2021 IJA Festival – Online

2021 IJA Festival
July 12-18, 2021

The IJA Board of Directors and the Festival Director Team have made the decision to hold the 2021 IJA Festival online, instead of in Wichita, KS. We are saddened to have to put off meeting again in person for another year. This decision did not come easily, and while we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are also aware of the unpredictability of the world at this time and our decision was made with the health and well-being of the juggling community in mind.

While we wait for the world to level out, the IJA Festival Director team is already hard at work developing an outstanding Online Festival with a variety of components.

2021 IJA World Joggling Championships (online via video submission)

2021 IJA World Joggling Championships will happen online via your very cool video submissions! The competition will take place over two different date ranges: Block A from April 1 through May 15, and Block B from June 1 through July 15. There will be five official events in each Block. For full details, see 2021 Joggling Championships.

2021 IJA Numbers Championships – Online

This year the IJA will be hosting the Numbers Championships online. Competitors do not need to be IJA members, and there is no registration fee, so let all your numbers juggling friends know that they can enter for free! Jugglers can submit videos of their best qualifying runs in four events:

Individual Balls – minimum 9 balls
Individual Rings – minimum 9 rings
Individual Clubs – minimum 7 clubs
Individual Ball Bouncing – minimum 9 balls

Before recording your video, see the Numbers Championships Entry Form for the video requirements and a link to the rules. The deadline to enter is 11:59pm EDT on Monday, June 28, 2021, so start practicing.  Results will be shared in a live feed during the 2021 IJA Festival – Online, July 12-18, 2021.

More IJA Festival information will be released soon. Set your calendars for July 12-18th, 2021, for the IJA Festival!

This event would not be possible without the technical advice, direction, and streaming assistance provided by OASIS and Casey.

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:

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

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

77th Annual Festival
Green Bay, Wisconsin, July 8-14, 2024

78th Annual Festival
Evansville, Indiana, July 14-20, 2025

IJA has contracted for our festival destinations through 2025. We will begin prospecting for our 2026 festival destination in summer 2021.

For further information, please contact the IJA Future Festival Site team (Mike Sullivan & Craig Lewis) at festivalsite@juggle.org.

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