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Atlanta: Experience the Big Apple Circus until February 25

Photo by Julianna M Crawford Big Apple Circus

Want to experience a night of wonder and excitement? Well, step right up, Atlanta—the Big Apple Circus is coming to town!

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Big Apple Circus plans to surprise and delight spectators with various eye-widening acts. One performer, Jan Damm, will show off his impressive rola bola moves—a feat involving a board placed on top of cylinders, described by a NYT writer to look like “a panda trying to snowboard.”

Jan Damm Photo by Marc Hauser Big Apple Circus

Photo by Marc Hauser

Another act to raise your blood pressure is the incredible Elayne Kraymer, a contortionist whose movements will make you gasp in disbelief. But perhaps the most exciting act coming to Atlanta this year is the 10-time World Record Holder, Nik Wallenda, who is also known as “the King of the High Wire” and the “Greatest Daredevil of Our Generation.”

Elayne Kraymer Photo by Julianna M Crawford Big Apple Circus

Photo by Julianna M Crawford

Nik Wallenda Photo Big Apple Circus

Photo by Big Apple Circus

To call these acts entertaining would be a gross understatement for Nik and the other Big Apple Circus performers—the group delivers a fantastic show full of inspiring moments. The true draw of Big Apple Circus, in fact, is not its culmination of daring brushes with death, but instead its charming intimacy. All these magnificent performers gather beneath the nostalgic silhouette of one big circus tent, and the audience, for a moment, is able to feel connected to the show and the performers themselves.

Erendira Wallenda Photo Big Apple Circus

Photo by Big Apple Circus

Of course, a charming circus show would be nothing without a truly impossible-seeming act. For their 40th anniversary, Big Apple Circus will wow spectators with its famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire with none other than Nik Wallenda and the Fabulous Wallendas. Joining Nik and the Fabulous Wallendas will be the Flying Tunizianis, who will attempt a quadruple somersault on the trapeze.

Photo by Julianna M Crawford Big Apple Circus

Photo by Julianna M Crawford

These are just some of the acts appearing at this season’s Big Apple Circus, but others include a master juggler, skilled ringmaster, and crazy feats on roller skates. Another face you’ll see (yes, you’ll see faces—even the back row is just 50 feet from the stage) is circus trainer and presenter Jenny Vidbel, who will be joined by furry friends: 16 horses and ponies and six rescue dogs.

Dandino Photo by Kirsten Nijhof Big Apple Circus

Photo by Kirsten Nijhof

Gamal Garcia Tuniziani Photo by Big Apple Circus

Photo by Big Apple Circus

Photo by Julianna M Crawford Big Apple Circus

Photo by Julianna M Crawford

Jenny Vidbel Photo Big Apple Circus

Photo by Big Apple Circus

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets to Big Apple Circus in Atlanta, which will be in the area until February 25 in Lot A at the Verizon Amphitheater (1775 Founders Parkway, Alpharetta, GA). Tickets range from $32 to $73, so every families in every budget can enjoy the wonder of a true circus tent.

Learn more about Big Apple Circus and grab tickets here.

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  • Reply robin rue February 15, 2018 at 9:38 am

    The Big Apple Circus comes to Boston every spring and we LOVE it. It’s a must see show!

  • Reply kage2015 February 15, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Will just have to enjoy looking at your photos. No where near the event. Looks like it would be a fun evening.

  • Reply Kathy Myers February 15, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Wow this looks amazing, my grandsons would love it. We have been to a local one before but nothing compared to this!!

  • Reply Leah Kanaan February 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    This looks amazing! My kids would love to see a show like this. Shoot…who am I kidding, I want to see it!

  • Reply Amber February 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    So cool! People are so talented. I would love to see this with my family one day.

  • Reply Jeanette February 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I have always wanted to attend a circus like this. I have been to a few small 3 ring circuses that have been in my hometown but never anything this spectacular. What great memories to make with your loved ones!

  • Reply Emily, Our house now a home February 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, they all look amazing with their talents! My kids would love to see something like this, I will have to see if they are coming close to my house. This would be so fun to see!

  • Reply Thank You Honey February 15, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve heard great things about the Big Apple Circus. Haven’t ever been but would lot to and take my son!

  • Reply Heather February 15, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Holy Cow! I would be holding my breath and be so worried for those acrobats. I think they are so talented and I’d absolutely love to see them live!

  • Reply Saidah Washington February 15, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I love the circus but me and my family have never been together.

  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger February 15, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    This looks like such a cool show. I would love to see the seven person pyramid on the high wire in person.

  • Reply TheSmallFashionista February 15, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    That looks like something my girls would LOVE! Too bad we live so far from there.

  • Reply Lisa Favre February 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I am always so impressed with circus performers. Just by the looks of the picture, this show is filled with a cast of high talent and skill!

  • Reply Sue Reddel February 16, 2018 at 12:13 am

    The Big Apple Circus looks like something the whole family would enjoy. Especially the kids!

  • Reply fashionbeyondforty February 16, 2018 at 12:44 am

    It looks like a great time! I wish I were in the area! Amazing how talented these people are!

  • Reply Carol Cassara February 16, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Sounds like an entertaining show that’s definitely worth watching! I’d love to see it if I were in the area. I’m sure it’s totally worth it.

  • Reply Sara Welch February 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    That looks like a really cool show! I miss seeing things like this.

  • Reply Bethel Caña Esmillarin February 17, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I wish I could be in Atlanta hearing those stuff!

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