The Latin-influenced circus has visited the Lower Mainland the last four or so years with its acrobats, clowns and jugglers. The circus was unable to perform in 2020 due to COVID-19. As of mid-August, 2021 and 2022 tour dates are still to be confirmed.
As part of their 2019 “Run Away with The Circus” tour of British Columbia, American Crown Circus & Circo Osorio presented an international showcase of circus talent featuring performers from Argentina, Belarus, Mexico, Romania, Russia and the United States.
2019 shows took place in Coquitlam on July 4th to 8th and in Abbotsford on July 11th to 14th. Chilliwack performances happened on September 5th to 8th.
2021 dates and times are to be announced.
Along with entertaining thousands of people, in 2019 the circus also raised money at each of their performances for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation which is a great cause.
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And don’t forget – two children ages 10 and under can attend for free per paying adult!
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 between 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 up a bit, 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, acrobats, clowns 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!
Internationally-renowned acts appearing in 2019 included Romania’s amazing Dragmir Troop with their Teeterboard Artistry and The Flying Eagles from Belarus. Mexico’s Eduardo The Lazerman also entertained with a combination of laser light manipulation and high-powered music.
Shows lasted for about an hour and a half with a 10 to 15-minute intermission in the middle. During the intermission one could buy popcorn, soft drinks and other circus snacks, as well as a variety of souvenirs including balloons and toys with flashing lights.
Tickets and Admission
In 2019, admission to the circus costed around $25 or so 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. You’ll be charged $20 US for an adult ticket (ages 11+), plus taxes and online fees, which will convert to approximately $30 Canadian plus or minus depending on the exchange rate of the day. The online rate for children is $8 US, which is the same as last year, plus taxes and fees.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Up to two children ages 10 and under could go free when accompanied by a paying adult in 2019. You only have to buy a kid’s ticket if you are taking more than two children per adult. Hopefully it will be the same in 2020.
When paying at the gate, tickets costed 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 opened one hour before show time each day and circus attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Dates and Locations
The first 2019 Lower Mainland destination for the circus was Coquitlam in early July, followed by Abbotsford a week later and then Chilliwack in early September (just after the Labour Day Weekend).
Below was the 2019 schedule for each venue. (Note: Performance times and other details are subject to change.) The schedule for 2021 is to be determined.
Coquitlam Shows (July 4 to 8, 2019)
The Circo Osorio Circus set up in Coquitlam at Coquitlam Centre at 2929 Barnett Highway from Thursday, July 4th, until Monday, July 8th (so just after the Canada Day Long Weekend).
2019 Coquitlam dates were as follows:
- Thursday (July 4, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Friday (July 5, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (July 6, 2019) – with shows at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (July 7, 2019) – with shows at 3:30 and 5:30 pm
- Monday (July 8, 2019) – with one show 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 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 11 to 14, 2019)
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 11th to 14th at the following times:
- Thursday (July 11, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Friday (July 12, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (July 13, 2019) – with shows at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (July 14, 2019) – with shows 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 (September 5 to 8, 2019)
After leaving Abbotsford, Circo Osorio headed to other communities in the interior of BC for a few weeks before returning to the Fraser Valley for another round of shows in Chilliwack at Cottonwood Mall at 45585 Luckakuck Way in 2019.
Here are the 2019 Chilliwack show dates (with times being 3:30, 5:30 and/or 7:30 pm depending on the day):
- Thursday (September 5, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Friday (September 6, 2019) – with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Saturday (September 7, 2019) – with shows at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm
- Sunday (September 8, 2019) – with shows at 3:30 and 5:30 pm
TIP: 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!
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 regardless of which location you attend.
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: Circo Osorio is a cash-based organization, so everything on site is CASH ONLY (or at least it was last year). 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 #4: 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 two kids per adult, don’t spend money purchasing your kids’ tickets online.
TIP #5: 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 fantastic deal! If you like circuses and have young kids, go!
TIP #6: The Circo Osorio Circus is especially fun for families with young children. Kids ages 3 to 12 will love it!
TIP #7: In 2018 there was one act in the show where there were strobe lights. This was important to know for people with light sensitivities.
TIP #8: 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!
About the Circus
American Crown Circus & Circo Osorio was named after the Osorio family who started their circus company in Mexico in the 1920s. Since that time the family has taken their shows to over eight hundred cities across Mexico, the United States and Canada.
“All of your senses are triggered once you enter the tent”, says Master Ringmaster and fourth generation circus owner, Rober Osorio. “Children and adults enter the magical tent, smell the popcorn and cotton candy, hear the music and see the audiences cheering as they become a part of the show… . It’s quite the sensational experience!”
Still today, Circo Osorio is very much a family-run business. Several of the performers and people behind the scenes at each show are brothers and other family members.
To give you an idea of what to expect, below is a short video of the show we saw at Coquitlam Centre in July 2019. As you’ll see, the circus features a wide variety of clever acts that appeal to people of all ages.
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)