Circus comes to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – The Garden Brothers Circus brings motorcycle stunts, acrobats and aerialists, clowns and live animals for a family-friendly show at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Gardens Brothers Circus originated in Canada and has performed for more than 100 years. The circus is a family-owned business, which is now in its fourth generation of operations.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops for the celebration of our 100 years of entertaining families,” said Jim Davis, director of booking. “We have it all from acrobats and motorcyclists to elephants and llamas. Everyone becomes a kid again at the circus and creates long-lasting family memories.”

The performers include Chinese acrobats, a human slingshot, showgirls, clowns and motorcycle stunt artists. Among its live animals, Garden Brothers Circus is one of the last to showcase elephants in its show, as well as dogs and racing camels.

The show lasts approximately an hour and a half. Beginning an hour prior to the show, pony rides, elephant rides and camel rides will be available.

General admission tickets are on sale now at The first 100 adult tickets purchased online are $9.95.

Ticket costs are: $8 for children, ages 3-12, and $24 for adults in general seating; and $18 for children and $24 for adults in VIP ringside seating. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free unless seated in the VIP section.

Free tickets for children will be distributed in the community at several locations, including elementary schools, day care centers, fast food eateries, convenience stores, community centers, churches and area merchants.

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.