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AYCO organizes three kinds of events: a biennial national festival, regional festivals, and young artist showcases!

We also host regional festivals and produce showcases to provide young performers with the opportunity to share their talents at big circus events nationwide.

Biennial National American Youth Circus Festival

The national festival happens every two years and is always in a new and exciting location.

The next AYCOfest will be August 14-18th 2019, at the  San Diego Circus Center !

Past AYCOfest info:

2017 AYCOFest – Trenton, NJ

2015 AYCOFest – Portland, ME

2013 AYCOFest – Seattle, WA 2011

AYCOFest – Sarasota, FL 2009

AYCOFest - Normal, IL

Biennial National American Circus Educator’s Conference

October 4-7th, 2018 in Decatur, Georgia

Regional Festivals

Regional festivals are one day events filled to the brim with workshops and often closing with a youth showcase. They are hosted by our member organizations and are a great way to learn from different coaches, perform for your peers, and meet circus youth from your region!

AYCO strongly encourages member organizations to consider hosting a regional festival, especially if there is not already one in your region! Regional festivals can be small or large, simple or elaborate, and tailored to meet the interests and needs of the youth in your region.

There are often annual regional festivals in New York, Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, and California. However, regional festivals can be anywhere – it just depends on host organization availability and capacity, along with interest from local youth.

If you’re interested in hosting a regional festival, please contact claire@americanyouthcircus.org!