Circus Mania hits!

    Aleisha Manion, the stunning aerialist, performs on the aerial hoop in 'Whisky & Lace'.

    The big top is up and Circus Mania is set to hit Castlemaine’s Western Reserve today when the circus-themed festival returns for its second year.

    This year’s festival will run over five big days from September 27 to October 1 and kicks off tonight with outrageous adults-only (15+) circus cabaret show ‘Whisky & Lace’ set to light up ‘The May Wirth’ big top at 7.30pm.

    Circus Mania founders and talented local circus performers in their own right, Caz Walsh and Mason West, said after last year’s inaugural sellout festival, the performances would only get better featuring a selection of international stars to feature across three shows including Whisky & Lace; family friendly all-ages show ‘Circus Mayhem’; and Adelaide Fringe Festival favourites Petit Circus with their new show ‘Bon Apetit’ aimed towards kids aged 3+ and young families.

    “Whisky & Lace features a hand-picked cast of some of Australia’s top circus performers and will be hosted by show stopping ‘Valerie Hex’ of YUMMY fame,” Caz said.

    “Get ready for a night of frivolity, skill, and mind-bobbling feats of strength, topped off with a big glass of naughtiness.

    “Circus Mayhem is set to be the best circus rock concert you’ll go to all year, this show is full of awe-inspiring, gasp-worthy tricks from a mesmerising cast of world-class, award-winning circus performers! There are acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and rock gods.

    “Bon Apetit is a delightful, messy show that will have the whole family hungry for fun food-themed acrobatics, aerials, juggling, musical comedy and more!”

    In between shows, enjoy a drink at the Garden Bar with drops from Shedshaker Brewing, Harcourt Valley Vineyards and new sponsor Maidenii. There will also be food trucks on hand to keep festival-goers fuelled up between acts.

    The Circus Mania bar will also feature live music with performances by Sherri Parry on Wednesday and Thursday and local Jess Parker on Friday and Saturday.

    Saturday try your hand at free circus skills from 12.30pm-1.30pm and on Sunday catch Castlemaine Circus’ ‘all-female’ teen troupe in Circus Mayhem’s matinee performance at 1pm.

    “Sunday’s events will also coincide with the monthly Castlemaine Farmers Market creating a fantastic festival atmosphere,” Caz said.

    Visit to grab your tickets today!