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Toronto International Circus Festival (Toronto)

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Toronto International Circus Festival 2015: All FREE on May 16, 17, 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Toronto Circus Festival is the best time to visit Harbourfront Centre with kids. It is a perfect match for the location, and it fills the void left by the beloved Milk Festival. During the event, clowns, buskers and acrobats take over and their cheerful mood is contagious.

The festival (part of the HabourKIDS series) is as interactive as can be. When we visited, our kids just could not stay away from the paded path with trampoline allowing them to jump as high as they could. Our daredevils also tried a low trapeze. Many activities were offered throughout the site: juggling demos, clowning workshops, mask and clown hat creation. Many outdoor busker performances were presented and more shows were offered in the different rooms and stages throughout Harbourfront Centre but the main show was taking place under the covered stage now called WestJet Stage. Our show was hosted by the most hilarious clowns posing as a couple of official (but goofy) ambassadors from an imaginary East European country.

For 2015, don't miss the most original "happy campers"! The two queens of Corpus Camping Royale (Saturday and unday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Zero Gravity Circus will return on the main stage at 4 p.m. on May 16-18. Kids from the Circus Academy will perform, and there will be a Sideshow Alley featuring many more artists. I checked their list of activities for the long weekend and they are still offering the Tumble, Climb and Swing fun (with trampoline)! Expect crafts, entertainers. (I'm very curious about the Petting Zoo without Pets!) You'll see a little train roaming the site. It's not free, but $4 a ride.

Read this post written last years with tips on how to get the most during the constructions on Queen's Quay. I'm not sure if they're still going on strong but I know that all is not back to normal.

Very interactive festival
Shows everywhere
What would be a circus festival without clowns
Some numbers include children

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