Big Apple Circus: Embracing Autism Performance

Big Apple Circus Coming to Washington, D.C. Area in March 2018

BigTop Works, the new producers of BIG APPLE CIRCUS, are pleased to announce Washington, D. C. as a stop on the National Tour during its historic and critically acclaimed 40th anniversary season.
Outside of the ring, BIG APPLE CIRCUS continues to honor the essential and iconic characteristics that have set them apart for the past four decades with multiple community outreach programs and a vital no-wild-animals policy.  Circus of the Senses offers special enhanced experiences for audiences with autism, visual and auditory challenges. The special performances include ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices with live audio commentary, pre- and post-show touch therapy experiences, and a Braille program book. Sensory-friendly performances for Autistic audience members will feature lowered light and sound levels, a descriptive picture book showing the different areas and acts involved with the circus, and a “calming center” that can be accessed at any point during the show.

The Embracing Autism Performance, which features a sensory-friendly environment with lowered light and sound levels, as well as a ‘calming center’ that can be accessed at any point during the show, is Sunday, March 10, 2018.

Tickets for the National Harbor performances are now on sale at

  • Performances run Friday, March 8 – Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Circus of the Senses Performance is Saturday, March 9, 2018 at 10:30 a. m.
  • Embracing Autism Performance is Sunday, March 10, 2018 at 11:00 a. m.