The 26th Annual New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February – Sunday 18th February 2018 in beautiful Hastings, Hawkes Bay.


About the festival

Since 1993 the "New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival" has travelled all over the country, taking an exciting and diverse event to new kiwi communities. The Festival invites all local, national and international visitors, from complete beginners through to professionals. There is something for everyone. Each year 100 to 250 participants come together from all over the world to have a great time!

The NZJCF is a place where everyone can learn or share circus skills from aerial to ground, juggling to balance and from beginner to advanced. It is a beautiful environment whether you want to learn, teach, hang-out or just play. No matter how experienced you are, or if you’ve never juggled before, the festival has something to offer everyone ...

This year Johhny Ryan is proud to announce that the New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival will be held at the AMP Showgrounds in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. This is the first time the festival has travelled to Hastings, and we are already getting a lot of support from the local community!

There will be circus workshops for all levels, an amazing public show, Renegade performances, Fire Jam, Juggling Olympics and more.

For more information and to keep up to date with the festival be sure to follow the event and join us on Facebook!!

Special Guests

Amazing local and international talent already confirmed (more to come!):
Emma Hornell!! or Facebook!!
Louise Kerr Paper Girl Show or Facebook!!
Vinyl Burns!! or Facebook!!
Ellie May Marshall!! or Facebook!!
Kozo Komatsubara!! or Facebook!!
Lance Wood Facebook!!

And many more to come... We will keep you posted!

The NZJCF Public Gala Show

7.30pm - 9.00pm Saturday the 17th of Feburary

The New Zealand Juggling Festival presents the annual "Gala Show". This show brings some of the countries best professional and up and coming variety acts to communities around the country. It even draws a few international performers!

More information to come!!

The Circus Olympics

2.30pm - 5.00pm Saturday the 17th of Feburary
Hawke’s Bay A&P Showgrounds, Gate C, Elwood Road, Hastings.

The Juggling Olympics is a family friendly day in the park! The event is a series of circus competitions, both serious and silly, where the participants of the New Zealand Juggling and Circus Festival challenge one another for glory.

Come on down, get involved, have some fun, be amazed and be entertained!

Festival Schedule


  • unpack at the AMP Showgrounds amongst the NZJA ‘Tent City’, relax in the Chill Zone, juggle in the Big Tent, and enjoy BBQ Night with all your friends you haven’t seen for a year!


  • workshops, fun at Splash Planet, unicycle Te Mata Peak, wander the beautiful gardens and juggle by the pond, prepare for the 7.30 Renegade in the Big Tent


  • more workshops! Juggling Olympics! Public Show in the centre of Hastings in a fantastic 300 seat venue!


  • Juggle for your Breakfast – enjoy the amazing Hawkes Bay Farmer’s Market right next door. Enjoy one more day of wonderful weather. Pack up after lunch. Option to stay till Monday for travel.

Extras to watch out for

  • Thursday evening “Madness In The Mall!” with the Hasting’s Business Association. Massive busking opportunities. Food. Costumes. Help the NZJA make an impact! Splash Planet time on Friday and Saturday. Hawkes Bay’s answer to Parakai. Huge outdoor slides and fun park. Indoor hot pools and slide. Plenty of space to throw things in the air! (Ticketing to be confirmed.)
  • Week long Art Deco events throughout Hawkes Bay like the ‘Tremains Art Deco Festival’ which includes over 250 events, hundreds of 1920s and 30s cars, aerobatic flying displays, railcar rides, great Gatsby picnics, dinner dance extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts to name a few.
  • The chance to join thousands and thousands of guests and locals alike dressed in Deco style bringing your own glamour to the streets of Hastings and Napier. Bring your costume. Tune into Louis Armstrong. Get your routine ready. Put on your hat. Wax your moustache. Polish your beads. It’s going to be a blast!!! Come and join us

Registration Fees


Go to the Eventfinda page HERE to purchase tickets!!
Or buy on the door with cash only!
Full Festival Pass including camping, all workshops, Friday dinner, and Gala Show.
Adult $90
Child 6 to 14 $30
5 and Under free
Family (2+ 2 ) $200

Day Pass including all workshops and or Saturday Olympics.
Adult $20
Child 6 to 14 $15
5 and under free
Family (2+ 2 ) $50

Saturday Spectacular Circus Gala Show only 7.30 till 9pm
Adult $20
Child 6 to 14 $15
5 and Under free
Family (2+ 2 ) $50


For any questions email: or Johnny directly on

For any travellers travelling around New Zealand on their way to or from the NZJCF the lovely people at Jugglers Rest have offered discounted accommodation for you in Picton.