IJA 2020 Online Festival

IJA 2020 Online Festival
July 13-19, 2020

IJA 2020 Online is a week long, multi-platform juggling event. The entire event is pay-what-you-want and open to the public, except for the IJA Online Juggling Championships, which is open only to members. We hope you’ll join us! Please consider donating to support us in making this event possible.

This festival section of juggle.org is a portal of links to all things related to IJA 2020 Online. In addition to our live events Schedule, don’t forget to check out our workshops and take a look at the prizes in our online raffle this year. Fest apparel is available from our shop to help you maintain your collection or just to commemorate this strange time in history.

Between our five shows, six panels, a ‘From the Archives’ movie night, a livestream of Drop Everything with Dan Holzman, IJA Award Presentations, IJA Online Juggling Championships, and the IJA Joggling Competition, we hope you find something engaging and exciting for you. Have an idea of something you want to see happen at IJA 2020 Online? Message wieliczka@juggle.org.

The judges for this year’s IJA Online Juggling Championships were all the IJA members. Although the deadline for scoring the competitors has passed, IJA members can still view the 2020 Championships entries. To view the Championships, you need to be a current IJA member with an IJA username and password. The winners will be announced on Saturday, July 18, during the Cascade of Stars.

You don’t have to be an IJA member to joggle in either the Fun Run or the Competitive events of the Online Joggling Championships.


  • Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show Quarantine Edition and IJA Welcome Show – Monday 7:30pm EDT / 11:30pm GMT
  • Flow Show – Wednesday 3pm EDT / 7pm GMT
  • IRC Show – Friday 8pm EDT / 12am GMT
  • Cascade of Stars – Saturday 8pm EDT / 12am GMT


  • Race in Juggling: Addressing Inclusion in the Juggling Community, with Sky King
  • Feminist Juggling – Creating Inclusive Spaces in the Juggling Community, with Josie Mae
  • Juggling History Q&A, with David Cain
  • Practice Methodologies, with Matt Hall
  • Building International Juggling Community, with Erin Stephens
  • Mess Discussion, with Eric Sipos

Please plan on attending the IJA Annual General Meeting at 7pm EDT on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

If you’re willing to help out with the online fest, please email wieliczka@juggle.org.

See also the IJA Festival Facebook event.

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:

73rd Annual Festival, Online

July 13-19, 2020

IJA Online Juggling Championships

Online Joggling Championships

Workshops, shows, panel discussions, and more

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

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.