Animal Free Circuses

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
P.O. Box 1917
New York, NY 10009

U.S., Canada, and Europe in the spring and summer

This is a vaudeville-like show that performs mostly at
festivals and other events and offers workshops and
exhibitions in schools and universities.


Circus Center
755 Frederick St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

The San Francisco Bay Area

This circus is an exquisitely choreographed adventure of
acrobatics, aerial work, dance, and clowning that relies
on grit, not glitz, to get its magic across. It gives
scholarships to low-income children to attend its annual
circus camp and distributes free tickets to nonprofit
organizations. It also performs free shows for community
festivals, neighborhood fairs, and civic celebrations.


Circus Finelli
522 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
based in the San
Francisco Bay Area

Four unruly female clowns present a Slavic, slapstick
cabaret with daring comedy and dangerous cutlery.
See the sights to entice and delight: juggling, acrobatics,
contortion, dance, and disaster. It’s all set to the tune
of European accordion and vaudeville ukulele music.
Ring Mistress Madame Vinaigrette hosts.


Circus of the Kids
9042 Shoal Creek Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312-4076

U.S., year-round

This circus is all about kids. They are the performers and
are involved with the costumes, the makeup, ticket sales,
etc. The program is democratic, and there is no such
thing as being too fat, too thin, or not smart enough to
participate. The point is for the kids to feel good about
themselves and to be challenged. This professional,
intense, and strenuous circus allows ordinary kids to
become stars.


Circus Vargas
2534 S. Pleasant Ave.
Ontario, CA 91761

Throughout the U.S. N/A Once a circus that used animals, Circus Vargas
eliminated animal acts and turned up the excitement
with its human performers. Set in a smaller venue, the
show lets spectators get up close and personal with
the show.


Cirque Éloize
417, rue Berri
Montréal H2Y 3E1 Québec
U.S. (fall), Canada, and Europe

This circus combines theater with acrobatic
performances, poetry, and circus thrills. Acrobats,
clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists, and musicians team
up to create a rich and subtle tango of emotions.
Cirque Éloize also has expertise in staging modern circus
entertainment for private galas and corporate events.


Cirque Plume
37, rue Battant
25000 Besançon
U.S. and Europe—large venues only

Performances combine music, dance, comedy, and


Fern Street Circus
P.O. Box 621004
San Diego, CA 92162

San Diego area No This circus offers free quality entertainment to
underserved neighborhoods and free circus and
music instruction at city recreation centers. This is a
professional circus and variety artist performance in
a simple and whimsical setting.


Flying Fruit Fly Circus
609 Hovell St.
Albury NSW 2640

Internationally, year-round

Performances are a blend of circus, dance, theater, and
live percussion with attitude. Australia’s Flying Fruit Fly
Circus has established itself as one of the world’s
premier youth performing arts companies. Its mission
is to promote and enhance the education and cultural
development of young people by offering high-quality
circus training and by producing and taking
contemporary circus performances on tour.


Flying High Circus
FSU Circus
P.O. Box 3064026
Tallahassee, FL 32306-3064

U.S., primarily in the Southeast
(occasionally tours in the Bahamas, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Europe, the Virgin Islands, and the West Indies)

Performances feature high-wire acts, juggling acts,
bicycle tricks, and acrobatics. The Flying High Circus
performs on the road for a number of sponsored events.
Shows range from 30 minutes in length to more than two
hours, for all kinds of gatherings—including fairs, public
or private fundraisers, and conventions. Performances
can be held indoors, outdoors, or under the circus’s
own big top.


Hiccup Circus
247 W. Pohakupele Loop
Pahoa, HI 96778

Hawaii, year-round, and occasionally in California

This circus performs at community events and works
with schools. It has a unique program offering
educational services to the public, with emphasis on
elementary and intermediate school-age children and
teenagers, especially in underserved, isolated rural


Les Colporteurs
66, rue Villiers de l’Isle Adam
75020 Paris
Travels throughout France

Performers include traveling dancers, illusionists, and
air musicians. They create a spectacle that is a
combination of circus, theater, dance, and magic


New Shanghai Circus
645 State Hwy. 165
Branson, MO 65616
Branson, Missouri

This circus offers breathtaking feats of strength,
endurance, flexibility, balance, contortion, and magic.


7 Fingers Circus
225, rue Roy, Bureau 205
Montréal H2W 1M5 Québec

Europe, Canada, and large venues in the U.S.

The joyous, surreal universe of 7 Fingers is filled
with the beauty of awe-inspiring aerialists, the startling
precision of talented jugglers, the breathtaking exploits
of graceful acrobats, and the wit and humor of seven
young international circus performers.


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