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Back by popular demand the fabulous Venardos Circus (veh-NARR-dos), a Broadway-style animal-free circus, is returning to Louisville! The show will be held on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park in Louisville, KY with its all-new “Let’s Build a Dream” Tour from October 5 – 15, 2023.  This season the wondrous Venardos Circus cast will take audiences on a journey under the big top as it unveils a fresh, magical, and all-new experience for fans. The show features an original score, amazing performers, stunning lighting, and dazzling costumes. The 2023 Venardos Circus is traveling with a new, custom-crafted, Italian-made red-and-white striped tent that offers expanded seating around a central stage for an immersive experience.

“Our cast and crew is thrilled to be returning to Louisville with a brand-new show,” said ringmaster and producer, Kevin Venardos. “This story promises to amaze and inspire and may even tug at a few heartstrings. It takes heart, courage, and tenacity to build a dream, but the outcome can be beautiful. That’s the message we hope to convey and share with the people of Louisville and the surrounding area.”

Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that has been reinvented for the next generation. Show schedule will be as follows:


  • Thursday, October 5 – 7:00 p.m. OPENING NIGHT!
  • Friday, October 6 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 8 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 12 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 15– 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: General Admission tickets starting at $16.95 for youth under age 12 and $27.95 for adults. One babe in arms is admitted free with each paying adult. (One year old or younger per paying adult seated on a lap). Premier Gallery and VIP Experience Reserved seating are available. In the new larger tent, fans will still enjoy the intimate feel and proximity to the performers but with enhanced views of aerial acts due to the taller design of the tent. The VIP Experience will offer assigned seating closest to the stage with guests escorted to their positions, provided with a special swag bag, and awarded with other special experiences.  Premier Gallery seating will occupy a multi-tier riser to provide greater visibility. Visit for more information.


The circus performers are also the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.

Parking: Doors open an hour prior to showtime. Concessions available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, packaged candy, and more are available for presale online or in the tent.


What to expect on site:

  • Parking area is flat so there is easy handicap access between the lot and the tent.
  • Concessions are available but we encourage guests to order online when purchasing tickets. Contactless payment options available.
  • The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.


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