Payomet Cirque by the Sea brings the joy and power of circus to Cape Cod with amazing weekly professional circus shows for all ages and an incredibly fun circus camp for kids of all ages in the summer. We also offer workshops for all ages and educational programs for local schools throughout the year! Our 2020 season at the Payomet Big Top Tent is in the works... our team of circus professionals are already designing our new Circus shows and classes. Stay tuned!
"Circus arts training builds confidence, social skills and is more fun than just about anything else in the world of performing arts. That's why we're offering --and expanding-- our circus for the 7th year in a row!" -Kevin Rice, Artistic Director



Acrobatics, Aerial Fabric, Static Trapeze, Lyra, Juggling, Physical Comedy & Improv, Hooping, Trampoline, Movement

Circus class for Tots

Ages 3 - 6

Tots Circus Class

A great way to explore and refine fine motor skills is with a circus taster class. Tots and adults together experience a blend of juggling, acrobatics and aerials. This class is a great intro to the circus arts as well as a fun and supportive environment to hone in important developmental skills such as coordination, balance, teamwork, following instructions and more.  

Parents stay with children and participate together, 1 child per parent recommended for class.


Payomet Circus Camp

Ages 7 - 14

Circus Camp

Circus Camp classes over a six-week period for students, ages 7-14. Our core program runs four days a week (Mon-Thur). Every week will include aerial arts, acrobatics, juggling, mini-trampoline, physical comedy, improv, object manipulation, rope climbing and physical training geared to the level of each individual student. 

Upon enrollment, students will be placed by instructors in 1 of 2 different levels of class, designed to provide the best experience for each student based on their current skill level. 


Aerial Classes for Adults and Teens

Ages 15 - 95

Aerial Classes for Teens & Adults

For anyone 15+ who wants to try aerials, such as silks, trapeze, or lyra. No experience is necessary, but you should be able to comfortably support your own weight when holding a pull up bar (don’t worry if you can’t do pull-ups...yet!).

And if you have done aerials before, we will gear instruction to your level. Come to any one class or more. Purchase now to ensure a spot! Limited to 6 students per session.

Stay Tuned




Professional Circus Shows

Some Like It Hotter

For 2019, Payomet’s Cirque by the Sea presented SOME LIKE IT HOTTER an original circus show under the Payomet Big Top Tent that blew people away! 

It was the field trip of a lifetime…a group of students take an around-the-world adventure exploring the global effects of climate change. 

With high-flying aerials, imagination-defying juggling, side-splitting comedy and amazing acrobatics, Payomet’s fabulous circus artists show the reality of climate change in a whole new light.

“As clever as it is enchanting…”
–The Provincetown Banner on 2018's The Scurvy Urchin: An Overboard Adventure

Here's a clip of SOME LIKE IT HOTTER. We are already working on next year’s show!



“My son never used to rush out of the house – to anything. Now he the car every time I take him to circus camp. It’s been a real growth thing for him.”

“As early as age ten, my daughter would talk about when she would be going college. Now all she talks about is joining the circus.”