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Circus Midway

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

June 12 at 11:00am

2021 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

4 hours


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Learn the art of the circus at this day of free outdoor, socially-distanced workshops! Teachers and performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will give attendees of all ages a chance to learn basic aerial acrobatics, juggling, plate spinning, and tight wire, with additional offerings for younger children including scarf-tossing and balance challenges. Circus Midway will also feature short circus performances throughout the day. Free and fun for all ages and abilities!

Please note: Entry will be timed, so be sure to RSVP. All participants over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask at all times, and some activities will require physical contact by PSCA instructors to safely try out different circus techniques.

The 2021 Hand to Hand Circus Festival will be held in-person this June, and FringeArts and our partners will be following all local and state health and safety guidelines.

What you can expect:

  • Masks will be required for all patrons over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, at Hand to Hand events. FringeArts will have additional masks available for any guests who need one.
  • FringeArts will have hand sanitizer available to all patrons. Public restrooms will be available as well.
  • We will be encouraging social distancing during outdoor events, and seating outdoors should be spaced out from other parties. Indoors at FringeArts, seats will be pre-set according to your party size, so please reserve tickets for the number of people you expect to sit with.
  • If you are feeling unwell or come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 within 2 weeks prior to Hand to Hand, please stay home.


Saturday, June 12 at 11am


Reserve Free Ticket Below

Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this 2020 episode, former FringeArts Marketing Manager Raina Searles and Artistic Producer Katy Dammers chat with Kitsie O’Neill, Executive Director of the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.  The three discuss how PSCA is continuing to teach classes amid the pandemic, why being connected during this time is so important, and tightrope walking with chalk!

About the Artists

Since 2001, PSCA has been offering recreational circus classes to adults and children in Northwest Philadelphia. Trapeze, silks, tightwire, acrobatics, juggling—there is something for everyone at their spacious Mt. Airy facility, where they teach over 600 students per week, aged 3-75. Birthday parties, corporate team-building, summer camp and flying trapeze are just a few of the programs on offer. Visit for more information. 


Circus Midway is part of the SPARK: Fringe for Young Audiences series of family-friendly programming. The SPARK Series is made possible by a leadership gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation. Originally slated to be included in the Hand to Hand Circus Festival, presented by PECO.

Festival Co-Producers: Mark & Beth Shorstein

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