The 36th Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour opens this Saturday, July 1, in Greensboro with opening weekend performances at 1 and 6 p.m., the first two performances of the 63-show tour that will visit five states and 14 towns over 50 days this summer.
Upcoming area shows include five shows at Farr’s Field in Waterbury July 4- 6, five shows at Bombardier Park West in Milton July 11-13, then back in Greensboro Aug.18 & 19.
Tickets and show information are available online.
The 30 budding circus stars in the 2023 troupe are ages 11- 18 from regions across the United States.
Celebrating its 36th year, Circus Smirkus is the only traveling tented youth circus in the United States. Its shows are among the most beloved arts events of the New England summer. Performing under a traditional European-style circus tent, Circus Smirkus troupers delight and inspire audiences of all ages. (Note: there are no animal acts in these performances.)
This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus’ annual theme-based shows with The 2023 Big Top Tour: A Midsummer Night’s Circus. The show will feature a vast array of circus arts — including aerials, acrobatics, juggling and clowning — a dazzling display of brilliant costumes and many other surprises. The award-winning circus company performs across New England to approximately 40,000 patrons each summer.
Located in Greensboro, Vt., Circus Smirkus is a nonprofit arts and education organization whose mission is to promote the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus.