Rockford IL

This is the Real Circus!

The Carson & Barnes Circus is The World’s Biggest Big Top Show with two hours of fun, excitement and pageantry for children of all ages! See elephants, horses, ponies and dogs perform amazing tricks in the center ring. Be amazed and thrilled by our extraordinary artists from around the world as they entertain you with their death defying feats and exquisite artistry! This is the circus you remember from your childhood. Every seat is just feet from the action! Come early, the Midway opens one hour before showtime with a Free Petting Zoo, plus Elephant and Camel rides.

Carson & Barnes Circus

Honors Rockford’s Community Heroes FREE
Of Charge

ONE NIGHT ONLY – ONE HERO SHOW on August 26th at 7:30PM.

For one night only, on August 26th all Community Heroes get in FREE of charge! All accompanying family members or guests get in for only $5.00 each.

All Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters, Medical Personnel, School Teachers, Veterans, Social Workers, Media Staff and Volunteers are eligible. Please show a form of valid “hero” ID at the box office for free admission.

This special event is one night only on August 26th! For other show dates, normal ticket prices apply.


Rockford Speedway
9572 Forest Hills Rd.
Rockford, IL 61111


Tickets may be purchased at the Circus Box Office on Circus Day, in advance online, or at local ticket outlets (where available).

Child tickets are for children ages 2 to 11. Lap children under the age of 2 are free in all sections.


Box Seats are closest to the center ring and have folding chairs.

General Admission tickets are unreserved. First come, first seated.

Adult Prices

At the Gate Online
General Admission $16.00 $14.00
Box Seats $22.00 $20.00

Child Prices

At the Gate Online
General Admission $10.00 $8.00
Box Seats $16.00 $14.00

For online purchases, there is a $1.00 per ticket service fee for all tickets under $10.00, and a $1.50 per ticket fee for tickets above $10.00.

Buying Tickets Online

Online ticket sales end at midnight the night before Circus Day. Tickets will still be available for purchase at the box office on Circus Day after online sales have ended.

Buying Tickets Locally

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the local ticket outlets listed below. Check the map below to find directions to the ticket outlet closest to you.

Advance tickets at local outlets are available for $12.00 per General Admission adult ticket and $6.00 per General Admission child ticket. Coupons may be used with advance tickets purchased at local outlets.

  • Las Islas Del Mar - 623 Kishwaukee Street, Rockford, IL 61104
  • Super Mercado Guanajuato - 519 Marchesano Drive, Rockford, IL 61102


Ticketing Policy: Patrons of all ages are welcome. Passes/tickets will be required for patrons age 2 and older. All sales are final. All acts advertised were available at time of publication, however acts and performance times are subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. Passes/tickets lost or stolen will not be replaced. Management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the pass/ticket price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venue, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive to management. Persons entering the venue are subject to search for contraband, unauthorized merchandise, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, video equipment, or recording devices, which are expressly forbidden. Any persons found attempting to enter the venue with forbidden item(s) will be refused access, or, at venue’s discretion, allowed to give up the forbidden item(s). Confiscated items will be destroyed or given away at venue’s discretion. Pass/Ticket user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event. The resale or attempted resale of passes/tickets at a price higher than that appearing on the face of the pass/ticket is prohibited. Pass/ticket user consents to the Circus and its affiliates’ use of his/her likeness incidental to any video display or news media coverage.