Registration is now open! Click here to register or click here to take a look at the schedule to plan which classes to register for. We're holding our pancake breakfast before the summer program starts this year. Please join us whether you're new to our program, a long time participant, or just love a good breakfast. We'll be at First Church UCC Somerville on June 25th from 9:30-11am. Click here for more details

New to the OAC?
Below is some information that may interest you:

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 peter_jehlen@openaircircus.org or 617-947-1191.


We've signed up for Amazon Smile. Now, if you go to http://smile.amazon.com/ref=org_sls_rlp_sas_sml, 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to the OPENAIR Circus!

If you would like to become a MEMBER, we'd love to have you!

If you prefer to DONATE or PURCHASE AN AD IN OUR PROGRAM GUIDE, we will put your money to use growing our communities!


To stay up on our performances, workshops, the summer session, and every other thing that's going on, please contact Peter Jehlen at peter_jehlen@openaircircus.org and tell us what you're interested in hearing about.

  Know the basics?
Here are some updates on what's going on now and in the near future:
  • Jun 1 - Online registration for 2016 opens
  • Jun 5 - Stilting Workshop at East Somerville Somerstreets from 2:30-5:30 plus parade (more details to come)
  • Jun 11 - Stilting Workshop at Fresh Pond Day (more details to come)
  • Jun 25 - Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
  • Jun 28-Jul 28 - Summer program classes
  • Jul 16 - Stilting Workshop at ArtBeat (more details to come)
  • Aug 2-4 - Summer program rehearsals
  • Aug 5-7 - Summer program performances

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