About The Big Top Tour

Photo: Harry Powers

Every summer, a freshly auditioned company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England.

Backed by professional coaches, cooks, musicians and crew, our Smirkos perform to sell-out crowds in Circus Smirkus’ very own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent.

Each year brings a new storyline and original full-length show combining the best in traditional and contemporary circus styles. We give our Troupers the full experience of touring in a classic traveling tent show. That means a complete immersion in circus life. Smirkos endure rigorous training, daily chores and the loading in and loading out of the Big Top. They revel in the joy of performance and the camaraderie of a common purpose — the passion of a shared dream and nearly 70 shows in just seven weeks!

PRESENTERS

In most towns on our tour route, the Big Top Tour is presented by a local non-profit youth or community organization. Ticket sales and sponsorships raised through these performances provide a major source of income for their programs. In fact, since our founding in 1987, we have raised well over $2 million for our presenters. Learn more here.

TICKETS FOR LARGE GROUPS

To inquire about discounted rates for a groups of 15 or more please email info@smirkus.org.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

Accessibility Services:
To welcome our fans, guests, and spectators, the Big Top is ADA-compliant and our staff is ready to assist those with accessibility concerns to enjoy the show. For more information about accessibility under the Big Top, please email info@smirkus.org.

We all dream of running away to the circus. Whether you choose to join us as a performer, a spectator or a presenter, there’s room for you under the Circus Smirkus Big Top!

Watch an excerpt from the 2017 Big Top Tour: