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What We Do

OPENAIR Circus is a non-profit community-based circus. Our primary program is our summer circus, where we offer classes and performances each summer. In addition, we offer workshops and a teen-leadership program, and performance opportunities to people of all ages.


From the end of June through the end of July we teach circus and performing skills in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our classes are 1 hour long in the afternoon. To see what our schedule typically looks like, here is last year's class schedule .

We then rehearse for a week, and put on four full circus performances under a big top, typically in Nunziato Field, in Union Square, Somerville, during the first weekend in August.


We open for online registration on June 1st each year. We continue to accept registration through the first week of classes. Registration costs $20/person or $30/family for all the classes you want to take. We recommend reviewing the options by perusing our schedule prior to registering online.

If you have any questions, please contact Peter Jehlen at or 617-947-1191.


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To stay up on our performances, workshops, the summer session, and every other thing that's going on, please contact Peter Jehlen at and tell us what you're interested in hearing about.
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Here's our upcoming events
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Here's what we have for next year's schedule:

  • Jun 1 - Online registration becomes available
  • Jun 27-Jul 27 - Classes
  • Aug 1-2 - Individual Class Rehearsals
  • Aug 3 - Full Rehearsal
  • Aug 4-6 - Performances
    • Fri - 7pm
    • Sat - 2pm and 7pm
    • Sun - 2pm
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