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.
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“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.