Our destination has fully reopened! Learn more about the latest travel updates in San Mateo County.

Learn More

Zoppe Italian Family Circus

  • Presented By: Redwood City Events
  • Dates: 10/8/2021, 10/9/2021, 10/10/2021, 10/13/2021, 10/14/2021, 10/15/2021, 10/16/2021, 10/17/2021, 10/20/2021, 10/21/2021, 10/22/2021, 10/23/2021, 10/24/2021, 10/27/2021, 10/28/2021, 10/29/2021, 10/30/2021, 10/31/2021, 11/3/2021, 11/4/2021, 11/5/2021, 11/6/2021, 11/7/2021, 11/10/2021, 11/11/2021, 11/12/2021, 11/13/2021, 11/14/2021, 11/17/2021, 11/18/2021, 11/19/2021, 11/20/2021, 11/21/2021
  • Location: Downtown Library Parking Lot
  • Address:
    1044 Middlefield Road
    Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Time: Varies
  • Price: Varies, see website.

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus will be back in downtown Redwood City for the first time in 10 years!  Zoppé will welcome guests back into the authentic one-ring circus tent, from October 8 - November 21 for matinee and evening showtimes. 

The circus honors the history of their old-world Italian circus tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

The Zoppè Family Circus emerged 179 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe. And like many good legends, it begins with a boy and a girl falling in love.

Napoleone Zoppé began his career in Budapest, Hungary where he met a ballerina named Ermenglida and founded a circus in Venice, Italy which still bears their name today.

Alberto Zoppé, Napoleone's great-grandson, inherited the circus, a grand equestrian in his own right. Alberto toured Europe with the circus since his youth and forged a friendship with famed actor/director Orson Welles. Alberto was then offered a job by John Ringling North of Ringling Brothers fame, who was putting together the circus acts for Cecil B. Demille's Oscar-winning film, "The Greatest Show on Earth".

Alberto would remain in America, and together with his wife Sandra, ushered in a new generation that continues the family tradition. His son, Giovanni, revived the Zoppé Family Circus 14 years ago and has since been building its reputation with audiences and critics as an enchanting example of a traditional European circus. Giovanni is grateful to his family for keeping the tradition alive, especially to his father, who performed with the circus into his eighties, and managed to wow the crowd every time he stepped into the ring.