Ballyhoo Days

The Unsettling World of Circus Freakshows Once Flourished in Sarasota

The world of sideshows was once part of the culture of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Robert Plunket reveals their unsettling history.

03/01/2022 By Robert Plunket

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Circus Arts Conservatory Opens Season on December 26

Tickets are on sale now for Sailor Circus Academy's "Let It Snow," and the lineup for all 2022 CAC circus shows in their new Sarasota venue awaits!

12/07/2021

Treetops to Big Top

Selby Gardens Partners With Ringling to Celebrate Orchid Show

The annual show will highlight both flowers and circus aerialists.

10/05/2021 By Dedriana Perry

Memories of a Clown

Former Clown Peggy Williams Looks Back on Her Decade in the Ringling Bros. Circus

There were no tears of a clown for this lady.

07/29/2021 By Stacey Altherr

Real Estate

A Glamorous Home With a Ringling Family Connection Comes on the Market Again

This 1924 home in the Sapphire Shores neighborhood blends modern updates with original 1920s glam.

05/20/2021 By Kim Doleatto

The Elephant Polka

The Strange, Spectacular, Sad Story of The Ringling Bros.' Elephant Polka

In 1942, the Ringling Bros. circus convinced Balanchine and Stravinsky to produce a ballet—for elephants.

12/30/2020 By Robert Plunket

Step Right Up

Mr. Swindle's Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden Returns to the Sarasota Fairgrounds

It's a spectacle of curiosity and wonder.

11/26/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Under the big top

It's Your Last Chance to See the Summer Circus Spectacular

The popular collaboration between The Ringling and The Circus Arts Conservatory ends this Saturday.

07/29/2019 By Hanna Powers

Turn Your Television On

A New Documentary on the Circus Highlights the Ringling Brothers' Contributions

If the name Ringling isn’t reason enough to tune in, then the appearance of current Sarasotans interviewed will be.

09/28/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Show Time

The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling Present Summer Circus Spectacular 2018

Summer Circus Spectacular features acts containing comedy, aerial skills, crossbow, hand-balancing and more.

06/21/2018 By Vanessa Blankenship

A Little Big Top

Step Right Up to the Howard Bros. Circus Model at The Ringling

The meticulous replica of a traveling circus has been decades in the making.

06/14/2017 By Alice Murphy

Entertainment

Ringling Bros. Circus Shutting Down

The 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will hold its final performances in May.

01/16/2017 By staff

Sunshine Memories

The Circus Made Us Famous

The circus' Winter Headquarters was the largest attraction in the state in the '30s and '40s.

12/28/2016

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Oct. 20-26

A free Celebration of the Arts, Mote Circus by the Sea, Jazz Club’s Oktoberfest Pub Crawl and more.

10/20/2016 By Ilene Denton

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: July 28-August 3

Jah Movement plays Friday Fest at the Van Wezel, last chance to catch Summer Circus Spectacular and more.

07/28/2016 By Ilene Denton

Preview

Ringling International Arts Festival Offers An Eclectic Line-Up

Priority tickets for prime seating are on sale now.

07/06/2016 By Kay Kipling

The Weekend Starts Now

Your Top 7 Things to Do: April 14-20

Sarasota Magazine's Best of Sarasota party, Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash, free admission to the Ringling Circus Museum and more.

04/14/2016 By Ilene Denton

Clowning Around

Sailor Circus Presents The Greatest "Little" Show on Earth

The Sailor Circus Academy showcases students' skills in spring performances.

03/31/2016 By Jenna Greenfield

The Weekend Starts Now

Your Top 7 Things to Do: March 31-April 6

The Sarasota Film Festival begins, Chris Botti plays the Van Wezel, the Bishop Planetarium screens Star Trek and more.

03/31/2016 By Sarasota Magazine Staff

Real Estate Junkie

For Sale: A Piece of Sarasota History in the Museum Area

Bob Plunket takes us inside a lovingly restored Spanish-style home in the Ringling Museum area that's currently for sale.

03/08/2016 By Robert Plunket