The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites families to celebrate Indiana's circus tradition with Circus Day, an annual event featuring family-friendly carnival activities, live performances and access to the Indiana Experience.
All Circus Day guests will receive free building admission, which includes live performances from the Hampel Family Circus, Hedgehog Hannah, and comedian and juggler Krembo K.
Admission also includes access to the Indiana Experience, featuring IHS's newest offering, Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit. In addition, free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Families may purchase tickets for carnival activities, games and refreshments. Activities include face painting and balloon sculptures, while carnival-themed concessions include cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more.
As a special addition for Circus Day, the History Center's Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will offer kid-friendly meal options.
About Indiana's Circus Connections
Indiana’s connection to the circus industry dates back to the late 1800s, when businessmen from a number of Indiana cities assembled traveling “mud shows” featuring exotic animals, performers, clowns and human oddities.
By the early 1900s, the circus industry had grown—becoming the most popular form of entertainment in the United States. A number of the nation’s premier shows set up winter quarters in Indiana, establishing a lasting link between the circus and the Hoosier state. Today, Peru, Indiana, is home to the world’s largest amateur circus and the International Circus Hall of Fame.