Insider Tips for the Circus in Atlanta: Barnum Bailey Circus and more

Atlanta Circus

Beat the post-holiday blues with some family fun under the Big Top. Whether you prefer a more nostalgic circus or an over-the-top extravaganza, Atlanta With Kid has a circus event for you.  Read on for ways to save on tickets and an exciting opportunity to get in on the act!

Big Apple Circus 

Experience the thrills of a bygone era at this one ring circus where no seat is more than 50 feet from the action! Luminocity transports you to the heart of the city where businesswomen conduct meetings from the trapeze, a cart vendor performs juggling acts with his produce and construction workers display amazing acts of strength and agility.

Big Apple CircusAWK insider tips:

  • See Goldstar for discounted tickets to select shows
  • Save $10 off tickets for select shows with promo code BIGAPPLE.
  • On opening weekend, arrive 1 hour early to interact one-on-one with circus performers in a FREE preshow
  • For an additional fee on Valentine’s Day you can enjoy post-show dessert in the ring and pose for photos with the performers.
  • The heated tent will be located in Verizon Wireless Amphitheater’s parking lot.
  • Parking fee is $10.
  • The show runs two hours with one 15-minute intermission.
  • Children under 3 are free, on the lap of an adult.

Dates: 1/30 – 2/17

Show Times: Check website

Location: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Parking Lot A

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus 

The 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth, Built to Amaze, returns to Georgia this February. The Red Tour showcases global performers, magnificent animals and astonishing aerialists that will amaze audiences in both Duluth and Atlanta.

Ringling BrothersAWK insider tips:

  • Save 20% on the face price of tickets with promo code GASSOUTH *some restrictions apply*
  • Arrive 1 hour early for a FREE pre-show; meet performers, try on costumes, see animals up close and learn circus acts.
  • Show is approximately 2 hours.
  • All children 2 & up must have a ticket.
  • To earn a FREE circus ticket, simply enroll your children in the Reading with Ringling program at a participating library. Children must read a minimum of five books and submit their list to the librarian for a FREE ticket to a show. Laugh ambassador clowns will also be making special appearances at select branches. For more information, click here.

Dates: Feb. 5 -9 (Duluth) & Feb.12 -17 (Atlanta)

Show Times: Check website

Locations: Philips Arena & Gwinnett Center

Circus Arts Institute of Atlanta

The fun doesn’t have to end when the circus pulls out of town.  Learn the high-flying skills of aerial dance and acrobatics at Circus Arts Institute of Atlanta. With over 35 years in the circus ring and a background in therapy and social work, Founder Carrie Heller’s one-of-kind programs include; Circus Arts Fitness, Circus for Kids and Circus Therapy. Classes and summer camps tend to sell-out! For more information, click here.

Main photo was used and altered under CC license from original via b3d via flickr.