Newsletter - September 4, 2019



Tickets are on sale now for the 19th Annual Coney Island Film Festival, September 13-15 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum!
photo and Coney Island USA Present: The 19th Annual Coney Island Film Festival, September 13 - 15, 2019 at the legendary Sideshows By The Seashore and the Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York! 106 films in a jam packed weekend!

Full Festival Pass $50 (Includes Opening Night Screening, Opening Night Party, Admission to Programs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16. Does not include The Warriors Screening)

Opening Night Party
$25 (Beer from Coney Island Brewery, Wine, Food from Gargiulo's Restaurant, Stage Show Featuring Burlesque and Sideshow)

Saturday Screening Pass
$15 (Includes Admission to Programs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. Does not include The Warriors Screening)

Sunday Screening Pass
$12 (Includes Admission to Programs 11,12,13,14,15,16)

The Warriors
Saturday Screening $10

Individual Screenings only $8

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Poster by Von Brooklyn Design.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Coney Island Circus Sideshow! Open this Friday through Sunday, Friday and Sunday, 1pm - 7pm (last ticket sold at 7pm)! Saturday only 1pm-5pm (last ticket sold at 5pm).

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!

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

$12 Adults, $8 kids (under 12) at the door.

Click here for further info.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Burlesque at the Beach, This Friday, September 6th, 10pm

Theater Seats are Sold Out! Freak Bar seats, with live video simulcast (no theater access) are still available at $15 each.

Bambi The Mermaid Presents: "The 18th  Annual Miss Coney Island  Burlesque Beauty Pageant". This years performers will showcase their love of Coney Island in three catagories,  SWIMWEAR, TALENT and EVENINGWEAR  and you the audience will decide who will be our queen for 2020! Hosted by The Great Fredini and with LIVE music by The Neptone’s.

This years contestants include:

Seedy Edie
Scarlett Lace
Laura Lee Pants
Kate Dale
Rain Supreme
Dandy Dillinger
Miss Lucy Buttons
Faux Pas le Fae

Miss AuroraBoobReais
Melody Jane

Stage Kitten: Trinity Starlight

$15 for a Freak Bar seat live video simulcast (no theater access). 

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

Click here to purchase Freak Bar Simulcast tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

12th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition! This Saturday, September 7th! 6pm Registration begins, 8pm Showtime!

The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme in the ONLY New York City competition!

Join Adam RealMan and a panel of hirsute celebrity judges as they weed out the best whiskers in New York City and beyond.

Honorable Judges:
Ronnie Parisella
Xander Lovecraft
Katherine Telesca
Matt Chrystal
Larry Ratso Sloman

Coney-centric categories include:
‘The Brass Ring’ (Best in Show),
‘Coney Island Curl’ (Best Moustache Styled),
‘Moustachio Marvel’ (Best Moustache Natural),
‘Ballyhoo Beard’ (Best Beard Styled),
‘Man or Beast’ (Best Beard Natural),
'Dog and Pony' (Best Partial Beard/Chops)
‘Hokum and Hoodwinked’ (Best Fake Beard or Moustache),
‘Come Out To Play’ (Strongest Team Participation)
‘Carny Trash’ (Worst in Show).

Winners will take home the much coveted Coney Island Fez and other great prizes!

Coney Island Brewery
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Materials for the Arts
Dr. Bronner's
Every Man Jack
Blind Barber

Registration begins at 6pm
Event starts at 8pm

Cost: $25 for participants and spectators in advance, or at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Magic at Coney!!!, This Sunday, September 8th, 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, Open this Friday and 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

Help Funhouse Philosophers raise funds for our next production! Join us Thursday Evening, September 5th, at the Jim Henson Carriage House in Manhattan! Details below!

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!

Join us at the Jim Henson Carriage House, for our Fundraiser on Thursday Evening, September 5th, with your donation (starting at $30). Info at our Facebook event page here!

Get info on the production 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 Fridays 6pm - Midnight, Saturdays 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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