The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is bringing back The Greatest Show on Earth! Promising show-stopping spectacles and never-before-seen acts from some of the world’s best performers, the circus is coming to town across the United States and you won’t want to miss it! Not only do we have the circus schedule, the details, and how you can get tickets, but we also were invited to one of the first shows in Milwaukee so that we could provide you with a full review.
Jump in with us and see everything waiting for you under the big top.
The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Present The Greatest Show on Earth
Are they bringing back Barnum and Bailey Circus? Is the Ringling Bros Circus coming back in 2023?
YES! The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is presenting a reimagined “Greatest Show on Earth” complete with new acts, world-class performers, new technology getting the audience closer to the action, and a whole heap of amazing sites and performances from flying trapezes, acrobats, and tight ropes, all the way to dirt bikes.
How long is the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus?
The circus shows will last about 2 hours with a roughly 15-minute intermission.
How is the new Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus different than past shows?
The new Ringling Bros circus does not have any live animal acts but does have a very cute animal surprise. We were delighted to meet Bailey the robotic dog who learns based on human interactions and can even perform a dance-off.
Another modernization of the circus is the reimagined clowns that have left the full-face clown paint behind but kept their sense of humor.
One of our favorite changes was the addition of live performance music to the show. The band was visible during the show and the singing was live. The drummers even performed a live drumming battle. This addition of live music brought quite a bit of energy to the performance.
What will we see at the new Barnum & Bailey Circus? Will the new Ringling Bros Circus have clowns?
Yes, there will be clowns and lots of “stunning feats of human achievement.” Some of our favorite acts were
The Triangular Highwire: In this act, the Lopez family performs tricks on a triangular high wire far above the audience.
Double Wheel of Destiny: This was personally one of our favorite acts. It was honestly a bit terrifying to watch because the acrobats were jumping and somersaulting while riding giant wheels that were spinning high above the ground.
Nick Nack and the Equivokee trio (the clowns)
The Ultimate Playground: The BMX riders and riders of all sorts of other wheeled contraptions such as a very tall unicycle tackle a 360 bike course complete even with trampolines. This is definitely the sort of act, you better tell your kids not to try at home.
One Wheeled Wonder: Speaking of unicycles, Wesley Williams is setting a new world record in this show where he rides a unicycle that’s over 34 feet.
Criss-Cross Trapeze: These trapeze artists get higher and higher as they flip from swing to swing in a never-before-seen double rotation from bar to bar.
Ringling Rocket: The show wouldn’t be complete without watching the human rocket propel Skyler Miser out at 65 mph.
This show is action-packed with multiple acts happening at the same time. We definitely thought it was a show that we would enjoy seeing more than once.
What ages is the circus appropriate for? What do I need to know about bringing children?
The new Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus is full of action and fun. We recommend it for any child who is old enough to sit through a 2-hour movie.
The music is loud and there are special effects. We recommend protection ear muffs or ear plugs for children that are sensitive to noise. Check to see if your arena offers any special kits or spaces for children with sensory needs.
The Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, SC offers both a sensory suite and a sensory kit for families that need support during a show.
The show sells a wide variety of circus foods including cotton candy and snow cones. These food options are not cheap, so be sure to plan ahead. One idea to save costs on souvenirs is to purchase fun light-up necklaces and toys ahead of time on Amazon for the show.
Here are a couple of our favorite videos that we found on the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Facebook page. We can’t wait to see these acts in person!
The Circus Comes to Town
Is the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus near me?
Here’s the 2023-2024 Schedule for The Greatest Show on Earth.
November 17-19, 2023: Detroit, MI
November 24-26, 2023: Baltimore, MD
December 1-3, 2023: Indianapolis, IN
December 9-10, 2023: St. Louis, MO
December 15-17, 2023: Oklahoma City, OK
January 5-7th, 2024: Tampa, FL
January 12-15th, 2024: Orlando, FL
January 19-21, 2024: Jacksonville, FL
February 2 -4, 2024: Greensboro, NC
February 9 -11, 2024: Greenville, SC
February 16-19, 2024: Philidelphia, PA
February 22-25, 2024: Brooklyn, NY
February 29 – March 3, 2024: Newark, NJ
March 8 -10, 2024: Belmont Park, NY
March 15-17, 2024: Bridgeport, CT
March 28-April 7, 2024: Boston, MA
April 12-14, 2024: Worcester, MA
April 19-21, 2024: Wilkes Barre, PA
April 26-28, 2024: Providence, RI
May 3-5, 2024: Hartford, CT
May 10-12, 2024: Columbus, OH
Tickets are on sale now!
The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Comes to Greenville, SC
February 9 -11th, 2024 folks in Greenville, SC can see The Greatest Show on Earth at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Circus Tickets would make a great Christmas Gift!
February 9th, 2024, 7 pm
February 10th, 2024, 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 6:30 pm
February 11th, 2023, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Purchase tickets for the circus in Greenville, SC online at Ticketmaster. You can also head to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and purchase at the box office.