Circus Vargas

PALMDALE — The circus is coming to the Antelope Valley Mall Oct.18-22.

Join Circus Vargas for a swashbuckling spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates!” a voyage of nonstop action and adventure for children of all ages.

Among the entertainers, are flying trapeze artists, clowns, daredevils, death- defying acrobats, world-record holding jugglers, mermaid contortionists and comedians.

They have created an animal-free circus production that still manages to deliver audiences the nostalgic, authentic circus feel that fans love.

“We receive many inquiries as to why Circus Vargas’ current productions do not include animal acts,” Public Relations Director Rolanda Kaiser said. “The creative concept behind the reincarnation of Circus Vargas has simply been a natural progression in the long and stellar careers of owners Nelson and Katya Quiroga. Having performed as acrobats and aerialists with some of the most famous circuses in the world, Nelson has always gravitated toward the acrobatic aspect of circus. Katya, a former ballerina, leans toward the artistic aspect, the beauty of movement in the human form. For them, Circus Vargas is the culmination of their two passions. In other words, it’s just not their thing!”

Owner Quiroga says they’ve been animal-free for more than 10 years.

“We’re trying to do more than entertain,” she said, “The emphasis is on the story we are trying to tel.”

Every year, they have a new storyline. This year is centered around a young clown who falls asleep and dreams of being a pirate. His dream ignites the night with a pirate ship trampoline, contortionists and other acts.

“We want to teach you can dream anything and make it a reality,” Quiroga said, “It’s one of the best

shows we’ve ever had.”

The show is also very interactive. Arrive 45 minutes early to enjoy the pre-show, which will get the children involved with the cast, creating their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more. Then after the show, join the performers in the ring by taking pictures and getting autographs.

“For us, it’s about creating memories that will last a lifetime,” Quiroga said.

Circus Vargas is family-owned, so its emphasis is on family fun. It is the largest American circus and has been in production for almost 50 years.

“We want to continue on the tradition,” Quiroga said.

By preserving the circus arts, Circus Vargas is doing just that and more.

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location. Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind-the-scenes video.

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