Venue Details

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Patriot Center
4500 Patriot Circle Fairfax, VA 22030
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Casual
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Extremely overpriced but available.
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Easy parking with a 10 min walk to the stadium.
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Pre-show party was great.
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singlemomnova
22 dollars for a cotton candy with a felt hat
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singlemomnova
Parking isn't bad if you come at least 20 minutes before the show starts
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.5 average rating
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8 events
6 reviews
9 stars
attended Apr 19 2011

It was a wonderful display of performances. All the events were just fantastic! A must see!

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14 events
6 reviews
19 stars
attended Apr 19 2011

I'll caveat this by saying, I guess I'm just not that much of a circus person. Don't tell my son though--for me, this outing was not about the circus, but about spending... continued

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2 events
1 review
1 stars
attended Apr 19 2011

Show was terrific. Pre-show party was great as well. Actually awesome!
Refreshments were outrageously over priced though...$10 for a snow cone, $12 for cotton candy. They even charged for the moonbounce outside after the show.

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More Information

Website

http://www.ringling.com/SectionLandingPage.aspx?id=45133

Quotes & Highlights

For videos and more, check out the circus’ official show page.

Description

This monumental event celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth! and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth®, Barnum’s living legacy!

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson invites the audience to leap aboard the Ringling Bros. Express and go on a family FUNtastic adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances that attempt to answer Barnum’s FUNundrum, “What special wonders create The Greatest Show On Earth?”

Step right up and see the Flying Caceres attempt to complete the elusive quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze; a feat that hasn’t been mastered in more than three decades. Watch the Puyang Troupe from China dazzle with a stunning display of dexterity as they bounce, flip, and twirl to new heights on a two tiered trampoline. Be amazed as you witness the impossible contortions of the body benders who fit three humans in a cube the size of a milk crate. Enjoy the wondrous ability of the Mighty Meetal, the strongest man in the world as he lifts over 1,200 pounds. And savor the stupendous skills of the hand balancers featuring Duo Fusion, a married pair of performers with a twist; the wife does the heavy lifting.

The thrills continue as you cast your eyes above at the Sky High Ice Gliders who take the high wire to new extremes and in new directions, from horizontal to nearly vertical, combining intricate acrobatic skills and extreme agility as they execute flips, perform splits, and even walk while balancing their partners on their head. Rev up the energy as the Torres Family blasts around inside a 16-foot diameter steel globe with seven motorcycles at speeds up to 65 miles an hour with only inches to spare between them in The Spherical Miracle.

In addition to treasured Asian elephants, the most of any circus in North America, Barnum’s FUNundrum! features a dazzling array of exotic animals you cannot see together anywhere else including horses, ponies, llamas, Pygmy and Nubian goats, tigers and even a rare Watusi.