Step right up for tickets for Barnum Fest events

Tickets are now on sale for Barnum Festival events through and ticketing partner The Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue. Event tickets for the annual salute to showman and entrepreneur P.T. Barnum can be purchased online or by calling the Bijou Box Office, open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 203-332-3228.

“Barnum Festival events showcase the best of Bridgeport,” said 2014 Ringmaster Paul Timpanelli. “Restaurants and pubs, Seaside Park, Long Island Sound, talented singers, elite drum corps and a full scale recreation of Gustave Whitehead’s first-in-flight at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.”


Barnum Pub Fest

Friday, June 20

Starting 5:30 p.m. at Barnum Publick House, 1020 Broad Street, tickets are $20.

Come have a Barnum Festival signature drink at more than a half-dozen of Bridgeport’s downtown restaurants and pubs after work on a Friday evening.

Entertainment along the way by jugglers, sword swallowers and other circus-themed performers. The evening ends at the Bijou Theatre with live entertainment.


The Ringmaster’s Ball

Saturday, June 21

Starting at 7 p.m. at Volo Aviation’s new headquarters at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.

Tickets are $175 per person. Dine and dance to NYC Swing presents Big City Swing among jet aircraft and Bridgeport’s aviation pioneer, Gustave Whitehead’s “First in Flight” full-scale re-creation.


Barnum Sails the Sound

Thursday, June 26 

Picnic on the ferry dock at 4:30 p.m.; boat sails at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, and includes two free drinks on board the boat.

Cruise around Long Island Sound with dancing to the sounds of local favorite What Up Funk Band aboard the P.T. Barnum, the flagship of the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry Company founded by P.T. Barnum.


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Greater Bridgeport Symphony Pops Concert


Saturday, June 27

Evening begins at 6 p.m., with a pre-concert VIP reception at the home of University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen and his wife, Rebecca. Tickets: $100 includes VIP parking and seating for Greater Bridgeport Symphony Pops concert. The Pops Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., fireworks follow at dusk.


Champions on Parade

Sunday, June 28

Kennedy Stadium, 1 Lincoln Boulevard, grounds of Central High School. Gates open 4:30 p.m. show starts 6:30. Tickets: $10.

Competing Corps include: Connecticut Hurricanes, FusionCore, Hawthorne Caballeros, Skyliners and Bushwackers. In exhibition: Westchester Brassmen, Saints Brigade, Connecticut Alumni and Park City Pride.


Barnum Bobblehead Night at the Bridgeport Bluefish

Sunday, June 28

Game time is 6:05 p.m. Come to the Ballpark at HarborYard for a night of family fun. Ringmaster Timpanelli throws out the first pitch.

The first 500 receive a ringmaster bobblehead. Tickets: $12 available through


Barnum's Got Talent Finale

Sunday, June 28

Starts 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Finals of the statewide vocal competition, ages 11 and up for four age groups competing for $500 prizes. Bijou Theatre, 275 Fairfield Avenue.