I’m seeing the first notes that the Berkeley Juggling Festival will be happening again this year, which is great news. I went last year and they had a lot of people, in a great space at Berkeley High. If you are in the Bay Area and want to get your feet wet checking out your first juggling festival, this is a great opportunity to do so.
My recollection is there was no registration fee for the gym, but they took donations. Their public show had a very reasonable ticket fee; something around $15. They also have a strong unicycling presence at this festival, if you are into that sort of thing. See you there?
UPDATE: This festival has been rebranded as the Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. The dates were right, but the name and location were wrong. You can now see more info here.
It is almost time again for one of my favorite juggling festivals. The Portland fest takes place on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been for the last three years, and I’ll be attending again this year. If you are looking for a fantastic festival that is relatively close to the Bay Area, this is a fine choice.
I have only ever gone by flying into Portland. That gets you within 15 or 20 minutes of Reed; easy. Registration is usually somewhere around $30 or so for the weekend, with an additional cost for the (usually excellent) public show. In recent years they’ve definitely been pulling hundreds of attendees; I haven’t seen actual numbers from them, but I bet they’ve had at least 300 attendees in a year. If you decide to go, let me know!
These two videos do a pretty good job of capturing the sort of thing that goes on at a week-long IJA festival. Some of the clips aren’t great or won’t make much sense if you aren’t very familiar with the festival and the juggling scene, but there is lots of fun stuff to see.