It’s the holiday season! And The Venardos Circus has set up its Big Top at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida again this year. With an all-new cast, show and music, families can experience a unique and one of a kind show. This annual holiday tradition is something that is not to be missed! The Venardos Circus will perform 25 shows over three weeks from December 20, 2023, through January 1, 2024, with at least one 90-minute performance each day. Several days will have multiple shows – see the full schedule below. Get ready for a family fun experience you’ll love and enjoy! Make unforgettable memories with everyone at the Venardos Circus.
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“The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show.”
“It was everything I expected and more. Nostalgic, funny, memorable, captivating, exciting, and most of all fun.”
“There’s something beautifully nostalgic about seeing a circus tent but walking into one, lights lit, is magical.”
The Venardos Circus is created and produced by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos. The show pays homage to the classic circus experience by combining top-notch circus arts with a contemporary Broadway flair in a small-scale setting beneath the red-striped tent.
The performance combines aerialists, acrobatics, dancing, daredevilry, music, and magic with stage artistry. With a brief interval, each performance lasts ninety minutes. One hour prior to each performance, there’s an interactive pre-show party where guests can play games and meet the cast. A 300-person capacity traditional circus tent serves as the venue for the whole performance. There are hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and lemonade available, along with other traditional circus refreshments. There are no animals on display during the performance.
“The acts were phenomenal, the message was amazing, and it really exceeded our expectations.”
Creator Kevin Venardos shared his thoughts on bringing a circus to life, even during a time where circus dreams may be dying: “It’s not a huge circus yet,” Venardos said. “But it’s the little circus with the great big dreams.” He also shared, “I actually made a video, that I shot inside of a rented tent. The entire production, even though I think it looks like a million bucks, was held together with duct tape and gum and a lot of Hail Marys behind the scenes. This was long before I actually had anything of my own at all. It was like, ‘Yeah, I got that circus. Sign here. We got a contract. And then I’ll go find out how to make it.'”
“This is a dying art and once experienced you will agree it should be preserved, the world needs more circus!”
“Excellent show with a wonderful message to follow your dreams even though it isn’t always easy.”
The production team’s building the dream this year with a brand-new, larger tent made by one of Italy’s best tent manufacturers. Along with that, they’re also introducing their updated seating arrangement. There will be a Ringmaster VIP Experience and a mix of new and returning acts.
One hour prior to showtime, doors open. You’ll be taken back in time to the heyday of the traveling circus as soon as you approach the tent. Arrive early to get your preferred seat selection (General Admission), snap your circus selfies, and purchase traditional circus fare.
It is recommended to come to the show early to enjoy the pre-show party where you can get your circus snacks and refreshments.
“Amazing show. Better than shows in Las Vegas. The best entertainment show ever.”
“What a wonderful, genuine, well-thought-out circus.”
- At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23. A bilingual performance in both Spanish and English is planned.
- There will be a sensory-friendly performance on Thursday, December 28, 2023, starting at 4:00 p.m. There won’t be as many lighting changes during this one performance, and both the music and vocal volume will be lowered.
- Babies 12 months or younger are admitted free for each paying adult. The baby must remain in the arms or laps and is not allowed to take up an additional seat.
- Strollers are not permitted in the tent. There’s a specified parking outside of the tent.
- All seating at the Venardos Circus is ADA accessible.
- Photos and videos during the show are PERMITTED.
- Pets are not permitted in the venue. However, Licensed Service Animals are welcome.
“Thank you Venardos for sharing your passion with others-a truly entertaining experience!”
This year’s official cast includes Kevin Venardos as The Ringmaster; Duo Acosta for Aerial & Hand Balancing; Helen for The Foot Juggler; Edge for The Pre-Show Comedian & Juggling; Derileisy for Aerialist; and Ernesto as Acrobat. There will be many more who you will meet at the show!
While Venardos Circus, “The Little Circus That Could,” is around St. Augustine, be sure to make time to see it! It’s a show for the entire family to enjoy. No matter the age, everyone is certain to be captivated by the talented performers. So, come to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre between the 20th of December to the 1st of January! It’s going to be a memorable experience for all.
If you can, secure your tickets for the show right now! Hurry before they sell out!