Venardos Circus returns to St. Augustine Amphitheatre

The animal-free, Broadway-style circus begins its three-week run December 18.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Venardos Circus is returning to St. Augustine.

The Broadway-style, animal-free circus will begin a three-week run on Dec. 18 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. This will be the Circus’ first time in St. Augustine since 2019.

“We are thrilled to be back out on tour again bringing smiles and joy to families and kids of all ages,” said Kevin Venardos, who founded Venardos Circus in 2014. “Guests can expect to be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, but one that we have tried hard to reinvent for a next-generation while still tugging at the nostalgia of those returning to the circus.”

At the age of 22, Venardos became one of the youngest ringmasters in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. For five years, he lived on what was then the largest privately-owned train in the world, performing for audiences across the U.S.

The Ringling Bros. gave its last performance in 2017, but Venardos is still running away with a circus—his circus.

Often referred to as the little-circus-that-could, Venardos Circus features a custom-made big-top and a classic red-and-white striped tent.

Tickets are on sale now at

Venardos sat down with Action News Jax anchor Dawn Lopez in Jan. 2018 during a stop in Jacksonville.

Samantha Mathers

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Samantha Mathers is a digital reporter and content creator.