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PORTLAND JUGGLING FESTIVAL 2023
SEPTEMBER 15TH-17TH 

The Portland Juggling Festival returns for its 31st year! 

Join us at JaJaPDX for a weekend of workshops & open juggling. Plus a Vaudeville Extravaganza show at Reed College.

Future Ticket Link Coming Soon

3 Decades of T-Shirt Fun:

Festival Gist:

JaJaPDX

819 SE Taylor St. Portland, OR

Full Weekend of Workshops, Games, Juggling, & Fun!

See Schedule Below for Hours.

Full Weekend Pass Available!

Cost TBD

Big Show Saturday - Doors at 7pm

Ticket Cost - TBD

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PORTLAND JUGGLERS

Weekly Gatherings:

 

Summer juggling outside at Reed College May 17 - Aug. 16

On the lawn in front of the performing arts center.

Wednesdays from 7pm - dark.

Many of us now meet at wonderfully supportive JaJa PDX for indoor juggling.

Tuesdays from 7-9pm. 

Gatherings are open to the public and welcome donations (donations encouraged at Jaja PDX). All kinds of juggling, object manipulation, and circus skills are embraced. We are famously playful and generous with the sharing of our juggling knowledge.

The Portland Jugglers used to meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 at the Reed College Sports Center for decades. Reed College began offering juggling as a PE class in 1979, and it was open to the public who frequently brought new skills to the college class. The public component grew into the Portland Jugglers, and we traditionally meet weekly concurrent with the college class. Additionally, we hosted the Portland Juggling Festival at Reed nearly every year of the festival's existence. However, in the winter of 2020, the Sports Center collapsed during an ice storm. While Reed rebuilds, we have landed at a new circus venue Jaja PDX. We are grateful to Reed College for helping foster Portland's vibrant juggling community and look forward to the rebirthing of Reed's Gym space. 

Portland Jugglers
Extravaganza

Portland Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza
Sept. 16, 2023 
Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm

Ticket Link Coming Soon!

2023 Special Guests and Artists to be Announced Soon!

 

2022 Special Guests

Marielle Ameganvi - (Austrian-Togolese)
Kathyrn Carr - (2022 IJA Silver Medal)
Jean-Souleymane - (France)
Sam Malcom (MC)
Sara Noelle & Wyatt Davis
Rhys Thomas
Meghan McClure
Matan Presberg
Curtis Carlyle
Devin Tucker
Amy Wieliczka
Mud Bay Jugglers
Leapin' Louis Lichtenstein - Big Lariat
Reid Belstock
Whatshisname
Stanford Juggling Research Institute
Slack Rope
Sarah Liane Foster
Robert 'Butterfly Man' Nelson
Rob Brown
Rhys Thomas
Quarteto Club Passers
Leapin' Louis Lichtenstein - Whips
Poki
Kari Revolva
Leapin' Louis Lichtenstein - Lariat
Is This Curt
Henrik B and Stevie G
Eh
Dave Clay
Club Trio
Checkerboard Guy
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Charlie Brown
Eh 2
Bekka Rose
Patrick McGuire

Photos copyright © Steven L. “Skippy Steve” Price 

Festival

PORTLAND JUGGLING FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2023

Three days of workshops, vendors, a Renegade show, games, open juggling, and the Portland Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza! All at:
JaJaPDX
819 SE Taylor St. Portland, OR


Hours: Friday 6pm - ?, Saturday 10am -?, Sunday 10am - 3pm
Full Weekend Pass Available! Cost TBD
Big Show Saturday - Doors at 7pm
Ticket Cost - TBD

Ticket Link Coming Soon

Ben Linder Memorial Award for Inspiration

Every year the Ben Linder Memorial Award for Inspiration is given out to a juggler nominated by festival attendees. It is typically given to a juggler who is present at the event and you must attend the festival to make your nomination. All PJF attendees are encouraged to nominate a the person that inspires them most at the festival

Ben Linder was a Portland juggler and a graduate of University of Washington, who was building a small-scale hydroelectric generator to bring electricity to a remote village of El Cuá in war-torn Nicaragua. Ben often used his circus skills to help others, such as juggling, unicycling, and clowning to bring children into a field clinic for immunization shots. Ben Linder was ambushed and murdered by US-backed Contra forces on April 28, 1987 at the age of 27.

The Portland Juggling Festival created this award, with the support of the Linder family, to keep the memory of Ben Linder alive and honor his spirit of inspiration in the service of community and humanity.

Recipients of The Ben Linder Memorial Award

2023  ???

2022 John Spinosa

2020 & 2021 — Exuro Piechocki

2019 Wes Peden and Florence Huet

2018 Anni Küpper

2017 — Maria Thomas

2016Cate “Cate Great! Flaherty

2015Bri Crabtree

2014 — Sisyphus Farms:

      Charlie Brown, and Zephyr Brown

2013David Groth

2012Curtis Carlyle

2011Sarah Liane Foster

2010Bekka Rose

2009 — Circus Conspiracy:

      Matthew “Poki” McCorkle and

      Brian Thompson

2008Thomas Dietz

2007Clowns Without Borders

2006*

2005Nathan Hoover

2004Matt Hall

2003Vova Galchenko and Olga Galchenko

2002Viktor Kee

2001David Lichtenstein

2000 — Masahiro Mizuno

1999Frank Olivier

1998Robert “Butterfly Man” Nelson

1997 — Adam Adler

1996Laura Green

1995 — Jill Westover

1994Rhys Thomas

1993Scott 'Mag' Hughes

1992 — Stuart Celarier

Workshops
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2023 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

The Portland Juggling Festival is all about sharing skills to help each other learn and grow. We provide a range of beginner to advanced workshops taught by our special guests and local artists that are perfect for people of all skill levels. All workshops are included in the PJF weekend pass!

Workshop Schedule Link Coming Soon!
Stevie G
Steals and Replacements
Rola Bola and Clubs
Rhys Thomas - Big Balls
Plate Manipulation
Patrick McGuire
Open Juggling
Women Jugglers
Open Juggling 2
Steals and Replacements 2
Head Balance
Kari Revolva
Club Passing on Unicycles
Stevie G with Steals
Awards
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Schedule

FRIDAY

September 15, 2023

6:00pm: Doors Open

6:30pm: Welcome Party (Food!)


10:00pm: Renegade Show

12:00-?: Open Juggling

SATURDAY

September 16, 2023

10:00am to 6:00pm: 

Workshops and Open Juggling

7:00pm:

Doors Open for the Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza!

7:30pm:

Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza!

10:00pm -2:00am: 

Open Juggling

SUNDAY

September 17, 2023

10:00am to 3:00pm: 

Workshops, Games, and Open Juggling

 

3:00pm:

Festival closes, see you next year!

2023 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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