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New Acts, Flying Feats, and More – The Circus is Coming to Town!

Snowmass Village Hosts the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, August 18, 19, and 20

Snowmass, Colo., (August 14, 2017) – The Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to the Base Village Events Lawn in Snowmass Village on August 18, 19, and 20, 2017 to celebrate its 175th anniversary under the Big Top. Founded in 1842, the seventh generation of Zoppé family performers continue to welcome spectators into an intimate 600-seat tent known as Veneto. The circus features new acts this year, including acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation.

New this year, Tosca Zoppé will present her father Alberto’s classic bareback riding act to honor the 175th Anniversary. Also new to the lineup is a rare bicycle riding act, a 120 year old act that has not been seen in modern circus for 65 years.

“The Zoppé’s first came to Snowmass Village in 2015 and made many friends and fans in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Zoppé Colorado Tour Director Gina Hallisey. “It’s one of the Zoppé’s favorite stops on the Colorado tour and this year’s show, ‘Celebrating 175 Years Under the Big Top’, is set to be a great show highlighting the Zoppé family of performers including some exciting acts that haven’t been seen in America for years.”

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is a traditional European circus with talented artists performing in the same interactive style their ancestor’s entertained families over a century ago and is one of the last family-run, one-ring traveling circuses in the United States. The Zoppé Circus is staged as it would have been in the 1800’s, with the costumes, music and style of show transporting guests back to that time period.

Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-generation circus performer who stars as the main character, Nino the Clown, captures the hearts of the audience with his playful antics as the central figure of the circus’ story. The Zoppé Circus is truly a family affair with Carla Zoppé and her husband Rudy Heinin’s skillful canines, plus a horse spectacular with a human pyramid presented by equestrienne ballerina Tosca Zoppé. Ringmaster Pepino orchestrates the 175th anniversary show with returning family favorites including Cavalino the Italian Stallion, and new exciting acts such as the Argentinean Gauchos, plus more.

The engagement in Snowmass Village is part of a special 175th anniversary 2017 Tour that runs in Colorado from August 11 to September 10. All are invited to come out to the Base Village Events Lawn and support the art form known as the family circus.


Friday, August 18                4pm & 7pm

Saturday, August 19           1pm, 4pm & 7pm

Sunday, August 20             1pm & 4pm

Tickets for the circus are $20 for general admission (bleacher seating), $50 for VIP (2nd row chair seating) and $75 for VIP package (front row, reserved, ringside chair seating with choice of two concession items). Kids under 2 are free. Online ticket sales are open offering a special $5.00 off discount for General Admission with the code CIRCUS. Local outlets selling General Admission tickets include Sundance Liquor & Gift in the Snowmass Center plus restaurants Slice, Base Camp and Sake in the Base Village. VIP tickets are limited and are only available online. The on-site box office will open one hour prior to each performance.  For more information on the circus or to purchase tickets online please visit


Zoppe Italian Family Media Contact: Gina Hallisey, 303-726-6111 or

Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey, Public Relations Coordinator, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or

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