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Circus Smirkus Returns to Saratoga Springs July 8th and 9th
Tickets on sale now

Circus Smirkus, the acclaimed international youth circus, returns to the outdoor polo field at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for four performances this summer. On July 8th and 9th families can gather under the “Big Top Tent” as the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs proudly presents the Circus Smirkus 2016 “Big Top Tour.”

Circus Smirkus will perform July 8th and 9th with a 1PM and 6PM show scheduled for each day. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $23 for children 2-12.  Children younger than two are free on an adult’s lap.  All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.  Tickets will be available starting May 1st by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free or visiting  Tickets will be available locally in Saratoga Springs beginning mid-May at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on 69 Caroline Street and at Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway.

Thirty budding circus stars ages 11 to 18 bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills from all parts of the country and the world. The 2016 performance troupe hails from fifteen states – California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.  The show is full of talent and spectacle, with aerials, acrobatics, wire walking, juggling, rola-bola, clowning, live music and an array of brilliant costumes.  Circus Smirkus is the only American youth circus to put on a full-season tour under its own big top, a 24-meter, 750 seat, one ring tent in the European style. 

This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus theme-based shows with “Up, HUP and Away: The Invention of Flight!”  It promises to be a high-flying show that soars into the wild blue yonder!  With flocks of jugglers, hilarious clowns, and air-borne aerialists, this show truly takes flight! The audience will need to strap themselves in for a wild ride on cloud nine as performers swoop from one aerodynamic feat to the next.  Circus Smirkus is proud to make history with their 2016 Big Top Tour, “Up HUP and Away: The Invention of Flight!”

Circus Smirkus is a non-profit, award-winning international youth circus founded with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts.  The 2016 Circus Smirkus “Big Top Tour” will include 67 performances this summer between late June and mid-August.  Now in its 29th year, the Vermont-based organization has raised over $2.5 million for non-profit partners.

The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs first brought Circus Smirkus to Saratoga in 2007 as a fundraising and outreach event. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs draws upon the successes of Waldorf schools world-wide to provide a strong focus on math, science, literature, languages and the arts through hands-on, experiential learning.  Currently entering its 33rd year of operation, the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs educates children from pre-school through the 12th grade.  For more information, visit


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