Shrine Circus Detroit Family Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace

Come out for high-flying fun and death-defying deeds at The Shrine Circus April 6-9, 2017 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Shrine Circus Detroit Family Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace

Detroit’s hometown circus, The Shrine Circus, performs for its 111th year April 6-9, 2017 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Try your hand at a carnival game, buckle up for a thrilling amusement ride or indulge in a tuft of cotton candy at the weekend-long festivities. The performances by The Shire Circus include amazing aerial acts, hilarious clowns, incredible animals and more.

The circus started in 1906 as a way to fundraise for the Shriner’s causes. Currently, the Shriners operate and maintain a network of 22 pediatric speciality hospitals.

All children, 18 years and younger, may be eligible for treatment at Shriners Hospitals; eligibility is not based on financial need or relationship to a Shriner,” its website explains.

The family-friendly event lets you enjoy a weekend of fun while supporting the philanthropic work of the local chapter of Shriners.

“The Shrine Circus remains a traditional, affordable family entertainment experience with the timeless qualities that charmed the first audience in 1906 – raising funds that remain in the community supporting the work of the local Shrine,” the website adds.

Circus performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6; 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Tickets are priced at $15/general seating, $20/VIP seating and $50/Ringmaster seating. Children age 2 and under are free but must sit on the parent’s lap. Find tickets here.

Parking costs $10 per vehicle and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Detroit Shriners.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2017 Detroit Shrine Circus at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2017.

Comments
  • Dear Metro Parent, Please stop promoting events/companies that our own government (USDA) has cited for animal cruelty, neglect and improper veterinary care. Let’s instead focus on animal-free events which teach our children that animals should be cherished and respected, not dominated and humiliated in order to amuse us for a few moments. Thank you for your consideration…

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  • Why would anyone go to a circus, where elephants are broken & beaten to learn stupid, unnatural stunts? They stand in chains when not performing! So wrong! Animal abuse!

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  • I would love to take my kids but can’t possibly take them to a circus that has been cited for animal cruelty. I don’t understand why the circus’ can’t continue their traditions sans the animals. We would love to go an enjoy just the rides, clowns and acts. I’m sad my children will never see a circus but I refuse to support or expose my children to that inhumanity. It’s time for us to demand a change from circuses!

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  • I feel sad for our children of today. The above posts just illustrate the liberal mindset that is slowly eroding our once great culture. Too bad these people aren’t as concerned about the illegals flooding our border, or the terrorists that are, everyday, raping and beheading children. The circus is fun. The circus is meant to take our minds off the everyday problems society faces. Try not to overthink it. These animals are doing just fine without your bleeding hearts.

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    • I must say that I agree. I love animals, but I cherish human life more than anything. Those talented animals are fine, let’s put more effort in trying to make America a great country once again, fight for human rights (especially children), and visit the circus for a fun family time.

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  • I would like to comment on the statement of those who say life in the circus is nothing more than slavery and abuse . To those of u who think ur experts on this matter, u never even touched an elephant I’ll bet, but ur an arm chair expert citation look in Webster’s and c what it means. Odd ‘s r you have had more citations then the circus has. But lets get to the point Browning makes a 50 cal. sniper rifle for our armed forces,deadly at more then a mile away the Chinese r mass producing these guns, and selling them to any body so u folks by a ticket to Africa find a wild heard of elephants get out of ur suv walk up to the heard,then u and those beautiful elephants will have one thing in common none of u head the bullets coming that Killed (3) elephants that just fell to there death at ur feet. Now come home and understand one thing only cameras r aimed at elephants in AMERICA. And circuses have been protection them for over a 146 years.

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  • The true facts are that elephants in circuses have been captured as babies and taken from their families either in Asia or Africa. They go through a torturous process called “The Crush” (look it up!) where their spirit and their will is broken and they are beaten into submission. They are then continually beaten and “trained” by force of a bullhook, cattle prod, billy club, or other torture device and use of violence to perform the unnatural tricks that you see performed in the circus and traveling sideshows. They are chained in place, held in confinement, and shuffled onto trucks or boxcars to be transported to the next event. Lone elephants such as Anna Louise suffer even further torment by being alone for 3 decades! Elephants are meant to live in large families, free to roam 30 miles a day, eat, sleep, play, forage for food, love, and grieve in the wild. They are not meant to be beaten and coerced for human entertainment in circuses and traveling side shows!
    If you cared enough to educate yourself with the truth, you would not be disrespecting those of us who have compassion for these intelligent and magnificent animals. Learn the truth and stand up for what is right!

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