There are all kinds of variations on the basic circus theme. There's the international, relatively high-falutin' Cirque du Soleil, the tiny Circus Sarasota on the Florida Gulf Coast, even the Australian Flying Fruit Fly Circus. But there's only really one that's become a brand name, like Xerox, Google or Kleenex: the Ringling Bros. (pictured). And that's who's going to be in Hartford this weekend, when Built to Amaze!, a crowd-pleaser of an animal-packed show, hits the Capital City. Bring the kids, obvs., unless they're deathly afraid of clowns.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Built To Amaze!
May 9-12, $15-$100, XL Center, One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, xlcenter.com