IJA Festival 2020


El Paso, Texas
July 13-19, 2020

Join us at the IJA Festival 2020 for a week of incredible juggling, workshops, shows, competitions and memories in El Paso, Texas. Stay tuned to this page for regular updates on performers, registration, special events and unexpected surprises! See you in Texas!

Annual IJA Festival

Festival Registration

Pre-registration closed May 24th. You can register on-site in Fort Wayne starting at 9am on Tuesday, June 25th, in Convention Hall A at at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

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Win A Festival Scholarship

What does the juggling community mean to you? Your answer could win you a scholarship to the 2019 IJA Festival! Submit a 1 minute video that answers this question and highlights your juggling skill, and we will select our 2 favorites to win a free festival package and $500 travel stipend.

Video submissions due April 5
Post to Instagram and/or Facebook, use #IJAFestScholarship and tag @ijajugglers or email marketing@juggle.org. Submissions in any language, and from any country are encouraged!

Judging criteria:
50% – What the juggling community means to you. – Let us know how being a part of the juggling community has had an impact on your life.  Why do you love juggling?
30% – Juggling – We want to see your skills in action!
20% – Video Quality good editing, cool theme, unique presentation, etc.


IJA 2019 Festival

Jugglers and Circus Artists of all kinds are invited to join us for the 71st Annual IJA Festival, July 16-22 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Shows, Competitions, Workshops, 24/7 Open Gym, Special Events – See You There!

Festival Venues:

  • A 25,000 sq.ft main juggling space open 24 hours a day.
  • Four adjacent rooms for workshop space, just steps from the gym.
  • Within a 5 minute walk to our theater and hotels.

Festival Theatre: The stunning Embassy Theatre is located right across the street from Grand Wayne Convention Center:

  • A classic Vaudeville-era style performance theater, built in the 1920s.
  • The Embassy Theatre will be our venue for the Welcome Show, Cascade of Stars and IJA Stage Championships.

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

Complete hotel info including how to get the IJA group booking rates for the hotels are available on our Lodging page.

  • The Hilton Fort Wayne is a modern, full-service high-rise hotel right in the middle of downtown Fort Wayne. It is ideally located at the center of everything going on during the IJA festival.
  • The Courtyard by Marriott is located less than 150 feet across the street from the entrance to the Grand Wayne Convention Center and features rooms with a king bed and fold out sofa, or double beds.

All the info you need to learn about and get ready for this year’s IJA Festival can be found on this site. Learn about the Lodging Options, Festival Events, Shows and Special Guests, Competitions, Festival Pricing, Vendor Information, and other Festival Details. Have any more questions? Don’t hesitate to Contact Us!

Keep an eye on this page for more updates coming soon on the 71st Annual IJA Festival.
Join our Facebook Event Page for regular ongoing festival information!

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See You In Fort Wayne!

Future and Past IJA Festivals

Save the dates and start planning now for these future IJA festivals:

73rd Annual Festival
El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020.

74th Annual Festival
Wichita, Kansas, July 12-18, 2021

75th Annual Festival
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 11-17, 2022

76th Annual Festival
South Bend, Indiana, July 17-23, 2023

IJA has contracted for our festival destinations through 2023. We are qualifying prospective destinations for 2024 through spring, 2020.

For further information, please contact IJA Future Festival Site Coordinator Mike Sullivan at 972-333-3532, or email festivalsite@juggle.org.

Interested in IJA Festival history and past competition results? See Past Festivals.