Fall fun returns with festivals, funnel cakes, flying trapezes and more

By Valerie Schremp Hahn

Enjoying a festival or performance with a crowd was pretty tricky or even unlikely last fall. But organizers have had more than a year to adapt and prepare for fall 2021.

Some summer events, like Circus Flora’s annual show and Tower Grove Pride’s festival, got a pandemic postponement to fall.

Circus Flora couldn’t perform during its traditional early summer season in 2020, instead dabbling a bit with online performances, hosting a weekend-only show with St. Louis artists in June, and bringing back the 2020 show “The Trial of the Century” in October.

Artistic director Jack Marsh says the Big Top’s flaps will be open to provide more ventilation, which might present daytime lighting challenges — or even breeze challenges for jugglers.

“Circus artists are adaptable and more excited to be performing in front of an audience than worry about smaller details like that,” he says.

Marsh says the pandemic downtime has given performers a chance to recast and refine their work, and they are ready to show their stuff in front of a live audience. “I imagine the energy in the tent will be the best that Circus Flora has to offer,” he says.

Circus Flora

When Oct. 7-31 • Where The Big Top, 3401 Washington Boulevard • How much $10 and up • More info circusflora.org

The Big Top becomes the courtroom in the 35th annual show by Circus Flora, “Trial of the Century.” Circus artists from around the world will come together to tell this story of malfeasance and misconduct and contradictory conclusions.

2021-09-13T18:27:29-05:00September 11th, 2021|Media Coverage|

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