70th IJA Festival

Cedar Rapids, IOWA
July 10-16, 2017

Mark your calendar now for a historic week of incredible juggling, workshops, shows, competitions and memories in Cedar Rapids! Stay tuned for regular updates on performers, registration, special events and unexpected surprises!

Founded in 1947, the IJA is excited to be celebrating it’s 70th Annual Festival in the delightful city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. See you there!

Downtown Cedar Rapids is an ideal setting for the IJA festival, loaded with fun, friendly, casual places to eat, drink and shop. All Festival venues are conveniently located in the compact and friendly downtown center. Check out Go Cedar Rapids for more information on this great festival host city.


Event Packages

Event packages for the IJA fest include gym access, regular workshops, a T-shirt and a ticket to each show. They don’t include special workshops or any competition entry fees. Purchase your Event Package during the Early Bird period for the best price. Special workshops can also be purchased during advance registration.

A La Carte registration will be available on-site at the festival for: daily gym admission, T-shirts, show tickets, special workshops and spectator passes.

Event Packages March 20th thru June 30th On-Site at the Fest
Adult (age 18-64) $239 $259
Youth/Senior (11-17, 65+) $189 $219

Enjoy 7 days of world-class shows featuring international performers, 24-hour open juggling, Club Renegade shows, a wide variety of juggling competitions, and workshops for jugglers of all skill levels.
Click here to see a list of performers

The 2016 IJA Stage Championship total prize money has been increased to $35,000! Thanks to the generous support of anonymous donors, iiWii and Unna Med, the 69th Annual IJA Festival will have the largest prize money in history! The prize money includes $10,000 for the Gold Medalists of the Individuals and Teams Championship! The Deadline to enter is April 1st.

IJA 2017 Festival

Jugglers and Circus Artists of all kinds are invited to join us for the Historic 70th Annual IJA Festival, July 10-16 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. Shows, Competitions, Workshops, 24/7 open gym, Special Events – See You There!

Things To Look Forward To:

Festival Site: the brand-new, $144-million US Cellular Center Complex:

  • A huge 28,000-sq.ft. main juggling space, connected to the DoubleTree Hotel by the hotel’s atrium lobby.
  • 5,000-sq.ft. of adjacent workshop space in the Taft meeting rooms, just steps from the gym.
  • A gorgeous atrium lobby and prefunction area for XJuggling, Games of the IJA, and more.
  • All of it connected to the beautiful high-rise DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, our festival headquarters hotel!

Festival Theatre: The Paramount Theatre is a quick 5-minute walk from the DoubleTree and the US Cellular Center:

  • A stunning live performance theatre, recently restored to its original 1920’s glory.
  • The Paramount will be our venue for four nights of world-class juggling and variety shows and Stage Championships that are highlights of every IJA festival.

Festival Hotels: Offering impressive IJA festival rates for up to four people in a room!

  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Center Complex, a beautiful, modern, high-rise boutique hotel located in the same building as our juggling space and Club Renegade venue.
  • The Best Western Cooper’s Mill Inn, located a quick 12-minute (0.6-mile) walk across the river from downtown, offering a real value in amenities and convenience for budget-conscious jugglers.

Keep an eye on this page for all updates being made for the historic 70th Annual IJA Festival.
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