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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. A registration fee of $20/child or $30/family covers as many classes as the student is interested in. 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.

Registration typically opens June 1st each summer.

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


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 what we have for this year's schedule (subject to change):

  • 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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