not even a pandemic can keep a good acrobat down. Cirque du Soleil, Houston’s (and the world’s) favorite high-flying contemporary circus, is making its grand return to the Bayou City this fall. And it’s bringing back fan-favorite show Alegría when it heads back under the big top at Sam Houston Race Park on November 13.

“We know our artists are ready to get back on the road and fans are eager to reconnect at events,” said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, in a statement.

One of the shows that helped define Cirque’s signature artistically acrobatic style, Alegría has played to more than 14 million fans in 255 cities around the globe since it first premiered in 1994. The Canadian company reimagined the performance for the next generation of spectators in 2019. Alegría in a New Light was an early pandemic casualty when its Houston run was abruptly stopped as the coronavirus swept across the U.S. 

“More than 450 days have passed since our stages around the world went dark, and we have been anxiously waiting for this moment,” said Lamarre, who noted the unplanned intermission is officially over.

Tickets for the Houston leg of Alegría are available now, and there’s been an overall increase in demand for Cirque tickets, so don’t expect seats to stay open for long.

Nov 13–Dec 12. From $55. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W. More info and tickets at

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