Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is Bringing the Out Of This World Circus Experience to Washington, D.C. Area and families in Washington and Fairfax can see Ringling Bros. one last time. The touring circus closes permanently in May 2017.
I can hardly breathe!
The Beginning and the End
I don’t know about you, but the Ringling Bros. circus changed my life and I don’t have memories of life without it, so this season is bittersweet for me.
In 1994, I made the decision to “run away with the circus,” because that’s what all kids dream of doing, right? Well…some of us did at least.
I remember going to see the performance at the D.C. Armory (which was an annual tradition for my family), and at the end of the show I was in tears. I didn’t want the circus to leave and I just wanted to stay with the performers. I went out on the floor to meet some of the cast and when I got home I called Feld Entertainment right away. I was set to audition for a part as a dancer.
My parents signed me out of school early a few weeks later and drove me all the way to Pennsylvania to have my audition during the circus tour. It was the most exciting audition experience I have ever had and I sat proudly in the ring listening to all the details surrounding circus life and traveling with the Ringling Bros. I was ready, except for one thing…I had one year of high school left. That sucked, because you had to be finished with school to live independently on the train and travel city to city.
So, I did what anyone that has their heart set on something does. I left school and made sure I was ready to go when the circus called. I wasn’t naive, I applied at a few colleges in the meantime as well, and good thing I did. My golden ticket came from a fashion school in Atlanta and that’s where I ended up a few months later.
My heart still traveled with the circus and still does. As a matter of fact every time I attend the circus with my husband and kids today, he is always prepared to hear me say I want to run away with them, because I always will. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of watching the Ringling Bros. show with my family. I am grateful for every smile, every performing desire, and every dream the Ringling Bros. gave to me and although my heart hurts to see the show end, it is bigger for having the experience.
I guess it’s official that you’ll never see me run away to join the Ringling Bros., but I encourage you to come and say Farewell with me to the Greatest Show on Earth!
“Farewell Ringling Bros.” Circus Giveaway
Enter to win 4 tickets to the Final Farewell Tour Show (April 7th at 7:30p.m. at EagleBank Arena)
Prepare to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals one last time when the ultimate circus spectacle Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World comes to the Washington, D.C. area. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World features an immersive circus experience that takes families to space to witness incredible acrobatic performances on different planets. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World is coming to the Verizon Center in Washington March 31 – April 2 and the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax April 7 – 16. Out Of This World will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore from April 20 – 30.
In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed storyline filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.
For the first time, the show features thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros.
Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Verizon Center and EagleBank Arena box offices.
WASHINGTON, D.C. SHOW
The Verizon Center | March 31 – April 2, 2017
- Friday, March 31 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 1 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 2 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
FAIRFAX, VA SHOW
EagleBank Arena | April 7 – April 16, 2017
- Friday, April 7 | 10:30 AM, 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 8 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 9 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
- Thursday, April 13 | 7:00 PM
- Friday, April 14 | 1:00 PM, 7:30 PM
- Saturday, April 15 | 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM
- Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM
I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. All opinions are my own.