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