Newsletter - August 12, 2019



Koo Koo the Bird Girl, This Wednesday, August 14th, 9pm

Sarah Birdgirl comes to Coney Island with a captivating synthesis of present and past in her award winning one-woman theatre show, “Koo Koo the Bird Girl”. She enchanted you in the Coney Island Sideshow, and now she’s back for one night only, telling the full story of Koo Koo, the ghost of Minnie Woolsey (the woman behind Koo Koo), and her own incredible pilgrimage. “Koo Koo the Bird Girl” weaves together the traditions of sideshow with dance, theater, and history, exploring the social context of the freakshow and what life was really like for natural born freaks.

With her uncanny resemblance to Minnie, Sarah presents a haunting and visceral account of the beauty of difference and a hidden story of endurance, from the voice of a natural born freak. Koo Koo and the other unlikely stars of Tod Browning’s revolutionary film, Freaks (1932), are also honoured in this performance. Significant, because the film was banned for 30 years for being too controversial, yet it is so much part of our history. Minnie went on to work at Coney Island, ensuring she was free from the life of asylums. This is a very special Coney Island show that will give you both answers and leave you wanting more.

As an internationally acclaimed circus and physical theater performer, Sarah has performed for several companies around the world, including Cirque Du Soleil. Most recently she starred as lead female in feature film ‘Reflections in the Dust’ and toured with Extant Theatre UK. She has a TEDx talk and recently spoke at the United Nations. “Koo Koo the Bird Girl” won an Australian Green Room Award 2019 for Contemporary Performance.

$15 online or at the door.

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

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

The Follies Fromage, This Thursday, August 15th, 9:30pm

New York's Newest Strip Cheese!

Hungry? Restless? Craving savory repletion? You need more culture in your life! Come see burlesque at its dairy best, starring the freshest cream of the crop of our scene. You will never see a grater show.

Students of Coney Island's Master Class in Burlesque will perform 11 original debut routines!

We've been keeping burlesque cheesy for over a decade now! This show is notorious for encouraging performers to create innovative and absurd acts on the fly.


Charlotta Burrata

Darlina Extraordinaire

Juno Stardust

Lovey Boheme

Miss Anne Mary

Miss Ruby Pavlova

Rocky Sourpop

Tabby Twitch

Tempest Whip

Velvet DeLorean

Zozo Smacks

Hosted by Headmistress Jo Boobs Weldon

Special guest stars:

Miss Coney Island 2017 Tiger Bay

Miss Coney Island 2019 Pearls Daily

18 to enter. 21+ with proper I.D. to drink.

$15 online or at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Coney Island Circus Sideshow! Open Daily through Labor Day, 1pm - 7pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)!

Sideshows by the Seashore is the last permanently housed venue in the USA where you can experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow. They're here, they're real and they're alive! Freaks, wonders and human curiosities!

2019 Cast:
Jelly Boy The Clown
Xander Lovecraft
Wendy Blades
Nola Star
Sage Sovereign
KooKoo the Birdgirl
Fibi Eyewalker
Obsidian Absurd
Texas Talker
Tanya Solomon
Mutnik the Space Dog

*Please Note: Not all performers perform on the same days.

Show runs continuous 1pm-7pm (last ticket sold at 7pm).

Click here for further info.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Burlesque at the Beach, This Friday, August 16th, 10pm

What’s the buzz??? We’ll tell you what’s happening!!

Gigi Bonbon (Miss Coney Island 2018) and Frances Rodriguez present to you “Gigi Chryst Stripperstar!” A burlesque version of their favorite rock opera with a debaucherous twist!  This Super Star studded cast of performers are going to take this biblical journey and resurrect it again! Expect live singing, scantily clad dance numbers, hauntingly beautiful and death defying aerial and more!! Sing along with us to the amazing music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar!

Starring Gigi Bonbon as Gigi Chryst, Tío as Judas, Ben Franklin as Caiaphas, Joshua Dean as Annas, Jalila Bell as Simon Zealotes, Rosie Cheeks as Pontius Pilate, Jezebel Express as King Herod, Ginger Twist as Mary Magdalene and featuring Jason Mejias, Bizzy LeBois, Evan Lee Breed,  Timothy Ryan Hickernell and Erin Delucia-Benson! You’ll be singing “HoeSanna Hey” all the way home from Coney! 

18 to enter. 21+ with proper I.D. to drink.

$20 online or at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Burlesque at the Beach, This Saturday, August 17th, 10pm

August 17th 2019 A.D., Coney Island is about to enter a whole new level of delicious Hell!

It’s Cherry Hellodies II-The Second Cumming!!

If you think you’ve seen rock variety and burlesque shows, you haven’t experienced one like this. A whole evening of burlesque to rock and metal music with a LIVE shredding 7 piece band. As an exciting spectacle of doom, spitting unapologetic uncensored insanity at you every single second, it doesn’t get more badass than this butt naked concert experience. Filled with live covers of Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Dio, The Pretty Reckless, System Of A Down, Genitorturers, original hard rock songs by Miss Cherry Delight and more, not one live music, burlesque & variety show compares. Cherry Hellodies is without a doubt the loudest, most metal, and mercilessly epic show in the entire summer lineup of Burlesque At The Beach!

Starring the sex-oozing woman-king cannibal cutie with the fruit flavored booty of the underworld, burlesque super villain turned Shock Rocker with the voice that melts your face off, Miss Cherry Delight.

And featuring a parade of some of the biggest names in burlesque with the most show stopping acts and baddest reputations:

Darlinda Just Darlinda

Bambi The Mermaid

Puss N Boots

Pearls Daily

Laura Lee Pants

Faux Pas Le Fae

Aurora North

Miscellaneous Domtop

And Fem Appeal

Just $20 for an evening of complete mayhem, plus the most generous raffle you’ve ever seen filled with valuable items that Satan themselves would envy. Not one piece of junk in sight, guaranteed.

Cherry Hellodies II is the answer to your darkest fantasies of rock n’ roll come true!

Be there at 1208 Surf Avenue, 10pm!

Get ready for a night of complete sin you will never forget for the rest of your wicked life.



18 to enter. 21+ with proper I.D. to drink.

$20 online or at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Magic at Coney!!!, This Sunday, August 18th, 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 $12 for adults and $8 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 Coney Island Museum, Summer Hours, Open Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm-6pm, Sunday, 2pm-6pm!

No trip to the historic amusement district is complete without a visit to the Coney Island Museum! We have the largest collection of Coney Island photographs, paintings, ephemera, amusement-related objects, architectural elements, and vintage signs on view to the public. Check out our newest exhibits, including an antique carousel horse, a mid-twentieth century photo booth, and original terra-cotta embellishments from the iconic Child’s boardwalk restaurant.  

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224. Free for Members!

The Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

Sponsored Post: The best view of fireworks: NY Aquarium! Save on tickets when you buy online. 

dog days of summer are officially here and there’s no time to lose! Head to Coney Island, aka the unofficial home of summer, and make the most of the rides, games, and sharks.

you read that correctly. Head down to the NY Aquarium to visit the local penguins, sea lions, and yes, sharks, right off the boardwalk!
here’s a protip - buy your tickets online now for a discount.

Aquarium is staying open late on Fridays and Saturdays this summer to help you make the most of the season. Watch the Friday night fireworks from the roof of Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, catch our Cool Science Saturdays series, or enjoy the late night sea lion show.

Make the most of your summer and head to the NY Aquarium soon!

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NY Aquarium
602 Surf Ave.

Sideshow School!

This summer we have four great classes that you can be a part of! Sideshow School, Banner Painting, Burlesque Master Class (Sold Out, Wait list only) and Belly Dance with Jehan! Get class details and register here!

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Help Funhouse Philosophers raise funds for our next production!

Funhouse Philosophers is the experimental theater company in residence at Coney Island USA.

Here's your chance to help us raise funds for our showcase production of a new rock opera to run at Coney Island USA every weekend in November.


A ROCK OPERA by CIUSA Founder and Artistic Director Dick D. Zigun (libretto) and Nikos Brisco (music), directed by Circus Amok’s Jennifer Miller.

To be presented at Coney Island USA’s Sideshow by the Seashore!

Get info and watch the video, at the link below.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Have your next event in a Coney Island Landmark!

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!

Open Monday through Thursday 12pm-8pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 12pm - Midnight and Sundays 12pm-8pm.

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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