Circus Florida Festival 2012

Circus Florida Festival 2012 PosterTime: Events and Zoo open 2 hrs. prior to show time: 7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. (Mon.)
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012-Monday, May 28, 2012
Location: Tampa State Fairgrounds (Enter at the MLK Boulevard entrance)
Cost: Purchase tickets in advance online and get BOGO General Admission Tickets: $10 general admission (includes all events except rides); Look for FREE child tickets (10 & under) available at local merchants displaying a festival poster (NOTE: I have been unable to find a list of merchants offering tickets. If you know of one, please leave a comment and let others know); $10 ride armbands
Info: (941) 747-1975; Website (NOTE: Their e-commerce site is now closed, so tickets will need to be purchased at the gate at this time.)

What’s Doing?
Enjoy family fun at the circus before the show:
— Live music on stage
— The Hollywood Pig Races
— Petting zoo
— Kiddie rides

The show will feature circus acts from around the world, including the Globe of Death, Hula hoop artistry, The Royal Friesian Stallions, clown antics, space wheel and more.

Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

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  1. paula says:

    is parking free – what time are the pig races?? do we need chairs for the music?

    • whatsdo2 says:

      The event does not specify regarding parking fees, so plan on paying for parking — it will be a bonus if you don’t have to pay! There is no online schedule for all the activities taking place during the festival, but I’m sure there will be one upon entering the event. As for seating, I would expect that pic racing would have bleacher seating provided; when we have watched racing pigs at other events at various fairgrounds, they have bleacher seating for spectators.

  2. Darla says:

    We attended the Monday afternoon show and both my two year old and my husband sat there with their mouths agape. This is a wonderful, unpretentious and affordable showcase. The performers are masters of their craft, particularly the woman with the friesian stallions. Everyone was very friendly! It was announced during the event that this circus will be around the first weekend in June, too! Perfect “first time” circus for kids. We paid $18 per person for the VIP box seats and it was well worth the money because we were as close as you could get to the circus ring.

    • whatsdo2 says:

      Thanks for the event review, Darla! I’m going to include this on our “Event Review” page. And another thanks for letting us know this event will be continuing this weekend. I’m so happy to hear you and your family had a wonderful and memorable experience.

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