Jayne Bernasconi and Kirsty Little use aerial feats, visual projections and metaphor to celebrate and enlighten human expression. With more than 45 years of work between them, Bernasconi and Little deliver a series of vignettes to pull out the deeper layers of time, space and altered states of mind as they soar over your heads to contemplate the artistry of an Air(realist). Tickets
Baltimore Theatre Project
45 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
June 17th @ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
How can circus performance redefine a space and explore the borders drawn between one neighborhood and another, between artist and viewer, between humans and buildings? See a collection of local artists grappling with the notion of borders and barriers at Performing the Border’s Opening Reception, presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. The reception is free and open to the public, and will feature live aerial, juggling and handstand performances by Street Light Circus throughout the exhibit.
Find out more at this link.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
June 16th @ 9 p.m.
Whether or not you’ve seen all of the cult classics of American film, you’re guaranteed a riotously good time at DC Weirdo Show’s Drive-In Movie, where the star-studded lineup of variety performers will pay homage to a range of movies from the Wizard of Oz to Star Wars to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They’ll eat fire, they’ll play ukulele and they’ll embrace weirdness for your entertainment.
Tickets — Click ‘ticket information’ on the Facebook event page
The Bier Baron Tavern
1523 22nd St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
June 26th @ 6 p.m.
In preparation for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s year of the circus (6/29-7/9) on the national mall, Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus team up to offer you an incredible lineup of aerialists, jugglers and acrobats shedding light on the local talent of Washington, D.C.
Free show, tickets not required. You can see the full schedule of Millennium stage events at the Kennedy Center website.
2700 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20566
June 12th @ 8 p.m.
Discover a world of funny, eccentric and downright incomprehensible shenanigans at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Clown Cabaret is a place for clown, variety, circus and unclassifiable acts to workshop their material to the delight and comedic enrichment of the crowd. Expect a mesmerizing hodgepodge of music, magic, physical feats and potential pies in the face.
Confirmed acts include Drew the Dramatic Fool, Wendy Burch, Matthew Pauli and emcee Karen Beriss.
Tickets: $15 ($12 with a Fringe button) Visit the FB Event Page and select ‘Find Tickets’
Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
June 2nd @ 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Do you like fire jams, LED see-saws and a proper get-down on a Friday night? Silent Chill is overqualified to meet your needs. Enjoy a silent disco, costume contest and fiery circus entertainment all night long. From 10 to 10:30 p.m., event host Peculiarity Productions will perform fire manipulation, and also preview their Fringe show 8 Bit Circus S*it, which will bring video games from the console to the stage through fire arts — and if you need a more tantalizing description, this is ‘a show where pyro fighters battle for supremacy and the audience feels the terror of being trapped in the nightmare world of Silent Hill.’ AKA awesome.
Tickets available at the door: $10
You can also support their show at this link.
RSVP on Facebook here.
520 Butternut St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20012
June 4th @ 4 p.m.
In the future, everyone will be famous.
In the aerial dance production POP!, UpSpring Aerial Lab uses pop art as inspiration for new work in aerial fabric, aerial sling, dance trapeze, mini lyra, and poi. Featuring work inspired by Andy Warhol, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, May Wilson, Claes Oldenburg and more. Tickets $20 adults, $10 children and seniors at joesmovement.org. Children 2 and under free in an adult’s lap.
Concession sales at this event will benefit arts programs at Mount Rainier Elementary School. Proceeds from ticket sales help UpSpring to purchase new equipment and supplies to keep our students safe.
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
June 9th @ 6-7:30 p.m.
Throw caution to the weekend! Conquer the thrilling challenge of juggling with veteran juggler Christian Kloc. This workshop begins with a short demo, moves into some goofy warm-ups, 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!
RSVP on Facebook here.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
All ages are welcome. Equipment is provided. Wear comfortable clothes that allow relaxed movements.
$5 suggested donation – proceeds go toward 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 23 years, he is still surprised and amazed by the power of that ‘basic trick’ to 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 two years. He has performed in circus productions at the Atlas Theatre, SAX Lounge and as part of the Art All Night celebration. Since 2015, he and his friends have been working on their urban photography project Street Light Circus to bring contemporary circus to the District through exhibits, workshops and online collaborations.
Fairfax Jugglers meet Thursdays from 7:30 – 10 p.m. in the Key Middle School Cafeteria. Drive to the back of the school (where all of the cars will be parked) and look for the cafeteria. http://www.fairfaxjugglers.com/
6402 Franconia Road
Springfield, VA 22150