Circus Flora: A Big Top Experience in St. Louis

circus flora performance
Photo by David O'Brien

St. Louis is home to a one-ring circus that's gained national and international fame. Circus Flora raises its big top each year for a month of local performances featuring magicians, clowns, acrobats and more.

Dates, Location and Admission:

Circus Flora shows are held each year in early summer. In 2016, shows run from June 2 through July 3. Performances are at 7 p.m., with added matinee shows on the weekends at 1 p.m. The first performance on June 2 is a special peanut-free night to accommodate anyone with nut allergies. There are also special "Little Top Shows" on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. These shorter, one-hour performances are designed for families with younger children.

The circus is located at 3511 Samuel Shepard Drive in Grand Center in midtown St. Louis. That's near the intersection of Grand and Delmar not far from Powell Symphony Hall. Tickets for regular performances are $10 to $48 a person. Tickets for "Little Top Shows" are $10 to $20 a person. Tickets are available online at the Circus Flora website.

What You'll See:

Circus Flora is a one-ring circus that combines the storytelling of traditional European circuses with high-flying acts like the trapeze and tightrope. This year the troupe is performing a new show called "Pastime." It combines St. Louis' favorite sport, baseball, with high-flying acrobatics. A narrator weaves a colorful story throughout the performance as a way to bring all of the different acts together. 

As for the acts themselves, Circus Flora has everything you'd expect to see when going to the circus. The show features clowns and magicians who entertain the crowd with humor and wit. There are also animal trainers who do tricks with dogs, horses and camels. But the real showstopper is the Flying Wallendas with their acrobatic flips and turns on the high wire and trapeze.

Other Helpful Information:

The circus tent is air-conditioned so it's comfortable inside even on the hottest of June days. Parking is available at meters on the street and also at nearby parking lots. You can buy food and drinks at the food tent just outside the big top. The menu includes typical circus foods like hotdogs, pretzels and candy. After the show, many of the performers stand near the exits so you can meet them in person and take pictures.