Zoppe Italian Family Circus Drive-In Show

Zoppe Italian Family Circus Drive-In Show

The circus is coming to town – the Zoppe Italian Family Circus that is, December 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021, and drive in style! We can’t wait to check this out because the in person performance we attended in the past was truly amazing.

History is made in moments like these. For 178 years and seven generations, the Zoppé Family has upheld the love and fun of their uniquely intimate Italian Circus and has fought to preserve their creation through countless trials, including wars, political upheavals and even the 1918 pandemic.

Today, they begin again. The circus has performed annually in Arizona for the past thirteen years and after debuting their drive-in show in Ventura and Redwood City, the Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus is back in Arizona for their 2020-2021 season with a vehicular twist with their live, Multimedia Drive-In Show.

Zoppé has become the nation’s front runner for live and Covid safe family entertainment. They have successfully created a historic multi-media event intertwined with an originally produced Zoppé film shown throughout the live circus show to create a full and engaging multi-media experience.

Giovanni Zoppé, the circus director, clown and a sixth-generation descendant of the founders, said that when the pandemic began, he returned to an idea he first had a year earlier: a drive-in circus.

Zoppe Italian Family Circus Drive-In Show

The drive-in circus represents a novel way of adjusting entertainment to an era in which large, indoor crowds are forbidden. Zoppé’s new production will take place in Tempe in the Big Surf parking lot on an elevated traditional circus ring viewed from the safety of the audience’s own vehicles. Show-stopping performances include a Human Cannonball, Tulga the Strong Man from America’s Got Talent, the Wheel of Death, Aerial displays, Equestrian Vaulting, Swinging Trapeze and more.

The Big Top is suspended in air onto a large LED screen to allow for close-up viewing. Fans arrive in cars and trucks and stay safe inside while the action unfolds in front of them. Sound from the performances will be transmitted via their FM radio.

Gates will open one hour prior to the show and close 15 minutes after show starts. The Zoppé circus family will be welcoming cars 30 minutes before every performance in addition to an Old Fashioned Circus Parade immediately prior to the production.

Zoppé’s Drive-In Circus will take place from December 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021 with both nightly shows and daily matinees. Tickets range from $49-199 per car load and can be booked at Zoppe.net.

More great things to do in Tempe with kids can be found here!

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Welcome to Phoenix With Kids, a place where we share the cool activities we do with our children around the state. I live in Phoenix with my wife Jana and our three kids. I design and build websites for select clients.

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