Review: Kerak Shrine Circus

With all the options of family entertainment coming through Reno, I have forgotten the old fashioned fun of the Kerak Shrine Circus. Admittedly, it has been years since I have personally been to any kind of circus. The whole prospect of taking my young kids to a place full of clowns just seemed daunting in years past. However, this year we gave it a shot – despite the incredible snow storm that hit Reno on the opening day!

And it was worth the shot.

The Kerak Shrine Circus has been coming through Reno for 71 years. Most of us natives have checked this one off our bucket list a half dozen times, at least, as children. The acts were classic circus acts – the type of things you’d expect at a circus but  forget how exciting and impressive they are when you get the opportunity to see them live.

The most exciting act, as far as the boys seemed concerned, was the high flying Spiderman. We have all seen the high flying trapeze acts – this guy seemed to push the limits. Granted, the Spiderman costume and music added a lot to the show, but the stunts this guys pulled off had me in awe.

Not to say the other acts weren’t great, but for my boys, the risky stuff seemed to get them going! Everything risky – the high wire act, the stunts on horses, the motorcycles. I have to say, though, that the lady who was able to change outfits in five seconds flat should share some of her secrets. #askingforafriend

Granted, we have a crazy snow storm this weekend, but if you are looking to get out of the house, check out the circus! It will be in town March 2-4 at the Reno Livestock Events Center. Tickets are available now online at or at Scolari’s Food & Drug Company. Tickets will also be available every day at the Reno Livestock Event Center.


Friday, March 2, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 3, 11 am, 3 p.m. , 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 4, 1 p.m. , 5 p.m.

About The Kerak Shrine Circus:

The Kerak Shrine Circus has been entertaining Northern Nevada for over 71 years, providing attendees the opportunity to experience to the circus through animal rides and meet and greets with the performers.

About The Kerak Shrine :

Kerak Shrine in Reno, Nevada is part of Shriners International, a fraternity organization that has over 350,00 members. Dedicated to fellowship, fun and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth, this organization has nearly 200 temples (chapters) in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world. For more information, please visit

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FULL DISCLOSURE: Kerak Shrine Circus provided my family General Admission tickets so we could experience this show. The thoughts expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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