Mar 24, 2023 - News

A famed, revived circus is coming back to Columbus

A space-themed Ringling Brothers circus performance.

The final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in 2017 before the tour was revived this year. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is being revived and plans to tour again in Ohio later this year.

The intrigue: The famed circus will no longer involve animal performers.

  • Instead, as Axios' Mike Allen writes, the high-octane event will feature highwire tricks, soaring trapeze artists and bicycles leaping on trampolines.

🐘 Flashback: The circus stopped touring in 2017 after nearly 150 years on the road due to declining ticket sales and criticism from animal rights groups.

What's happening: The tour begins this fall with six weekend shows planned in Cleveland and also Cincinnati in October.

  • A Columbus stop has been announced, but the dates and location are TBD.
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