Join us for the annual Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows, a Sibling Weekend tradition that features performances by the oldest collegiate circus in the nation. This year marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford “Pop” Horton. This year, bring your shades but prepare to stargaze because we are celebrating the heart of SoCal-HOLLYWOOD! You won’t want to miss it!

What: 2015 Gamma Phi Circus
When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18
Where: Redbird Arena


Special rates and priority seating for alumni (sections L and M) are available for purchase only through April 3. Alumni tickets are $10 for attendees ages 13 and up, $6 for children ages 5–12, and $1 for children ages 4 and under.

Order your show tickets by April 3 at or by calling the Alumni Relations office at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478.

Non-alumni/reserved seating tickets (at regular rates) can be purchased now through the Braden Box Office and Ticketmaster. On show weekend, reserved seating tickets may be purchased at the door. The Redbird Arena Box Office will be open from 5–7 p.m. April 17 and 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. April 18.


The Student Alumni Council will sponsor its fourth annual preshow Carnival on the Redbird Arena concourse, beginning at noon before the 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee show on April 18. This popular Sibling Weekend event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. The Carnival includes a variety of games, face painters, photos, fun, and prizes for children of all ages. For more information on the Student Alumni Council Sibling Weekend Carnival, visit


This year, a merchandise table will be located right above the alumni sections (L and M) on the arena concourse, so supporting Gamma Phi with your purchase of T-shirts, souvenir books, and lightsabers will be easy and convenient!


Gamma Phi Circus Alumni are warmly invited to a reception to be held before Saturday night’s performance, from 6–6:45 p.m., in the Redbird Room at Redbird Arena. Join fellow circus alums and reminisce as we celebrate the 86th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi in 1929.

We encourage you to show off your vintage Gamma Phi and alumni tees, and membership pins as you cheer on this year’s troupe. We believe this will be a great kickoff to the evening’s performance. Light refreshments will be served. We ask circus alums who wish to attend the reception to RSVP at by April 1. If you are attending the preshow alumni reception, please pick up your show tickets prior to the reception. You will need your show ticket to enter the arena.