Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Out of This World Performance takes the Circus to a Whole New Level


The final ticketed tour to perform at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, this weekend, Sept. 15-18, 2016. Ironically, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s circus was also the first performance to open the brand new venue (Arco Arena) in 1988.  And this show, Out of This World, takes the circus to a whole new level – literally. The plot of the circus reaching into space gives the audience a whole new spin on the traditional circus, but don’t worry. While there are some new, exciting, 21st century acts, there are still plenty of the traditional thrilling and (no doubt nostalgic) circus acts as well.

While the story of ringmaster Johnathan battling intergalactic (evil) queen Tatiana for the magic telescope that is needed to scope out the most talented circus performances in the universe is a little hokey, the overall feel of the circus was pretty darn exciting and definitely gave those of us in the audience the thrill we were seeking while living vicariously through talented daredevils.

The show opens with an exciting spacewalk featuring three astronauts balancing on foot, on chairs, and on each other, all while spinning on a space wheel. The backdrop of this act is of course, outer space which consists of plenty of colorful spinning planets. At the end of the act (and much to our great surprise), those spinning planets give way and transform into clear globes with dancing contortionists inside. Pair this colorful and energetic scene with exciting and heart-pumping music, and you’ve got a spectacular opening to a great show.

In addition to the modern special effects that take the circus up several notches from the circus I remember as a kid, there were also your traditional (but no less impressive) acrobats, clowns and animal tamers. The acrobats swung, flipped and generated plenty of oohs and ahs from the audience, the clowns put smiles on our faces, and the beautiful lions and tigers impressed us with their tricks while at the same time making us a little nervous with their roars and occasional disobedience. There were also horses, llamas, donkeys, pigs (yes, pigs), cute dogs jumping through hoops and over jump ropes and just simply being adorable. And have I mentioned that the circus ring was surrounded by ice? Yep, there were characters, acrobats, and even animals entertaining us on the ice. Pretty cool.

Here’s what we loved the most about Out of this World:

  1. The globe-enclosed contortionists
  2. The lion and tiger act
  3. Globe of Steel motorcross
  4. The dog tricks – sheer cuteness

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of this World performs through Sunday, Sept. 18 at Sleep Train Arena. Tickets prices start at $10 and can be purchased here.







Win Tickets: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out of this World


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey bring their newest circus production to Sacramento Sept. 15-18, 2016 as the last ticketed tour to perform at Sleep Train Arena. And this doesn’t look to be your mother’s circus. While you’ll see traditional circus performers such as acrobats, clowns and ferocious animals, Out of this World will provide so much more. The production will send its performers and audience members into the future for a magical, intergalactic space quest. Here’s the plot:

“The story begins with magical circus Starseeker Paulo, who travels the universe with a Magic Telescope in search of the greatest and most talented circus stars. Paulo discovers two hopeful young stars, Johnathan and Davis. After an audition, the Magic Telescope selects Johnathan as a future Ringmaster. Davis is then recruited by Tatiana, Queen of the Circus of Fire, to join her on her evil quest for intergalactic circus domination.

After searching the galaxy far and wide, Starseeker Paulo and Ringmaster Johnathan have all of the stars needed for their circus. The two are ready to bring The Greatest Show On Earth® back to Earth, when Queen Tatiana captures their circus stars and hides them on distant planets across the galaxy to ensure that her own Circus of Fire can rise unchallenged. Paulo and Johnathan’s mission to retrieve their circus stars from across the galaxy begins!”

Sounds like a can’t-miss adventure, right? Well, we’ve got four tickets to the opening night performance to give away to one lucky reader.  If you would like a chance to win tickets to this exciting new show, take a look at this video about the show and answer the following question:

Who is jumping rope in the video?

 Leave your answer in the comment section below by 5:00 pm on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. A winner will be selected via random drawing on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Good luck!

What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out of this World

When: Sept. 15-18, 2016

Where: Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena

Get your tickets here.




Win Tickets to The Greatest Show on Earth’s All-New Circus XTREME

Circus 3Everyone’s favorite circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, will soon be back at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena with an all-new show, Circus XTREME September 17-20, 2015. This year’s performances will be exploring a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity, blending traditional circus favorites with extreme displays. Children of all ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary exotic animals and over 100 circus performers from 12 countries who redefine the word extreme in everything they do. Unique acts include:

Xtreme Sports display featuring BMX freestyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack line gymnastic tricks.

Caravan of Camels – the only act of its kind in the world featuring 6 twin-humped Bactrian camels.

Bungee Skydivers aerial acro-ballet.

World’s youngest human cannonball Gemma “The Jet” Kirby has been shot from the cannon nearly 500 times.

Mongolian Marvels strongmen create a human pyramid with a combined weight of over 880 pounds.

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Arrive early to experience the circus up close and personal. Included in your ticket price is access to the Animal Open House and All-Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet the performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes, and more.

Also available is the option to upgrade your experience and go backstage with a VIP Behind The Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for a fun, interactive experience.

What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME

When: September 17-20, 2015

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Tickets: Children ages 2-12 – tickets starting at $10; Adult tickets starting at $20

Would you like a chance at winning tickets to Circus XTREME? We’ve got a family 4-pack to give away to one lucky family. Answer the following trivia question correctly, and you’ll be entered into the giveaway. A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Here’s your question:

The circus hasn’t always performed at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. Which iconic downtown venue hosted the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus for many years before the arena was built?

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Weekend Family Fun

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9/11 – 9/22 – Circus Vargus Magikaria Extravaganza – Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for all ages! Circus Vargas presents its most mind-blowing, highly anticipated spectacular. See where the magic begins and the nail-biting, heart-pounding, death-defying action takes place!  The Big Top will be stopping at the following locations:  September 11-15: Sunrise Mall; September 18-22: Westfield Galleria at Roseville

9/12 – Farm-to-Fork Tractor Parade – The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau will usher in the 2014 Farm-to-Fork Celebration with the roar of more than three-dozen tractors chugging through downtown Sacramento. This parade of farm equipment will pay homage to the machines that bring the farm to the fork, and visitors should expect to see some familiar faces behind the tractor wheels. The tractors will cross the Tower Bridge and move down the Capitol Mall.  Parade begins at 11:30 am.

9/12 – 9/14 – American River Music Festival – The 8th Annual American River Music Festival features three days and nights of beautiful riverfront camping, a guided river walk, live art, great food and beverages, artistic vendors, tons of kid’s activities and, without a doubt, the nicest folks around!  This year’s festival presents over 30 live performances by renowned musicians in 10 locations throughout the friendly river town of Coloma; the site of gold’s discovery in California.

9/12 – 9/15 – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey brings the unbelievable to children of all ages in an all-new show called Legends. Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past: a unicorn, a Pegasus, and a Woolly Mammoth! Join for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions.

9/13 – Washington Park Movie Night – Join for a 2nd Saturday free showing of The Princess Bride in Washington Park, put on by the District 4 office. There will be food trucks and a beer garden with microbrews that benefits the pets at the Front Street Animal Shelter.

9/13 – Community Safety Day at the Folsom Premium Outlets – Folsom Premium Outlets invites families to visit the center for a fun-filled Community Safety Day! At the event, AAA will be conducting child safety seat inspections and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct bike helmet fittings and bicycle safety courses.  Guests will also have a chance to have their picture taken in a patrol car or fire truck and can enter-to-win one of four $50 gift cards. The Folsom Police Department will perform catalytic converter etching.

9/13 – Sacramento Fire Station Open House at Station 15 – The Sacramento Fire Department will begin hosting Fire Station Open Houses on Saturdays starting in May. Bring your family and friends to visit with firefighters, take a tour of the fire station, get an up-close look at a fire engine, and more!

9/13 – Plants with a Purpose at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Discover how the first Californians used only what the land provided for everyday life. Learn uses of many plants such as tule, willow, and other native plants that provided food, medicines, baskets and other necessities. Note: Space is limited. Sign-ups taken the day of the event.

9/13 – Art Blast at the Crocker Art Museum – This month, Art Blast helps families get ready for International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot is the story of a child who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.” Families are invited to drop in anytime during the program to create one-of-a-kind art, in honor of Dot Day.

9/13 – 9/14 – Dino Diorama – Visit with your family to find dinosaurs lurking about Discovery’s Blast from the Past! exhibit. From the peaceful Apatosaurus to the terrifying claws of the raptor family, they have a dinosaur for everyone. Make sure you catch a view of their newest beast, a life-size juvenile Triceratops. Bring your camera to catch your little ones transformed into dinos in their costume corner. Children craft a dinosaur diorama in the classroom. Get your own toy dinosaur to play with in the scene.

9/14 – Raptors: Fantastic Fliers at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Meet a live raptor and discover why they are such skilled hunters and fantastic fliers.

Win Tickets to the Greatest Show on Earth Coming to Sleep Train Arena

ClownMatthew Balopavlovich3Children of all ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS, coming to the Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena, September 12–15, 2014.

Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®!  Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries.  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth!

Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:

  • China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills
  • Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course, no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!



Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive and intimate fan experience within the Ringmaster Zone.  Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.

Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

Would you like to attend with your family and/or friends?  Answer the following trivia question correctly  – tell us in the comment section – and you’ll be eligible to win a family 4-pack.  A random drawing will take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Trivia Question: What mode of transportation does Ringling Bros. use to transport the show from city to city?


Win Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Built To Amaze Circus

R143-ColorLogo312x312Have your kids been to the Greatest Show on Earth?  If not, you’ll want to head over to Sleep Train Arena September 13-16, 2013 for one of seven Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze! showtimes.

The 143rd Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth® presents an astounding display of spellbinding acts with an all-new show.  You’ll be entertained by more than 110 of the world’s best performers and 95 exotic and domestic animals.  And, you can get up close with some of your favorite animal stars at the Ringling Bros. Animal Open House, beginning 90 minutes before show time and FREE to ticket holders.

Circus Collage 4Would you like to win some tickets?  Of course you would!  We have two family 4-packs to give away to a couple of our lucky readers.  If you are interested in having a chance to win one of those family packs, head on over to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus website here, check out all the fabulous online kids activities they have, then come back here and leave a comment as to what your child’s favorite online activity is.  Two lucky readers will be randomly selected on Friday, August 30, 2013.  Vouchers are good for opening night only.  Good luck!

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Click here for a downloadable circus train activity sheet for your kids to enjoy before the big event! TrainActivitySheet SacStockton

Weekend Family Fun For September 7-9th

9/6-9 – Barnum & Bailey Circus at Power Balance Pavilion – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons, a once in a millennium event that honors the year of the dragon. Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus
champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats. Dragons is a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real life legends that can be found only at the greatest show on earth!

9/8 -Rebuild McKinley:  Run for the Playground – Rebuild McKinley “Run for the Playground” is a benefit 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1/2 mile Fun Run that will start at the McKinley Park Playground and wind through the scenic McKinley Park neighborhood with final half mile in McKinley Park (see course map). This race will raise funs to help rebuild the McKinley Park Playground, one-third of which was destroyed by fire in July 2012.

This is a family fun run so participants will not be individually timed. However, an ocial race clock will be at the finish line, and the top three men & women will receive awards. All finishers in the Kids’ 1/2 Mile Fun Run will receive ribbons. The race features a custom T-shirt (guaranteed to the first 500 entrants), food, beverages, music, and random drawing prizes.

9/8 – Mexican Soccer League Match at Raley Field – Mexico’s First Division League soccer visits Raley Field, when Club Atletico Monarcas Morelia take on San Luis FC. The two clubs will compete in an exhibition match at Raley Field, sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation. This will be the first time that professional soccer has been played at Raley Field
since June 12, 2010, when the San Jose Earthquakes took on Chivas USA.

9/8 – Celebrate Natomas – This event brings together the Sacramento community to celebrate our rich diversity and showcase all that Sacramento has to offer: from local businesses, to performance groups, to fun activities for children including carnival games
and bounce houses. Participants can sit and relax while watching local talents
perform or take a stroll and see what the many vendors have to offer. There will
be food trucks, a beer and wine garden, art gallery, and over 130 booths.
Perhaps most importantly, this festival is an opportunity for residents to come
out and mingle with neighbors and strengthen the bonds that make this a special

9/8-9 – California Capitol Airshow – Thrills, chills, and jaw dropping excitement await you at the 2012 California Capital Airshow. Don’t miss the USAF Thunderbirds, fast jets, loud warbirds, colorful aerobatic performers, miles of displays, and so much more!

Featured performers include: USAF Thunderbirds; USAF Heritage Flight – F-16 Falcon and P-38 Lightning; Kent Lane, Flag Jumper; Sean D. Tucker, Team Oracle; Tim Weber, Geico Aerobatics; Kent Pietsch, Jelly Belly Barnstorming; Bill Braack – USO Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car; Eddie Andreini Mustang Superbatics; West Coast RaVens 16 Ship Formation Team; F4U Corsair Aerobatics; Red Stars Precision Warbird Team; C-17 Globemaster III and C-5 Galaxy from Travis AFB; KC-10 Extender from Travis AFB; T-38 Talons from Beale AFB; USCG McClellan C-130 Hercules; U-2 Dragon Lady; and Bill Newman, SuperTug.

9/8-9 – Moovin’ & Groovin’ Skeletons at the Discovery Museum – The Discovery Museum Science and Space Center will be highlighting the human skeleton for this event! View a model of a human skeleton in the Bone Zone exhibit and learn what to eat to get healthy bones. Kids will be able to make a jointed, paper skeleton craft to take home as a souvenir. Don’t forget to bring a camera for pictures of your child in a skeleton costume. No bones
about it, this is a fun weekend activity for the entire family!

9/9 – California State Admission Day Celebration – Californians deserve a day to celebrate their great state. This special event is
in honor of California’s 162nd year of statehood. Visitors will enjoy patriotic live music, birthday cake, and ice cream provided by California State Parks, the State Capitol Museum and with financial support from the California State Capitol Museum Volunteer Association. Come one, come all and be sure to stop by the California State Capitol Museum located inside the Capitol that offers free admission all year long.

9/9 – Remarkable Reptiles at The Nature Center – Come to the Nature Center for a presentation on local reptiles. Enjoy viewing “biofacts” like skulls or shed skin and a live reptile too. All ages will enjoy this presentation.

9/9 – Grandparent’s Day at Fairytale Town – Join Fairytale Town and celebrate the 33rd annual National Grandparents Day. Families are encouraged to bring grandma and grandpa in tow and enjoy a day of play in the park. This is sure to be a fun event for the whole

Grandparents receive free admission when accompanied with a child ages 0-12. This program is made possible in part by ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

9/9 – 35th Anniversary of the Old Schoolhouse in Old Sacramento – Admission Day is extra special this year because on that day in 1977, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse was originally dedicated 35 years ago. To celebrate, they are inviting the public to the (always free!) Schoolhouse in the afternoon to showcase the successful programs and projects the Schoolhouse has completed over the years. Guests are encouraged to stop by and join the fun!