Newsletter - March 7, 2019



Our Spring Gala is Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the New York Aquarium's Ocean Wonders: Sharks Exhibit! Tickets are now on sale! Advance purchase only! No tickets will be sold at the venue!

Our annual spring gala is always an incredible opportunity to experience the breadth of Coney Island’s magic all in one place, and this year’s location ensures a truly “fin-tastic” evening. Sink your teeth into hors d’oeuvres while enjoying beer and wine, specialty cocktails, and entertainment alongside the New York Aquarium's sharks, rays, sea turtles, and other marine life. By celebrating with us, you’ll be supporting Coney Island’s only not-for-profit arts organization - founders and presenters of the Mermaid Parade, and home to both Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum. 

Saturday, March 23rd ⁃ 7:30-11:30 pm at the New York Aquarium

Evening Highlights
• Open bar (Wine, Coney Island Brewing Co. beer, and Vodka from Deep Eddy)
• Hors d'oeuvres Table
• The Duchess of Desserts will be serving sweets! 
• Face painting by Juliet Jeske
• Tarot readings by Beelzebabe
• Denny Daniels' Museum of Interesting Things
• Mystery in a Box??? Purchase this years treasures from Little Brooklyn and Noah D'Klein. Mysteries sponsored by Roxy's Tee Parlour, Marie Roberts, Alicia Degener. Adult Mysteries sponsored by Babeland.
• Pop up performances by  Bambi the Mermaid and her entourage, Pinkie Special, Lil Miss Lixx, Tiny Dee, Clara Coquette, Legs Malone, Bellydance America
• Ambient performances by The Great Fredini, Serpentina
• Magicians - Gary Dreifus, Lee Alan Barrett
• Stilt Walkers - Harold Moeller, Zabo
• Electric Harp - Sarah Gill
• Electric Sitar - Dave Scott
• Appearing Live on Stage - Burlesque Legend Dirty Martini, Miss Coney Island 2019 Pearls Daily, Foxy Vermouth, Jehan Kamal & Syrena Nikole
• Kitten - Rita n Wink
• Hosted by Adam RealMan

VIP Exclusives
• Premier Seating in Canyon's Edge Viewing Room
• Open bar (Burlesque Wine from Leidenfrost Vineyards, Coney Island Brewing Co. beer, Vodka from Deep Eddy Absinthe from Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits and special drinks)
• Family Style Meal
• Gift bags, Sponsored by Popcorn Custom Products, Sourpuss

TICKETS (21+) ADVANCE TICKET SALES ONLY, no tickets will be sold at the venue.

General Admission $100

VIP $250
Premiere seating, gift bag, and other special perks.

Patron $500
Premiere seating, gift bag, and other special perks plus Coney Island USA membership at Mermaid Parade Judge level.

Benefactor $1000
Premiere seating, gift bag, and other special perks plus Coney Island USA membership at Justice of the Beach level and personal tour of our historic, landmarked building.

Group VIP $1250
Buy five VIP tickets and receive a sixth complementary ticket.

Purchase tickets here!

All ticket sales final. Tickets can be picked up at Will-Call at the New York Aquarium (night of) and will not be shipped.

Coney Island USA Closed for Renovations through March 30th!

We will be closed for ceiling repair and other improvements until March 30th. The Coney Island Museum, our Freak Bar and Gift Shop will be closed during this time. We will return on Sunday, March 31st with Magic at Coney!!! and Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth.

Please join us for our Spring Gala at the NY Aquarium on Saturday, March 23rd and Bloody Brains in a Jukebox at a Secret Speakeasy Location in Coney Island!

Bloody Brains in a Jukebox, Friday and Saturday Nights (except March 23rd) at 8pm in March!

-A Rock Opera-

Public Rock Band Concerts featuring Pink Velvet Witch Trio!

8 PM

Friday & Saturday Nights (except March 23rd)

March 8, 2019
March 9, 2019
March 15, 2019
March 16, 2019
March 22, 2019
March 29, 2019 
March 30, 2019

Tickets only $5 CHEAP!

Reservations only. Due to ceiling repair at Coney Island USA, we will move these shows to a new secret speakeasy location in Coney Island 3 blocks away from Sideshows by the Seashore. Advanced Tickets REQUIRED. Only by purchasing a ticket in advance, will you be emailed, the address of the secret location.

Purchase tickets here.

A Funhouse Philosophers Production.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Mermaid Parade 2019 Registration is now open!

The 37th Annual Mermaid Parade is Saturday, June 22, 2019! Registration is NOW OPEN!

Click here
for info and to register!

Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth! Sunday, March 31, 4pm!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions present a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from absolute amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats, and a host of other majorly talented minors present a full show of vernal vaudeville.

The program features an amazing array of young talent. These are the future stars of Cirque du Soleil, Coney Island Sideshow, and television. Where else can you see young unicyclists, tap dancers, magicians, clowns, and contortionists share the stage with Broadway-bound singers and classically trained musicians?

Since its inception in January 2004, the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth program has grown markedly and conducted after-school programs throughout the Empire State. CavalKids have performed in Speigeltents at the South Street Seaport and at the Bard Summerscape Festival, at Abrons Arts Center, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and for American Youth Circus Organization festivals.

Admission:  $10 youth under 21 / $15 adults

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

4th Annual Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival! April 5th through 7th!

What happens when the sacred meets the sensual...
When ceremony meets performance…
Where the land meets the sea...


A variety of cutting-edge performers will share their work during the three-day festival.

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

The 5th International Nerdlesque Festival! April 12th though 14th!

Delight in the Galaxy's Original Nerdy Burlesque Festival as we celebrate our 5th year of nerdy nudity! The International NERDLESQUE FESTIVAL returns to World Famous Coney Island USA to present more of the world’s sexiest nerds LIVE during the second weekend in April. For three days, from April 12th through April 14th, burlesque performers from across the globe will unite at the People’s Playground to celebrate all things geeky, nerdy, dorky, or dweeby—with an adult twist! For 4 years, the festival has played to sold-out houses in NYC and featured acts that paid homage to Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Hellraiser, Marvel Comics, Star Trek, Super Mario, Disney Cartoons, Dr. Who, and even the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

For more details visit

Click here to purchase tickets in advance and save (day of tickets, if available priced higher)!

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

The 2019 Season Premiere of Music of Curiosities! Friday, April 19, 9pm!

Featuring Brooklyn's Surreal Folk Rock Duo COOKIE TONGUE with a Special opening set by CHARMING DISASTER!


Live Music, Live Art come together on The Legendary Coney Island Sideshow Stage!

Complimentary Desserts Provided by MOODSFOODS.

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets in advance!

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Coney Island USA on Amazon Smile!

If you use, there's a new, no-hassle way for you to contribute to Coney Island USA.

Through the AmazonSmile program, you can designate Coney Island USA to receive (as a donation) 0.5% of the price of all Amazon purchases you make. Your purchase costs remain the same, and there's no need to bookmark any long URLs or remember any codes--just click this link or follow the instructions at to sign up.

Once you've named Coney Island USA as your non-profit of choice, shop Amazon via to make your purchases. If you're on the webpage for an Amazon product, you can replace with in the URL to switch over to AmazonSmile. Most Amazon products (except for subscription-based services) are eligible for donations through AmazonSmile. Google Chrome users may also want to install the SmileAlways browser extension.

Coney Island USA values your financial support, and we hope you'll join us on AmazonSmile as you make your future purchases.

Call for entries 19th Annual Coney Island Film Festival!

Our Call for entries is now open! Festival dates are September 13-15, 2019. Entry deadline is June 7, 2019.
Click here for further info!

Have your next event in a Coney Island Landmark!photo

Our landmarked building is a wonderful venue for your next party, wedding, function, film or photo shoot!

Click here for further info.

Book the Coney Island Circus Sideshow or Individual Performers!

If you're looking for a truly unique experience that your guests will remember for a lifetime, then look no further! The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is available to entertain at any event or occasion.

Coney Island, USA has access to hundreds of performers in a variety of skill-sets. If you have an idea in mind, but don't see it here, just ask. Unusual acts are our specialty, including: wild west trick ropers, world record knife throwers, unique musicians, little people, natural-born human oddities and so much more! If you can dream it, we can book it!

Click here for further info.


Coney Island USA Gift Shop and Freak Bar!

Closed for renovations until March 31st!

The Coney Island USA Gift Shop is located at 1208 Surf Ave. Or, you can shop online!

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Become a Member of Coney Island USA!

Your generosity ensures that Coney Island USA can continue to bring you innovative arts programming!

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The Authorized Coney Island Tour!

By Appointment

Developed in association with Dick Zigun, Founder Coney Island USA!

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