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Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returns to Redwood City on October 12

Post Date:10/04/2018 2:39 PM
October 3, 2018
Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office
Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returns to Redwood City on October 12
Tickets are available now for an extended four week run

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF-The City of Redwood City announced today the return of theZoppé Italian Family Circus on October 12. Founded in Venice, Italy in 1842, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus has been entertaining audiences for seven generations with its enchanting exhibition of European circus. For its 11th year in Redwood City, the circus returns to the Peninsula for an extended four weeks from October 12 through November 4offering two-hour shows. Tickets are on sale now.


The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, and featuring his son Julien, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that showcases acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. The Circus evokes something from a picture book: the clown, the trapeze, the dancing dogs, the ring and the tent, created to be reminiscent of the one-ring European family circuses of the last century and will thrill and amaze children and adults alike with its breathtaking stunts and astonishing acrobatics.

Sixth generation circus performer Giovanni Zoppé traces the beginning of performance art to the circus arts, with its humble beginnings in street clowns and jugglers. "The circus is antique," he says, "it's history." In his case, it's something more. It's family history. Still, the show's story line and acts change every year, so no worries if you saw a prior Redwood City show. While based in history and tradition, this year's show will feature new acts, including several performances by guest artists.


The Circus Tent returns home to Red Morton Park, located at 1455 Madison Ave. There are multiple parking lots distributed around the park and it is an easy stroll to the tent.


Tickets are on sale now at:


Zoppé Italian Family Circus Full Show Schedule
10/12: 4pm & 7pm
10/13: 12pm, 3pm & 7pm
10/14: 12pm, 3pm & 6pm

10/16: 6:30pm
10/17: 6:30pm
10/18: 6:30pm
10/19: 4pm & 7pm
10/20: 12pm, 3pm & 7pm
10/21: 12pm, 3pm & 6pm


10/23: 6:30pm
10/24: 6:30pm
10/25: 6:30pm
10/26:4pm & 7pm
10/27:12pm, 3pm & 7pm
10/28:12pm & 3pm& 6pm


10/30: 6:30pm
10/31: 6:30pm
11/1: 6:30pm
11/2: 4pm & 7pm
11/3: 12pm, 3pm & 7pm
11/4: 12pm & 3pm


Press and Ticket Information
Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus
Matinee & Evening Showtimes, October 12 - November 4
Circus Tent and Event Location:1455 Madison Ave., Red Morton Park, Redwood City
Youth: $12-$16, Adults: $17-$21, Front Row Seats: $22-$26
at 650-780-7586 or


Detailed Ticket Prices
Weekdays: Youth $12/Adult $17/Front Row All Ages $22
1st Weekend: Youth $15/Adult $20/Front Row All Ages $25
2nd & 3rd Weekends: Youth $16/Adult $21/Front Row All Ages $26
Ages: Youth2-11, Adults 12+
Children under 2 must sit on laps - NO CAR SEATS
In person on October 2-11 from 9am-3pm at the Community Activities Building
1400 Roosevelt Ave Redwood City, CA 94061
At the Circus Tent after October 12: 2 hours prior to the first showtime of each day.
Cash and Credit Cards are accepted for in-person transactions.
Ticket Hotline: 650-780-7586 for up-to-date information about tickets and sold out shows


The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent in Red Morton Park in Redwood City from October 12th through November 4th for matinee and evening show times. This one-ring circus honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition and stars Nino the clown, along with many other thrilling acts. The circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Ticket and info at:


About The Zoppé Circus:
The Zoppé Family Circus has an amazing, unique story. The Zoppè Family Circus emerged more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it begins with a boy and a girl falling in love. In 1842, a young French street performer named Napoline Zoppè wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, looking for work. There, his eyes glanced upon a beautiful equestrian ballerina named Ermenegilda, who captured the hearts and minds of the crowd with her grace and showmanship. More importantly, this talented beauty captured Napoline's heart.

However, since Napoline was a clown, Ermenegilda's father saw him as beneath her and disapproved of their relationship. The two ran away to Venice, Italy, and founded the circus that still bears their name.Alberto Zoppè, Napoline's great-grandson, inherited the circus almost 100 years later.

Alberto's children, Giovanni, Tosca and Carla, along with their spouses, have all been active at one time or another in the family business. Giovanni revived the Zoppè Family Circus in America eight years ago, and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting exhibition of traditional European circus.


The Zoppe Circus uses only domestic animals - dogs and horses - who are the personal pets of their owners. As family-owned pets, the animals are raised, transported and housed with expert, loving care. Some of the dogs in the show have been rescued from animal shelters by the Zoppe family.

The Zoppé Circus is sponsored by the City of Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website, or follow Redwood City onTwitter, Instagram, and facebook.

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