Win Tickets ($50): The Umbrella Festival w/ Wanderlust Circus @ Alberta Rose Theater | Acrobats, Freaks, Vaudeville

We are giving away a pair of tickets to attend the final night of The Umbrella Festival with Wanderlust Circus on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at Alberta Rose Theatre. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 2.

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From our sponsors at Alberta Rose Theatre:
Umbrella Festival @ Alberta Rose TheatreThe Umbrella Festival
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8, 2012
7 p.m. | $25 per night, $45 3-night pass
Minors OK if accompanied by guardian

Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta Street | More Info & Tickets:

Three nights of the bohemian arts of music, circus, vaudeville, burlesque, acrobatics, aerial performance, comedy and more all under the same umbrella. From the storied past to the fabled future, spend a night on “The Road,” a night in “The City” and a night under “The Big Top” with some of the region’s finest performers.


And a veritable legion of vaudevillian luminaries from the green and gritty avenues of Portland, Oregon. The final night of the first annual Umbrella Festival takes us under the big top. Carnies, freaks, geeks, feats of incredible strength and beauty erase the dull drudgery of our workaday existence and transport us into a fantasy land where anything is possible. Portland’s own WANDERLUST CIRCUS Orchestra, HURQALYA (formerly Negara), and AEON NOW provide the music, accompanied by acrobats, sword swallowers, and vaudevillians of all stripes.

The ways of the Circus are older than the nightclubs, older than the banks, older than the cities. These most ancient of performative traditions have always existed just slightly to the left of the Mundane World. Now, at the first flickering of the 21st Century, our piebald clan is once again shedding its skin and remaking itself in the funhouse mirror image of The Second Great Depression.

To aid and abet this latest glorious rebirth, Wanderlust has established itself as the premiere circus operation in The City of Roses, helmed by Noah Mickens and Nick “The Creature” Harbar, and drawing from a roster of performers, designers and technicians from all the greatest shows on Earth. Acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, stilt dancers, trick ropers, jugglers and jazz-bos, crooners and clowns – these arts are our chosen creed, our map through the wilderness.

Ours is a story of an immortal carnie family blessed and cursed to live forever on the endless road that runs between all ports of call, past every sight and across every barrier. The logic of dreams pervades the spaces between the action onstage and the lives of the characters backstage, and from those artifices to the True World of performer and audience.

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90 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): The Umbrella Festival w/ Wanderlust Circus @ Alberta Rose Theater | Acrobats, Freaks, Vaudeville

  1. Shaheen March 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Looks super cool!

  2. Lewis March 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I would have lots and lots and lots of fun.

  3. marisa March 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I want be a vicarious circus freak!

  4. Anna March 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm #


  5. Aimee March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I have never been to something of this nature but if circus freaks are involved, that could only be AMAZING !

  6. Eric March 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Noah and Nick are the best and always bring in the most amazing acts… allow me to be amazed.

  7. Richard March 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Wow, this sounds great. We need more off-mainstream events in Portland

  8. Janie Scott March 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    This sounds like lots of fun! I don’t have the $ to go out, so winning tickets would be great.

  9. Frank Byers March 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I haven’t been to the circus in forever!

  10. McKillakove March 28, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    I ♥ Umbrellas!

  11. Megan March 28, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I would enjoy this show because that is something I have always heard about, read about, or see in movie but have yet to experience. I would soak in everything there and enjoy it all to its fullest. If you pick me you would be crossing something off my bucket list, and that’s always a good thing.

  12. Shannon March 28, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I love the circus!!

  13. Chris R March 28, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    This sounds really fun

  14. Dan Wheeler March 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Sounds sweet. I’d love to check it out. Carnies RULE!

  15. Shelly March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Pick me please! I want to take my husband and watch him freak when the clowns come out!

  16. tanya March 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    A night of vaudeville with fellow Portlanders? Yes please!

  17. Leonard March 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    What a cool show!

  18. Terra March 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    This sounds like an epic way to celebrate my easter birthday!

  19. Lydia March 29, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Because I love the circus!

  20. Liza March 29, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    i’ve never been to something this awesome sounding and i would love to be able to take my boyfriend on a date when he comes in town to visit. this would be really neat!

  21. Margaret March 29, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Acrobats, freaks, and vaudeville, oh my!!! Would love to see these somersaulting superstars devoted to the dalliance of dance and daredevilry. I know of no better way to celebrate an “Umbrella” Festival than Portland, Oregon!!!

  22. Kate March 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    it looks pretty fantastic! tickets please?

  23. Ola March 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I want to win because this sounds like a chapter out of Geek Love and who wouldn’t want to go see that?? Also, I’ve always wanted to run away and join the circus. I wanna be the lady that juggles batons on fire!

  24. Kaity March 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I would LOVE to win tickets to see the Wanderlust Circus on Sunday! It’s my 23rd birthday April 8th and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to enjoy live performers and support their wonderful talents! I live right by the Alberta Rose theater as well, so ultimate convenience. :) I hope you pick me! Thank you!

  25. JaredW March 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Under the big top, not like pee wee herman’s big flop. I’ll be under the umbrella, because since I was a kid I’ve been hella: obsessed with the circus. Give me tickets to Vaudeville and I will be forever so happy…

  26. Garrett March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Would love to go to this!

  27. Carolyn Wiesner March 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Sounds interesting!

  28. Charlie March 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    “We’re here to party” Manimalhouse

  29. Amy March 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Because I have a Dutch friend in town and I want him to experience Portland at its freakiness! He’d love it!

  30. Skye Blue March 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This looks so good!

  31. Jazz March 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This sounds AMAZING! I would love to go.

  32. Ben March 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Never been to anything like this definitely considering it as something to see. Definitely would go if I got tickets.

  33. Jessie March 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    This looks amazing! Love that we have such cool events like this in the city.

  34. Lana March 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I wish I were a circus geek! Amazeballs!

  35. jason March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Love the vaudeville!!!

  36. S HOEBER March 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Carnies smell. Freaks rule.

  37. Vickie March 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Wow! Fun! I may have seen Wanderlust Circus at the OCF in Veneta! I love circus acts that don’t exploit animals.

  38. Karl March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    As a former carnie in Macedonia I look forward to the show!

  39. Scott March 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I already have some tickets to one night. Would mind going twice.

  40. Toby March 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    AMAZING…can’t afford to go to this, will you send me?!?

  41. Lisa March 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I saw this add in WW and NOW I see you have tickets; I would love to go!

  42. Rebecca March 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh I want to go!!!!

  43. abra March 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    oh circus fun!!!! I reupholster vintage umbrellas and parasols!!! My photo booth LOLA would love to play at this gig.

  44. Meghan March 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I want to go but I can’t think of anything witty to say about why I want to go.

  45. erin March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    I have been trying to win tickets to something for everrrrrrr! Please send me to this one. Come on!

  46. Alain March 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Biology and the prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless.

  47. daVe March 30, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    help me solve this crime: i’ve never been to the alberta rose, particularly for something so grand!

  48. Sean March 30, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    What a fantastic event! Who wouldn’t want to be bedazzled by such talent and entertainment? Could ya please save some room for me and my wife under the umbrella?

  49. Terry Baker March 30, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    The winter blues have stretched into spring. This will be a great way to celebrate my birthday!!

  50. Beckie March 30, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Never been to a freak show. I must attend

  51. Maya March 30, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    I am a carnie from a past life! Enjoying this evening will make me feel immortal!

  52. Izzy March 30, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    This sounds really fun. I would love to attend!

  53. Juli March 30, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    This event sounds amazing!

  54. Jess March 30, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I LOVE going to the circus! Clowns do not scare me and Tigers excite me!! :)

  55. Michele March 30, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Pick me! Damn the rain and the everything but the circus.

  56. Dian March 30, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Perfect for bringing my out of town visitor :)

  57. noel March 30, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Big fan of Wanderlust and the other acts as well. Would love to check out all 3 nights on you.

  58. Anna March 30, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    I would love to win and finally see what all the hullabaloo is around the Wanderlust Circus.

  59. Jenny March 30, 2012 at 10:16 am #


  60. Jenny HT March 30, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Looking forward to it!

  61. Warren B March 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I need to experience this

  62. Antonia March 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Looks like it could be a lot of fun to see!

  63. Eric T. March 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Sounds cool. I would so love to go to this.

  64. Shrnk2b March 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Sounds interesting, would love to go please!

  65. Stephi March 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I really want to see the circus perform!!!

  66. steady1 March 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    i think you’re freaky and i like you a lot.

  67. Wendytoobs March 31, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Sounds fun & exciting, yes please!

  68. Wendytoobs March 31, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Sounds like a good time for sure!!

  69. Emily March 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Fire dancers, baton twirlers, jugglers oh my!

  70. Ed March 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    FIRE DANCERS! Well it’s about time!

  71. panda April 1, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    i just have 2 words: GEEK LOVE

  72. Candace April 1, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    This sounds absolutely amazing! It would definitely be a once in a lifetime chance, please send me!

  73. PDXer April 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I’d love to go see/
    The Umbrella Festival/
    Free tickets for me?

  74. Ronda April 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm #


  75. Ronda April 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Pick me pick me pick me!!!

  76. Alex April 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Sounds amazing! Tickets would be much appreciated.

  77. Terry April 2, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    This would really be fun to see !!

  78. melissa April 2, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    This month is my three ur wedding anniversary and the first one I actually get to spend with the most amazing man in the world. We cannot afford to do anything for escorted because I’m an injured army vet that cannot work. It would be an amazing gift for us

  79. Jose April 2, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I want to go.

  80. Patrick McNearney April 2, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I’d love to go! I’m new to Portland and need to experience all that “Keeps Portland Weird”!

  81. Becka April 3, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    This would be so much fun!

  82. Katrina April 3, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I’m dying to go to this! My friends all make fun of my creepy carny music obsession. Now I have somewhere I can fit in! :)

  83. La Vie Bohimie April 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    I use umbrellas for the sun because I like to be wet. I use tickets for the show because I like to be bohemian.

  84. John April 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Please pick the kindest person that deserves it most!

  85. Sandi April 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    We would love, Love, LOVE to win these tickets!!

  86. leslie April 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    It would be a dream come true to find myself under The Umbrella with tickets from The Pipeline.

  87. Amiee April 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Looks like a whole lotta fun!!!!

  88. Tom April 6, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Because this sounds like a great alternative to the Cirque show.

  89. Chaz April 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    My inner child needs to see the clowns! I’ll ake a ticket or two if you have them available. Thanks!

  90. Grace March 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I have read many books on vaudeville and circus freaks as a child, it would be amazing to see the pictures from the beloved books I read live. It would be even more amazing to share this with my Hubby making our first year as a married couple and Oregonians amazing!!! Here’s to hoping.

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