Cirque du Soleil brings its special mix of fantasy, magic, and imagination to Boston when the talented acrobats, performers, and musicians return to Suffolk Downs under their big tent with this year's spectacular new show:  Crystal 

Part art, part human circus, part extravaganza - nothing quite matches Cirque's fantastic blend of music, dance, choreography, and acrobatics.

You'll feel the thrill of the brilliant costumes, the soaring leaps of the dancer/acrobats, and the expansion of your imagination as Cirque du Soleil creates a fantasy world before your eyes, stretching the boundaries between real and unreal in a dazzling display of sound, color, and motion.

So bring your family and friends, and get ready to enjoy this fabulous show under the big tent!

Top photo:  Cirque du Soleil - Photo credit: Dino Denelli/Lance Lantash

What is Cirque du Soleil's Crystal About?Cirque du Soleil acrobats - Photo credit: greyloch, Creative Commons

Cirque du Soleil performers in Crystal - Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil's ground-breaking Crystal at Agganis Arena combines circus arts and ice sports in a dazzling performance by a spectacular cast of internationally acclaimed ice skaters, acrobats, musicians, and even a comic clown.

Crystal, the show's lead character, is a young girl who feels alienated, misunderstood, and bored by her mundane surroundings.  She escapes her reality by imagining a sparkling alternate world of below the ice covering a neighborhood pond. 

As Crystal explores her imaginary world, she begins to see the mundane details of her old world from new angles as she recognizes the shadowy forces who crushed her spirit.  A clown, always ready to motivate and challenge her, becomes her new friend.

Finally, after Crystal discovers her own superpowers of confidence and courage, she breaks back through the ice to rejoin her family and friends who embrace her new self.

As you follow Crystal on her inspiring self-discovery journey, you'll see stunning skating and acrobatic feats, hear stirring music, and feel Crystal's joy as this uplifting story enfolds on the ice and in the air.

Cirque du Soleil's Crystal dates:  June 1 - 12
Crystal venue:  Agganis Arena, Boston

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Agganis Arena

Agganis Arena is located on the western end of Boston University's campus. 

If you want to see other Boston attractions before or after your show, getting to them is easy. The subway's Green Line/B Branch runs down the center of Commonwealth Avenue, so you can board it right in front of the Arena at the BU West stop and be at Fenway Park in less than five minutes, in Copley Square in 7-8 minutes, and on Boston Common in 10-12 minutes. 

Or you can easily walk to all of these locations - from Agganis Arena to Boston Common is about a mile.  Depending on how fast you walk, getting there on foot may be even faster than taking the T (subway).

Stay near Agganis Arena

These hotels are about a 20-minute walk (approx. 1 mile) from Agganis Arena, or just a short ride on the subway:

  • Residence Inn Fenway - Suites and included breakfast make this the perfect place for families.  It's on Boylston Street near Fenway Park - but you can easily walk to Kenmore Square and take the Green Line to Agganis Arena (usually a less than 5-minute trip) - Rates & reservations
  • Hotel Commonwealth - Luxury hotel with large (for Boston) rooms and suites - popular with families visiting Boston University - Rates & reservations
  • The Verb - Enjoy the fun rock-&-roll vibe at this popular hotel next to Fenway Park - Rates & reservations

Because Boston is so compact, you can stay anywhere in the city and still not be far away.  Use our Boston Hotel Guide to find recommendations by location, as well as bargain hotels, luxury hotels, etc.

To get to Agganis Arena from these hotels, just hop on the "B" branch of the subway's Green Line. 

Where to Eat near Agganis Arena

If you want to grab a bite to eat (burgers, burritos, pizza) before or after the show, you'll find affordable casual choices along Comm Ave near the Arena, particular on the blocks to the east (toward downtown).

For additional choices, you'll find good options onsite or nearby if you're staying at any of the hotels listed above, especially near Fenway Park, on nearby Boylston Street, or at Time Out Market on Park Drive.

More to Do Near Agganis Arena

Fenway Park - Catch a Red Sox game or go on a tour of the ballpark - More about Fenway Park

House of Blues - This laid-back concert venue near Fenway Park provides comfortable seating, serves up tasty food and drinks, and hosts well-known and rising artists across a wide variety of music genres - More about House of Blues

More Top Boston Attractions - From the Freedom Trail to the Make Way for Ducklings statue, Boston is bursting with interesting things to see and do.  More about top attractions

Previous Cirque du Soleil Shows in Boston

Cirque du Soleil's Under the Same Sky at Suffolk Downs

Cirque du Soleil acrobats - Photo credit:|Mariana Oliver, Creative Commons license
Cirque du Soleil acrobats - Photo credit:|Mariana Oliver, Creative Commons license

Cirque du Soleil's new Big Top production, Under the Same Sky, makes its U.S. premier in Boston at Suffolk Downs.

This spectacular show, designed and directed by London-based visual artist Es Devlin, blends human acrobatic performances and visual art with a vibrant musical score to emphasize the importance of human interconnection and communal experience.

Get ready for dazzling performances, glowing colors, and a bold new approach to theater that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia at Suffolk Downs

Cirque du Soleil performer
Photo courtesy of Performing Arts Photo and Video
Cirque du Soleil performer
Photo courtesy of Performing Arts Photo and Video

Story, Theme, & Music for Luzia

Inspired by the beauty of Mexican culture, Cirque du Soleil's breathtakingly beautiful Luzia comes to Boston's Suffolk Downs in a trio of connected tents specially designed for the performance.

Representing different aspects of the solar system, the tents immerse you in Luzia's magical world of light, water, surrealistic animals, beauty, and transformation. 

As Cirque's acrobats, dancers, and performers dazzle your senses with their performances, you'll experience urban settings and the natural world, past and present, traditional culture and modern times, desert landscapes and underwater scents.

As always in Cirque productions, the music performed by live musicians casts a mesmerizing, hypnotic spell, while the spectacular set designs and stunning costumes dazzle your eyes.

Luzia will thrill your whole family - don't miss it while it's in Boston!

Cirque du Soleil's OVO at Agganis Arena

Cirque du Soleil's OVO - Photo courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil, Creative Commons license
"Ants" perform in Cirque du Soleil's OVO - Photo courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil, Creative Commons license

Cirque du Soleil's spectacular OVO comes to Boston on September 6 - 10 for seven dazzling performances at Agganis Arena.

OVO transports you to a magical ecosystem where colorful insects live, play, fight, and look for love until suddenly, a mysterious egg ("ovo," in Portuguese) appears in their midst.  What happens next reveals the mysteries and cycles of their lives.

As in other Cirque du Soleil performances, music performed by live musicians, spectacular set designs, elaborate choreography, and beautiful costumes enhance the performers' dancing, acrobatics, and acting. 

In OVO, bossa nova and samba combine with funk and electro music performed by a 7-piece band plus a singer.  In addition to the giant egg, an enormous 30-foot mechanical flower blooms on stage, providing shelter, nourishment, and inspiration to the insects.

OVO will delight your whole family - don't miss it while it's in Boston!

Location:   Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave, on the Boston University Campus
Parking:   Parking garages behind and near the arena - you'll see plenty of signs
Nearest subway:  Green Line, Branch B - get off at the BU West stop

Where to Stay & Eat Near Cirque du Soleil, Plus More to Do

How to Get to Cirque du Soleil at Suffolk Downs from Boston

Location:   Suffolk Downs, 528 McClellan Highway, East Boston
Parking:   Plenty of parking (for a fee) onsite
Nearest subway: Blue Line/Suffolk Downs; distance to Suffolk Downs clubhouse is about .3 mile - an easy walk - or take the shuttle bus from the station (look for the sign) to the clubhouse

Where to Stay near Suffolk Downs for Cirque du Soleil

Closest to Suffolk Downs, you'll find several reasonably priced hotels popular with Boston Logan Airport travelers.  Just over a mile further is the spectacular Encore Boston Harbor Resort & Casino, where you'll sometimes find rates lower than you might expect. 

Take a look at these hotel choices for your Cirque du Soleil stay:

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