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 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford “Pop” Horton.

Tickets are the boarding pass for experiencing the world Gamma Phi Circus-style! Countries across the globe will be represented by exciting traditional and innovative new acts—all sure to please audiences of all ages! Don’t miss it!

What: 2016 Gamma Phi Circus
When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Where: Redbird Arena


Special rates and priority seating for alumni (sections L and M) are available for early purchase only through March 25. Alumni tickets are $12 for ages 13 and up, $8 for children ages 5–12, and $3 for children ages 4 and under.

Order your show tickets and show poster-programs* by March 25 at or by calling the Alumni Relations office at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478. All show tickets and poster-programs will need to be picked up at the Redbird Arena Box Office during show weekend.

Nonalumni/reserved seating tickets (at regular rates) can be purchased through the Braden Auditorium Box Office and Ticketmaster beginning Friday, February 12. 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 15 and 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. April 16.

Matinee Carnival

The Student Alumni Council will sponsor its fifth annual preshow Carnival on the Redbird Arena concourse, beginning at noon before the 1 p.m. Saturday Matinee show on April 16. 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 kids of all ages. For more information on the Student Alumni Council Sibling Weekend Carnival, visit

Circus Alumni Reception

Gamma Phi Circus alumni attending Saturday’s evening show are warmly invited to a reception to be held prior to Saturday night’s performance, from 6–6:45 p.m., in the Redbird Room at Redbird Arena. Your evening show ticket is your admission into the reception. Join fellow circus alums and reminisce as we celebrate the 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi.

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.

Gamma Phi merchandise

*Get your brand new Circus Show poster-program at $2 each when you add them to your early ticket order and save 33 percent off the price of the program on show weekend. The rich full-color poster-program has a 34-inch-by-22-inch poster on one side and a smaller poster along with Circus info on the back side. Perfect for signing after show and framing! When you place your order, you will receive a voucher with your show tickets to redeem at the merchandise tables inside Redbird Arena. This year, merchandise tables will be located at the north, east, and west entry areas on the arena concourse. Supporting Gamma Phi with your purchase of T-shirts, programs, and lightsabers has never been so easy and convenient!