Historically, when a three-ring circus-like Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” rolled into town by train, crowds young and old were enthralled. Although the iconic Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus closed its’ 146-year-old run in 2017, the Seaport Association decided to put on a special series of circus performances to dazzle Norwalk Oyster Festival attendees. Mike Reilly, President of the Seaport Association says, “We thought it would be wonderful to connect festival guests with the entertainment that is woven into the fabric of American culture. We know that glittering acts of captivating performers still please crowds today, which is why the Seaport Circus Spectacular is just one of the many new entertainment highlights folks will find at the festival this year.”
National acts from Circus Circus in Las Vegas, and star performers from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and others will entertain young and old at the Norwalk Oyster Festival, on Friday, Sept. 6, Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8. Reilly notes that, “Sunday is family day when kids 12 and under get in free. We are also offering $25 unlimited ride wristbands on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. making this event super affordable for families.”
This magical circus show includes several astounding acts like the death-defying performance created by the Dominguez Family. They have been amazing audiences around the world with riders challenging the Globe of Death, a giant metal cage, as well as their uncanny skill in navigating the inverted high wire. This 8th generation family from Columbia that broke a world record in 2004 in Ontario by having eight motorcycles in the Globe of Death at one time will blow your mind! This energetic act is perfect for all ages because it always delivers the “wow” factor…so get ready to sit at the edge of your seat and be amazed!
Hurling, whirling, twirling hula hoops combined with the amazing acrobatic performance of Nicole Taylor Weiss that defies the eye is another act in the Seaport Circus. Nicole grew up traveling the world with her circus parents learning the business of entertainment from a very young age. Nicole’s Hula Hoop show is high-energy fun at its best. Weiss has been performing for Circus, Circus, Vargas and Cirque Musica, and with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. This performance gives audiences the chance to see real artistry of incredible stunts, athleticism, and gymnastics. Let’s just say, you will be “wowed”!
An all-around family favorite, the Hog Diggity Dog Review is also part of the Seaport’s Circus. A second-generation circus performer, Hans Klose works with 20 dogs and four pigs. The performing pigs, Roscoe weighing 750 pounds, and Shelton weighing around 700 pounds were part of Klose’s act when he worked for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Klose travels throughout the country with his animals in a specially made RV that keeps them totally pampered. Hans care and love for his animals is apparent in his laugh out loud routine that will charm audiences young and old.
Games, rides, and many fun activities can be found at Kids Cove. There is face painting, and pint-sized carnival games, plus cotton candy, popcorn, and candied apples round out the fun.
The event is held at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Senior tickets are $10 all days. Children 5-12 year’s old are $5. Children under 5 and U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bpt.me/4296871
Festival Hours: Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 7, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For those that want to take the train, Metro North is offering a discount package with free shuttle service from the train station to the Oyster Festival.
Free parking and shuttle service available from Calf Pasture Beach and Norwalk City Hall. Ample parking right over the bridge in the Maritime Parking Garage and other lots.
About the Norwalk Seaport Association
The Norwalk Seaport Association was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education and public awareness of Norwalk’s maritime environment and heritage. The Seaport Association and its volunteers are solely responsible for organizing and financing the Oyster Festival. In addition to the Oyster Festival, the Norwalk Seaport Association owns Sheffield Lighthouse and its volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve. For more information, visit http://www.seaport.org or call (203) 838-9444.