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Address: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, FL 34243-4118
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sarasota, Florida is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” and Circus...

Sarasota, Florida is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” and Circus Sarasota is our resident hometown circus. Annual professional performances are showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style Big Top tent. Circus Sarasota is acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Ticket prices vary according to seat selection. We invite you to visit our website and sign up for emails to stay current on performance dates and Circus Sarasota events.

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Fantastic, sensational, a true entertainment bargain

Went to the matinee show on Sunday, February 12. Did not anticipate much, BUT what a show. Nearly three hours of international and local acts, including dogs and horses, in a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the matinee show on Sunday, February 12. Did not anticipate much, BUT what a show. Nearly three hours of international and local acts, including dogs and horses, in a small ring and tent designed perfectly for the circus. The individual seats even had backs. Refreshments were available. It is worth the ticket price just to see the bodies... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed our performance and atmosphere under the Big Top - we hope to see you back again soon! More 

Colchester, Connecticut
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Circus Sarasota is an annual event in the Circus Capital of the United States. Filled with top-notch performers from around the world, it keeps its audience laughing, gasping and ooh-aahing for two fun-filled hours. The 2017 edition is highlighted by a performance by the Flying Wallenda family, tightrope performers with circus in their blood. The afternoon finale we saw came... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing such positive feedback! We hope to welcome you again soon under the Big Top! More 

Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Circus Sarasota is a traditional one-ring circus "in the round." The best seats are front and center. If you want to be a part of the clown action and see performers up close and personal, buy ringside seats. If you want to avoid looking up when aerialists perform, buy seats that are higher up. The 2017 show includes traditional circus... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you very much for such great feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your time under the Big Top and hope to see you again soon! More 

Levittown, NY
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up to Sarasota from Ft. Myers to catch this show, not knowing what to expect. Well, the drive was SO worth it! The show was fantastic! We had a great time. It is a small venue, so every seat is a good seat. The show was approx 2 hours with a short intermission at the half way point. The... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed the show and thought the drive was worth the trip. Thank you for your wonderful review! More 

Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got dragged there actually, but how can you live in the Sarasota area without having gone to the circus? There are things I don't enjoy that others might, but seeing the Wallenda's after the horrible accident two days before was worth going, in and of itself. It was quite moving on all levels. It's close by, easy to get... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the show. We agree the Wallenda's are an inspiration. Hopefully in the future you'll like the circus a little more and will consider coming to see us again! More 

PALMETTO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We have been Bello (the highwire and more) clown for a very long time, since our 15 year old granddaughter was born. We saw him at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa and swore we were bringing her back when she was older. We've been back to see him a few times since and often since he left... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! We are glad you enjoyed Bello and the rest of the performers at the 2016 shows - it is our pleasure to bring you and your family incredible entertainment opportunities. Check our website in October to see who we will be featuring in 2017! More 

NEW WINDSOR
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473 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

With the new venue at Benderson Park there is plenty of room for tents and parking. BUT.... Actually the circus performance was indeed excellent. Bella Nock is a masterful performer. The performance was all but sold out and while I really enjoyed the circus, it was driving there and driving home out of their lot that ruined my evening. Little... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments regarding our winter production. We are sorry you found the parking situation so frustrating. As a non-profit we partner every year with the Boy Scouts to accommodate the parking needs of our patrons. We are aware of the parking challenges and partner with SANCA and Nathan Benderson Park to use the site and are... More 

Carlisle, MA
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Our first time to enjoy a Circus Sarasota performance. We enjoyed the joyful music and magic of the Cirque des Voix under the big top. It was a successful melding of circus acts with triumphal music provided by a choir and orchestra. My favorite act was the artistry and athleticism of Ricardo Sosa, who balances and bends in hard to... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the show so much. We love when we can pair performers with live music and the partnership we have with Key Chorale is something that we look forward to every year. More 

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

This is a small time excuse for a circus. A couple of decent acts, musical events that are over ocrestrated and too loud, and the rest is high school level. With everything there is to do in Sarasota, this is one to omit.

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Thank gmparmall
CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

We are very sorry you didn't enjoy Cirque des Voix. The performers of the show included award winning, world-renowned circus performers and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale in a live performance. Some patrons may not enjoy the combination of live music with live performances but it is one of our most anticipated and popular shows. More 

Armonk, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This show only ran for six weeks in Feb/March, but I think they have others. Going to the circus is a natural thing to do in Sarasota---the home of the Ringling Circus Meseum. Bello was the star attraction. He's dressed up as a clown, but in addition to doing some funny bits, he is very athletic and can do a... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our show and thank you for the positive feedback. Unfortunately we are only able to get Bello as a headliner every few years - his schedule is booked incredibly far in advance. But we love having him so you never know what may happen. Thanks again! More 

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