Newsletter - April 11, 2019



The 5th International Nerdlesque Festival! This Weekend, April 12th though 13th!

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

Magic at Coney!!!, This Sunday, April 14th, 12pm!

Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Magic at Coney!!! is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world. Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, online, or at the door. 

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

Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

The 2019 Season Premiere of Music of Curiosities! Friday, April 19th, 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 Circus Sideshow Opening Weekend! Saturday, April 20th and Easter Sunday, April 21st! 1pm-7pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)!

Join us Saturday, April 20th and Easter Sunday, April 21st! Show runs 1pm - 7pm (last ticket sold at 7pm) each day. All tickets $10 at the door. All sales final, no refunds.

Xander Lovecraft
Nola Star
Wendy Blades
Zoe Ziegfeld
Finn Flexible
Texas Talker
Mutnik the Space Dog

Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue

Little Fugitive Screening! Saturday, April 20th, 6pm!

Presented by the New York Preservation Archive Project.

Join us at the Coney Island Museum for a special screening of Little Fugitive (1953). A boy from Brooklyn, wrongly led to believe that he killed another, flees to the fantasy and fun of Coney Island to escape repercussions. This pioneering independent film, listed in the National Film Registry and nominated for an Oscar for Best Story, captures an extraordinary look at the fabled amusement park through the eyes of a 7 year-old. Noted for its cinematography and use of handheld cameras, Little Fugitive is a classic that offers a glimpse into one of New York’s most beloved sites.

The screening is sure to be fun for the whole family, and don’t miss the opportunity to come early and explore the funhouse wonders of the Coney Island Museum! The museum is just a few blocks from the West 8 Street-New York Aquarium F/Q stop or the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue D/F/N/Q stop.

Tickets are $5.

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets!

Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

4/20 Celebration with a Colorized Screening of Reefer Madness! Saturday, April 20th, 9pm!

Celebrate 4/20 "The High Holy Holiday" with us in Coney Island.

Enjoy live music, performances, video shorts & a special colorized screening of the outrageous, cult classic propaganda film, Reefer Madness!

Watch the trailer.

Admission: $15 (21 and over).

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

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Congress of Curious Peoples!

Check out this year's schedule here.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Mermaid Parade 2019 Registration is now open!

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

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for info and to register!

Announcing 2019 Mermaid Parade Royalty: King Neptune - Arlo Guthrie, Queen Mermaid - Nora Guthrie!

Our King and Queen are the only Mermaid Parade Royalty to have grown up on Mermaid Avenue, right here in Coney Island!

Arlo Guthrie – Photo by Cissy Van Kralingen / Courtesy of Rising Son Records

Nora Guthrie – Photo by Tina Tschirch / Courtesy of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

The Mermaid Parade, is Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1pm. 

Announcing this year’s Mermaid Parade Poster by the Amazing Jennie Jones!!!

Jennie Jones is an East Village artist with a deep love for the silly strange creepy and cute. Jennie has a BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a textile designer during her nine to five life. She spends the rest of her time devoted to her painting. Jennie and her husband Sean (the Yoda of screen printing) created Planet Zoot and collaborate together turning her art into screen printed posters, apparel, skateboards and whatever you can push a squeegee or drag a paintbrush across. Coney Island has truly won her heart, and  creating this poster has been an absolute dream come true.

Instagram: @planet_zoot

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!

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Coney Island USA Gift Shop and Freak Bar!

Open Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-6pm.

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

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The Authorized Coney Island Tour!

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

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