Willoughby Walks: Cirque du Willoughby

For three consecutive Wednesdays, enjoy a traffic-free oasis on Willoughby and Lawrence Streets, each week with a different theme! In partnership with NYC Department of Transportation and sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

Cirque du Willoughby: May 29
Willoughby Street transforms into a magical wonderland with street theater, stilt walkers, unicyclists, and magicians, with a theatrical ending to wrap up the evening.


12:00 - 12:45PM, Dingonek Street Band
Dedicated to sonic adventure and the human condition, Brooklyn-based brass band Dingonek Street Band is built on the celebratory energy and raw spontaneity of the second-line brass band tradition. Dingonek has created a funky, high-energy party music all its own by absorbing and reworking elements of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, punk rock, free jazz, and Balkan brass music.

12:45 - 1:30PM, The Gotham Easy
A hot jazz band born on the mean streets of New York City, The Gotham Easy revitalizes traditional jazz tunes with excitement and energy, bringing the music of the early 20th century into the early 21st century with a fresh style and attitude.

1:30 - 2:30PM, Rob & Miss Jane: Allez-OOPS!
Bringing back classic vaudeville acts with a comic twist, married duo Rob from New York City & Miss Jane from the Ukraine invite the audience to play with them as they waltz on wine bottles and skip on sky-high stilts. Rob & Miss Jane’s Allez-OOPS! (pronounced ah-LAY) blend circus thrills, deft pacing and spontaneous comedy, for a family friendly slapstick spectacle with their sight gags and visual humor.

1:30 - 4:30PM, Alice Farley Dance Theater
Moving throughout Willoughby Walks
Alice Farley Dance Theater creates imaginary landscapes through sculptural costuming, illusion, puppetry, stilts and circus skills. Their surrealist street theater will create a dream life in the natural environs of Willoughby Street!

2:30 - 3:30PM, Magic Brian
Entertaining audiences around the world in 18 countries, Magic Brian’s high energy, off-beat, comedy magic show has won awards at international festivals. He incorporates the old with the new - using inspiration from circus sideshow acts and classic magic effects, and adding his own unique, humorous, and sometimes outrageous twist to it all. His goal is simply to make people laugh and smile and wonder how does he do it… why does he do it?

3:30 - 4:30PM, Introduction to Juggling with the Bindlstiff Family Cirkus!
From scarves to balls, feather balancing and more, it’s amazing what children, ages 4 and up, can learn in 45 minutes.

4:30 - 5:30pm, Hungry March Band
Bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York and beyond, Hungry March Band was founded in Brooklyn in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, embodying the spirit of NYC’s streets with an inimitable brass sound and inspired, eclectic dance. HMB has shared their creativity with audiences around the United States, South America, and Europe, where they’ve been embraced by a longstanding community of brass bands. HMB’s most recent collection of original tunes, Running Through with The Sadness, was released in 2018 on Imaginator Records.

4:30 - 5:30PM, Cyr Wheel Acrobatics
Moving throughout the Willoughby Walks Footprint
Cyr Wheel is a large single ring in which a performer stands grasping its rim, causing it to roll and spin gyroscopically while performing acrobatic moves in and around the rotating wheel. Susan Voyticky and Randy Kato are ready to amaze and astound with the cyr wheel.

5:30 - 7:15PM, L Train Brass Band
From pop and hip-hop to funk and traditional NOLA jazz, no matter where the L Train Brass Band ends up, the primary goals are fun first and keeping it weird.

6:00 - 8:00PM, Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A
Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A Inc. is a 15-member stilt dancing group, that was formed by three young men in 2010 who shared the love for stilt dancing and their Caribbean culture. Members ages 4-25 come from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

7:15 - 8:00PM, Batalá New York
Batalá New York is an all women Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band, part of a global arts project with 30 bands around the world.

Kid’s Corner
Willoughby at Bridge St.

1:30PM - 4:30PM, Balloon Art
Be dazzled by balloons in fun shapes of your choosing!

1:30 - 4:30PM, Tattoo Station
Get a circus-themed washable tattoo!

1:30 - 5:30PM, Bubbledad
Have you ever seen a 5-foot bubble? A 10-foot bubble? A 15-foot bubble?! Bubbledad dazzles audiences with magical bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Prepare to have your mind blown!

2:00 - 5:00PM, HONK NYC Crafts
Make paper marching bands hats on-site and join the parade with HONK NYC’s trademark Kids’ Craft Table.

3:00 - 5:00PM, Face Painting
Free face painting courtesy of Downtown Brooklyn’s International Charter School of New York.

3:30 - 4:30PM, Introduction to Juggling with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!
From scarves to balls, feather balancing and more, it’s amazing what children, ages 4 and up, can learn in 45 minutes.


6:00 - 8:00PM, Bryant Park Jugglers
Willoughby at Lawrence
The Bryant Park Jugglers come to Downtown Brooklyn! Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test

Ping Pong
Pick up a paddle and play some ping pong with our friends from The Push.

Giant Games
Play life-size chess, Connect 4, Jenga, checkers, and croquet, all day long.

Challenge a stranger to a game of chess! Chess sets will be available on bistro tables.

Hula Hooping
Hula Hoops will be out for one and all!

Urban Oasis
Lounge on our beach chairs or enjoy a meal on a green oasis all along Willoughby Street.

Selfie Station
Take a selfie with a circus backdrop!

Food & Drink

Circa Beer Garden
Lawrence St.
Enjoy an outdoor brew as Circa Brewing spills out onto the street!

Big Eye Sushi
Delicious, local sushi purveyor, Big Eye Sushi will be on-site, handing out samples.

Pret A Manger
New neighbor, Pret A Manger (now in the MetroTech Commons) will be on-site with samples.

More to come!

Willoughby Street at Lawrence Street