2017 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL will be March 30 through April 2nd

2017 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL PASSES on sale now!

Weekend Festival Pass, General: $80 adult | Purchase

Weekend Festival Pass, Preferred Seating: $150 adult | Purchase

Individual tickets:
$20 Advance
$30 at the Door
$40 Preferred Seating
$12 Youth (12 & under)

Umbrella Festival 2017: March 30th through April 2nd.


THE UMBRELLA FESTIVAL

of Circus and Comedy

Portland's only Varieté Arts festival, returns for its sixth year to embrace the invention and diversity of this blossoming global subculture. Circus, burlesque, vaudeville, music, dance, and physical comedy have a home under one big umbrella - come in out of the rain and see what we're up to.

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Thursday, March 30th


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7pm

FESTIVAL KICKOFF PARADE

Join the marching bands, jugglers, hoopers, freaks and geeks of the Umbrella Festival as we all parade up Alberta Street to the Alberta Rose Theatre to kick this thing off right!

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8pm

UMBRELLA FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT

CONTEMPORARY CIRQUE

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Opening night shines a light on the youthful artists and dance-infused style of today's Contemporary Circus movement. Many aerial artists - Alchemy Acro from San Diego, Dream Frohe and Naomi Ullian from Bellingham are included. We've also got Las Vegas cyr wheel maestro Chris Crescent, Seattle's Duo Straight Up on the Chinese Pole, multi-hoop dancer Indigo Sky, and the musical stylings of Portland's own Three for Silver.



Friday, March 31


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8pm

NEW VAUDEVILLE

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The New Vaudeville movement began just as the mystic adventurers of the 1960s landed on the shores of the freaky 1970s - a revival of the traveling entertainer lifestyle tinged with acid, politics, and postmodernism. A rich global culture of New Vaudevillians has arisen in the decades since, and we've set aside Friday night to show it off. Live music by electro-swing big band The High Step Society soundtracks the stage antics of Seattle's Unicycle Built for Two, Los Angeles hat & cane manipulator Alex Bistrevsky, and Italian physical comedian Stefano Iaboni.



Saturday April 1


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2pm

APRIL FOOLS DAY

FAMILY MATINEE

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Seattle aerialist Kate Herndon and international clown Al Simmons lead a line-up of circus and variety artists devised to keep kids and parents enraptured and entertained.



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8pm

DIRTY CABARET

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Portland itself has been a flashpoint of the Dirty Cabaret, ever since Sinferno Cabaret and the Suicide Girls put our town's adult variety entertainers on the map. Don't bring the kids unless you're feeling awfully permissive - this show has nudity, foul language, and worse as our guests do their best to shock us.
Maya Papaya (LA) and Annie Shephard (Seattle) join local hellions Jon Dutch and Layne Fawkes.




Sunday April 3


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2pm

THE NEXT GENERATION

Student Showcase

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The AWOL Aeros return to the Umbrella, leading a line-up of child circus prodigies from our city's finest schools. We're always thrilled to see what the future holds for our bohemian arts underground, and these are the fledgling artists who will bring that future about. Get ahead of the curve.



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7pm

CLOSING NIGHT

with SUPER GEEK LEAGUE

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8pm - CLOSING NIGHT with SUPER GEEK LEAGUE Seattle's legendary Super Geek League equals one savage metal/punk rock band, one ripping horn section, a tangle of keyboards and electronics, the soulful vocals of Skylar Johnson and Noah Mickens, a mob of world-class circus artists and go-go dancers; and a warehouse full of giant monster costumes, confetti-shooting robots, and the most bizarre and convoluted Sci-Fi back-story you could ever hope for. SGL has been a sister troupe to Portland's beloved Wanderlust Circus for around five years now, and we're thrilled to bring their newly-refined masterpiece to the stage for its world-premiere. With guest performers from throughout the festival, we can guarantee that you've never seen anything like it.

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Umbrellas graciously donated by ShedRain, Portland's quality umbrella manufacturer since 1947.



Alberta Rose Theatre