The nonprofit Big Apple Circus engages the communities we serve through the joy and wonder of classic circus arts. We create direct, shared connections inside our one-ring Big Top AND in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, in our New York City home and in cities across America.
Each year since its founding in 1977, the Big Apple Circus has offered a new show, featuring the finest circus performers from around the globe and bringing the highest standards of artistic excellence to our multi-generational, multiethnic, and multilingual audience, both on tour and at our home base at Lincoln Center.

Although we will not be presenting a show in the 2016-17 season, we hope to be back in a later season. In the meantime, we continue to provide community programs:

  • CLOWN CARE brings laughter and joy to aid the healing process of patients in leading pediatric hospitals nationwide.
  • VAUDEVILLE CARAVAN engages seniors in residential care facilities.
  • CIRCUS AFTER SCHOOL teaches kids life skills such as teamwork, responsible risk-taking, and perseverance, through a structured program of learning and performing circus arts.