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Black Creek Pioneer Village Goes Back to the Mid Century for the Greatest Show on Earth



The show goes on July 13-14 and 20-21

Come one, come all! On the weekends of July 13-14 and 20-21, Black Creek Pioneer Village is pulling out all the stops for the Mid-Century Carnival: Greatest Show on Earth! Enjoy days full of lively entertainment, fantastic storytelling, festival food and much more at Toronto's largest outdoor living history museum. Thrill as the Mental Floss Side Show and Zoltan the Adequate perform feats of unbelievable daring-do including fire eating and sword swallowing! Take part in an interactive fairy tale or discover the amazing World of Wonders Dime Museum of Curiosities. Get a glimpse of the past with the Family Friendly Peep Shows and learn to be silly in the School of Clowning. Don't miss the craft vendors and fun festive foods!

The event is based on P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome show (later known as The Greatest Show on Earth). In the beginning, Barnum featured the rare and exotic alongside the best in entertainment which drew thousands of visitors who came for fun, adventure and a peek at the strange and mystical.

"We are excited to bring the spirit of P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth to Black Creek Pioneer Village," said Geri Smith, Events Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "The Mid-Century Carnival is the only place in the city where you and your family can enjoy the entertaining acts and displays that reflect the spirit and intrigue of a 19th century travelling amusement show."

Event Highlights:

  • Main stage performance by the Mental Floss Side Show and Zoltan the Adequate!
  • World of Wonders, Dime Museum of Curiosities - Discover the rare and amazing exhibits including a Fiji Mermaid, Paul Bunyan's Gun, a Jackalope and much much more!
  • School of Clowning - Discover your inner clown and see what it takes to really clown around!
  • Fairy Tales - Step into the story with our entertaining storyteller!
  • Family Friendly Peep Shows - Peek inside the boxes to reveal the wonders within!
  • Optical Toys - Try out some toys that trick the eye and which led to the invention of film and animation!

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Gallery, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto


About Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum, located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto. Visitors can explore heritage homes and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Black Creek Pioneer Village acknowledges support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, The Living City Foundation and the public. For more information please visit


Media Contact:
Rowena Calpito
Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632