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Sun, May 05


Burlington City Park

Burlington Carousel Festival - May 5th

Upside Aerial will perform for Burlington's famous Carousel Festival May 4th and 5th!

Burlington Carousel Festival - May 5th
Burlington Carousel Festival - May 5th

Time & Location

May 05, 2024, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Burlington City Park , 1388 S Main St, Burlington, NC 27215


About the event


Upside Aerial students and instructors will be performing for the 33rd Annual Burlington Carousel Festival, the City of Burlington's LARGEST event!  This 2-day festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, and features live music at multiple stages, a huge arts & crafts fair, food vendors & a beer garden. Amusement Park Rides & fun for the whole family will fill Burlington’s City Park throughout the weekend. Event entry is FREE but  bring spending money for shopping at the arts & crafts fair, kids activities, rides, food and other fun features. 


  • Sat May 4th - 8:30am to 10:00am: Aerial Rig Setup (in the old carousel shelter - near the new carousel)
  • Sat May 4th - 10:00am to 6:00pm: Upside Aerial performances during the festival
  • Sun May 5th - 12:00pm to 5:00pm: Upside Aerial performances during the festival
  • Sun May 5th - 5:00pm to 6:00pm: Aerial Rig Breakdown


Plan extra time for parking due to this event's size. Our free-standing aerial rig will be set up under the old carousel shelter pictured here. Hooray for shade! The  public parking lot closest to the aerial rig location is the Thataways Youth Center at 1331 Overbrook Rd. If that lot is full and you can't find other parking, there will be a Park & Ride option via Link Transit: park in City Lot #8 in Downtown Burlington (700 S Spring St.) and hop on the bus directly to the Festival. Busses will depart the lot each hour, on the hour.


Be sure to RSVP below to help us plan and to receive all event updates. If you can come on May 4th and May 5th, be sure to RSVP for both days! We love providing opportunities for our students to perform in front of live audiences and to connect with each other outside the studio. Our free-standing aerial rig will be set up under the old carousel shelter (hooray - shade!). Since the festival is right in the middle of our Spring Showcase season, you can either perform your showcase piece, or just come prepared with a sequence you feel comfortable with on the apparatus(es) you train regularly at Upside.  Students and instructors will take turns performing for festival-goers to enjoy. If you don't want to perform, we'd love it if you still came to hang out with us: you can help us with setup or breakdown and cheer on your fellow Upsiders! 

Please wear either your Upside Aerial apparel or family-friendly, apparatus-friendly costumes! Festival-goers love when we dress up: we recommend bright colors and face glitter and gemstones (applied with lash glue or spirit gum). Just remember to avoid sharp, poky accessories that may get caught on your aerial apparatus. Let us know on the RSVP form if you have any questions...hope you can join us!

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