Boston Juggling Festival 2018
BJF 2018 has ended.
Thanks for coming. We’ll see you next year!
About the Boston Juggling Festival
The 5th Annual Boston Juggling Festival (formerly JuggleMIT) is an inclusive, 3-day celebration of juggling, flow arts, and object manipulation of all sorts. Founded at MIT on a snowy day in 2014, BJF is now the premier juggling festival in Massachusetts, attracting professional and aspiring circus artists from across the country. BJF is also a welcoming festival, where beginners and pros alike can share their skills and make lasting memories. This year's festival includes 3 days of workshops, 2 juggling shows, a 1-trick contest, a dedicated sand-court volleyclub play arena, and juggling games. So what are you waiting for? Join us at BJF on Sep. 14-16, 2018!
BJF Stage Show
Friday, September 14, 2018 ◆ 9:15PM
WALKER MEMORIAL, MIT
BJF Circus Show
Saturday, September 15, 2018 ◆ 7PM
KRESGE AUDITORIUM, MIT
Full Festival Pass (includes access to all festival activities, workshops, and venues, a raffle ticket, and tickets to the BJF Stage & Circus Shows):
General Admission: $40
Children (7-12), Seniors (62+), and Non-MIT students w/IDs: $30
MIT students with ID: $12 (w/ Saturday show ticket) or Free (w/o Saturday show ticket)
Infants (0-6): Free
BJF Circus Show (Saturday show only; included in Full Festival Pass):
General Admission: $22
Children (12 & under), Seniors (62+), and Non-MIT students w/IDs: $16
MIT students with ID: $12
Day passes available at the door only.
BJF is a not-for-profit festival that strives to offer off-the-charts fun at an affordable price point. If you would like to support the festival with a donation, you may do so below. 100% of donations go to programming and to support our festival teachers and performers. We deeply appreciate your support!
September 14, 2018
5:00pm - Registration begins
5:00-8:15pm - Open juggling and workshops
9:15pm - BJF Stage Show
post show-1:00am - Late-night juggling
September 15, 2018
9:00am-5:15pm - Open juggling and workshops
5:30pm - Gym closes for BJF Circus Show
7:00pm - BJF Circus Gala (at Kresge Auditorium)
post show-1:00am - Late-night juggling
September 16, 2018
9:00am-6:45pm - Open juggling and workshops
12:30-1:30pm - Open-registration 1-Trick Contest & Raffle prizes announced
1:30-3:00pm - Juggling games
7:30pm-late - Open jam & late-night juggling
The Boston Juggling Festival is all about sharing skills and helping each other learn. We provide a full roster of workshops. The schedule will be made available here a few days before the festival. We also encourage impromptu workshops. You may put your requests and announcements on the whiteboard in the main juggling hall.
There is no sign-up for workshops. Just show up, participate, and have fun!
The 2018 BJF workshop schedule is live! Take a look and plan your weekend of workshops!
Have a comment or question? Send us a message here.
About the MIT Juggling Club:
The MIT Juggling Club (MITJC) is the oldest "drop in" juggling club in continuous operation in the world. Based on radiocarbon dating and fossil records, our group sprung to life around 1970 as the MIT Unicycling Club. In 1974, Arthur Lewbel created the MIT Juggling Club, which soon merged with the MIT Unicycling Club. Nowadays, the MITJC welcomes jugglers, unicyclers, and movement artists of all kinds, ages, and skills levels.
MITJC meets every Sunday (including summers and holidays) from 3-6 PM in the lobby of Building 10 at MIT. (If the weather is nice, we usually migrate outside of Lobby 10 to Killian Court, and if the weather is not so nice but Lobby 10 is booked for another activity, you can find us in Lobby 13 or Lobby 7 instead.) For directions, see this interactive map of MIT's campus. MITJC hosts the annual Boston Juggling Festival (BJF) and other events throughout the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is BJF?
BJF 2018 will be taking place from September 14-16, 2018 at Walker Memorial, located on MIT's campus at 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142.
I'd like to teach at BJF! How can I sign up?
BJF wouldn't be what it is without our amazing teachers. Interested in teaching? It's easy! Just fill out this 2018 BJF Teachers Application!
I'm interested in vending at BJF. What it is the process for becoming a festival vendor?
Festival vendors are selecting year-by-year. You can apply to vend at BJF using this 2018 BJF Vendors Application. Vending tables will be provided free-of-charge to approved vendors this year, though we encourage vendors to donate an item to our volunteer raffle.
Why did the festival change names from "JuggleMIT" to "BJF"?
In short, "JuggleMIT" was regularly confused with the name of our juggling club (MITJC). We wanted a name that made it clear that our festival was indeed...a festival! While we are sad to say goodbye to the name "JuggleMIT", the Boston Juggling Festival will always be uniquely MIT-inspired and will continue to embody the open and welcoming feeling of the campus as a whole.
Any housing recommendations in the area?
MIT provides some recommendations about where to stay here. If you’re trying to save money on housing, we recommend looking at Airbnb. If you’re really in a pinch, try posting to the BJF discussion thread on our Facebook event page to see if anyone would be available to host or go in on a rental together.
Where can I park?
Visitor parking recommendations are available here. Parking is free on Sundays. There is also occasional parking spots available along Memorial Drive in front of Walker Memorial.
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