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Circus Vargas returns to Sunrise Mall for 2019 show

Circus Vargas, Citrus Heights
A massive big top will be set up outside Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights for Circus Vargas. // Archive photo, courtesy Circus Vargas

Sentinel staff report–
Flying acrobats, daredevils, jugglers and more are scheduled for Oct. 3-6 outside Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, as part of Circus Vargas.

The travelling circus annually sets up for several days outside Sunrise Mall and venues in other cities, changing up the performances offered each year for a unique experience. This year’s circus will feature a theme paying homage to the “golden era of circus,” promising to offer attendees “the hypnotic call of the Calliope, the sawdust, the sequins, the spangles,” according to the circus’ website.

Showtimes are scheduled to begin in the evenings, with additional daytime showings on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers recommend attendees arrive 30 minutes early for the better seating options and also to participate in pre-show interactive features, where kids “can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more.”

Standard ticket prices for first-come, first-serve seats range from $15 for kids tickets and $25 for adult tickets in bleacher seats in the far back, with higher priced options climbing up to $72 for front row VIP seats. Kids under 2 years old are free.

Circus Vargas is run by CEO Nelson Quiroga, who founded Tabares Entertainment in 2005 along with his wife Katya. According to a video published on, Quiroga’s family immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with “no money whatsoever, just with a dream,” but soon moved up the ownership ladder and took the reigns of Circus Vargas after the prior owners retired.

The circus was most recently set up at the Galleria at Roseville, and will continue on for a five-day stint at Lakeside Church in Folsom, from Oct. 10-14.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online at

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