The Latin-influenced circus has visited the Lower Mainland the last four or so years and is back again with its acrobats, clowns, jugglers and motorcycles.
Circus Osorio in 2019
Last year Circo Osorio set up in three locations for a total of 25 shows in Coquitlam, Abbotsford and Chilliwack. 2019 details have yet to be confirmed, but the circus will likely be returning to both Coquitlam and Abbotsford in July of this year.
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About Circo Osorio & What to Expect
Circo Osorio has a definite Latin flavour to it. Although now based in Las Vegas, the circus’s owners are originally from Puerto Vallarta and many of the performers are from various Latin American countries. As a result, expect the shows to be loud, exciting, lots of fun, and thoroughly entertaining – much like a traditional Mexican-fiesta-style circus. Even the humour is very Mexican!
At each location the circus sets up its Big Top in a shopping mall parking lot. The giant circus tent holds up to between around 650 and 700 people per show. The action takes place on and above a large square-shaped stage at the front. As the stage is raised, all the acts are easy to see.
Seating is in chairs with backs, and they are also slightly padded, which is great. Parking at each venue is both free and convenient.
Circo Osorio features a ringmaster, unicyclist, acrobats, jugglers and other traditional circus performers, but no animals (which is nice in this day and age). There are no tigers in cages, no elephants to ride and no bears in captivity – just human circus talent from around the world!
Acts last year included a very clever clown (who’s also amazing on a motorbike), as well as spinning and swinging female acrobats, a juggler, Brazilian lasso artists, a unicyclist and a contortionist who can shoot a bow and arrow with her feet while standing on her hands.
In the show there is also a collection of traditional magic acts, plus an amazing series of magical clothes-changing tricks. Arguably one of the highlights of the circus, at least in our opinion, is the motorcycle act in the circular cage! It’s amazing!
Whether it’s the lasso artists, the unicyclist or the arrow-shooting contortionist, performers aren’t perfect 100% of the time. They are generally very good though, and occasional imperfections show that the artists are human doing very real and challenging stunts. It’s a good show, and really great value.
Shows last for about an hour and a half with a 10 to 15-minute intermission in the middle. During the intermission there is popcorn, soft drinks and other circus snacks to buy, as well as a variety of souvenirs.
Tickets and Admission
Admission to the circus costs around $25 for adults and $10 for kids (ages 10 and under), plus GST.
As Circo Osorio is an American company, if you pay online you’ll notice that tickets are in US Dollars (or at least they were last year). You’ll be charged about $20 US for an adult ticket (ages 11+), which will convert to approximately $25 Canadian, or a little bit more, plus or minus depending on the exchange rate of the day. The online rate for children was $8 US last year.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Up to 2 children (ages 10 and under) can attend for free with each paying adult. Technically you need to have a special “2 Kids Free Coupon” to qualify, but smile nicely at the Box Office and they’ll likely honour the offer without the coupon.
When paying at the gate, tickets cost around $25 CDN for adults and $10 CDN for children. Payment at the gate is CASH ONLY, but there is a cash machine on site if all you have is your VISA, MasterCard or debit card.
The Box Office opens one hour before show time each day and circus attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their performance.
2018 Dates and Locations
In 2018 over two dozen Circo Osorio performances took place in three different locations. The first 2018 Lower Mainland destination for the circus was Coquitlam in early July, followed by Abbotsford a week later and then Chilliwack at the beginning of August (on the BC Day Long Weekend).
Below is 2018 schedule information for each venue. (Note: Performance times and other details are subject to change.) 2019 details will be similar.
Coquitlam Shows (July 5 to 9, 2018)
The Circo Osorio Circus set up in Coquitlam at Coquitlam Centre at 2929 Barnett Highway from Thursday, July 5th, until Monday, July 9th (so just after the Canada Day Long Weekend).
2018 Coquitlam dates and times were as follows:
- Thursday (July 5, 2018): at 7:30 pm
- Friday (July 6, 2018): at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (July 7, 2018): at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (July 8, 2018): at 3:30 and 5:30 pm
- Monday (July 9, 2018): at 7:00 pm
Below are a couple of suggestions for people planning to attend a Coquitlam show.
TIP #1: The Coquitlam Centre shopping mall is located close to Lincoln Station on the Millennium SkyTrain Line, which makes it convenient to get to. Take via public transit if you can!
TIP #2: If going to the circus from out of town, consider combining your trip with a visit to other places of interest. Lafarge Lake, for example, is just one SkyTrain Station away and is a beautiful spot for a stroll and a picnic. Click Coquitlam to see what else is in the area (and for which you’ll likely need to take your car).
Abbotsford Shows (July 12 to 15, 2018)
Circo Osorio set up a few days later for a second round of Lower Mainland shows at the Seven Oaks Shopping Centre at 201-32900 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford.
Performances here took place from July 12th to 15th at the following times:
- Thursday (July 12, 2018): at 7:30 pm
- Friday (July 13, 2018): at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (July 14, 2018): at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (July 15, 2018): at 3:30 and 5:30 pm
Below are a few suggestions and things to keep in mind with respect to the Abbotsford venue.
TIP #1: If driving out to Abbotsford from Metro Vancouver for the circus, consider combining your trip with a visit to other places of interest in the area. Click Abbotsford or The Fraser Valley for ideas on other places to check out.
TIP #2: Seven Oaks Shopping Centre is just a short walk north of Mill Lake Park. It’s a beautiful park that’s great for strolls and picnics.
TIP #3: Don’t forget to fill up your car’s gas tank while in Abbotsford. Gas prices in the Fraser Valley are typically about 10 cents cheaper per litre than in Metro Vancouver.
TIP #4: July is usually raspberry season in the Fraser Valley. Be sure to check out what else is fresh at area fruit stands, or visit the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market which takes place on Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm.
Chilliwack Shows (August 2 to 5, 2018)
Last year, after leaving Abbotsford, Circo Osorio headed up to Prince George and Kamloops for a couple of weeks before returning to the Fraser Valley for another round of shows in Chilliwack.
Circus performances in Chilliwack took place at Cottonwood Mall at 45585 Luckakuck Way from August 2nd until the 6th, so over the BC Day Long Weekend. Here are the 2018 Chilliwack show times:
- Thursday (August 2, 2018): at 7:30 pm
- Friday (August 3, 2018): at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (August 4, 2018): at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (August 5, 2018): at 3:30 and 5:30 pm
Below are a couple of suggestions with respect to your visit to Chilliwack.
TIP #1: Similar to Abbotsford, gas in Chilliwack is typically 10 centres a litre cheaper than in Metro Vancouver. Don’t forget to fill up while in the area – the savings will help pay for your circus tickets!
TIP #2: The Fraser Valley is a major agricultural region. Blueberries might not yet be quite in season, but other fruits and vegetable produce are. Take a cooler and ice if you plan to stock up at a fruit stand on your way to the circus.
Other Tips and Advice
Above are tips and suggestions that are specific to each of the Coquitlam, Abbotsford and Chilliwack venues. Below are additional general tips to help you make the most out of your Circo Osorio circus experience.
TIP #1: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive and get in line between 30 and 45 minutes prior to your show. This will help you get a good seat in the Big Top, and ensure the place doesn’t fill up before you get in.
TIP #2: The Big Top is pretty big, but it’s not a huge venue. With a maximum capacity of around 700 people, pretty much every seat is close to the action. Best views in the house though are right at ringside (unless you have neck issues in which case you might want to sit towards the back because you’ll need to look up for the aerial acrobats).
TIP #3: If you like motorbikes and don’t mind the noise, sit not too far from the giant steel ball. That’s where the motorcycles do their stunts at the end of the show and it’s quite amazing. Yes, two bikes really do whip around in there at the same time!
TIP #4: Circo Osorio is a cash-based organization, so everything on site is CASH ONLY. There is a cash machine on site, which is good, because tickets, food and souvenir purchases cannot be made by credit or debit. Cash machine transaction fees may apply. Other ATM machines are also available in the malls.
TIP #5: Up to two children (ages 1-10) can get in for free when accompanied by a paying adult. So unless you plan to take more than 2 kids per adult, don’t spend money purchasing your kids’ tickets online. (Technically you’re supposed to have a special “Free Child Coupon” to qualify, but ask at the Box Office and they’ll still let your little ones in for free.)
TIP #6: Circo Osorio isn’t Cirque du Soleil. It is good old-fashioned circus fun, however, and for less than $30 for one adult and two children (ages 1 to 10) it’s a great deal! If you like circuses and have young kids, go!
TIP #7: The Circo Osorio Circus is especially fun for families with young children. Kids ages 3 to 12 will love it!
TIP #8: In 2018 there is one act in the show where there are strobe lights. This is important to know for people with light sensitivities.
TIP #9: A number of acts require volunteers from the audience. To increase your chances of being chosen, sit in the middle of the Big Top near the front of the stage and wave and smile eagerly. Parents – have your cameras ready!
Other articles you might be interested in include the following:
- Vancouver’s July Calendar or August Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- BC Day Long Weekend
- Vancouver for Children
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- The Fraser Valley (where you’ll find other things to do while visiting Abbotsford and Chilliwack)