It’s MONDO Jugglefest time again! And this year’s festival, by any measure, is going to be pretty exceptional. For starters, holding it in April instead of February means we (hopefully) won’t have to face the minus 20 degree temperatures that usually punctuate MONDO weekends. Also, this year’s MONDO Spectacular, our wildly popular Saturday night public show, has four, count ’em, four juggling and unicycling stars being flown in from international locales!
As always, the festival is being held at Concordia College’s monstrous Gangelhoff Center, just off Hamlin Avenue in St Paul. This massive field house, with the always exciting bouncy rubber floor that weaponizes virtually every dropped club, is where all the workshops, demonstrations, prop vending and games will occur.
Some 650 jugglers, unicyclists and others attended last year. Few things in life slacken the jaw like a field house teeming with people deftly throwing and catching (and dropping and bending overing and picking upping) thousands of objects simultaneously, while a mind-bending army of unicyclists wizz around, yoyoists yo and poi spinners, uh, do whatever. I’m telling ya, this caliber of full blown over-stimulation entertainment can usually only be achieved with highly illicit drugs. (Kids: don’t do drugs.)
If you don’t juggle (or unicycle or yo-yo), this is the place to learn. Formal and informal coaching persists throughout the festival. I can teach anyone between the ages of six and 75 to juggle in less than 30 minutes. That’s right, in thirty minutes you can be just a little bit more like me and who doesn’t want that?
21st Annual MONDO Jugglefest
Gym passes, good for all three days, are $10 at the door. All attendees will be required to sign a waiver before admittance to the festival.
Tickets for the Spectacular (7pm, Saturday April 17th) are $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12.
- Friday April 16th: 5:00pm – Midnight
- Saturday April 17th: 9:00am to 2:00am (Note: the Gym will be closed during the Spectacular show, roughly from 5pm until the end of the show around 10pm)
- Sunday April 18th: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Also, in case you were on the fence about the cool-factor of being seen at a juggling/unicycling festival, check this amazing awesomeness out: