Newsletter - December 30, 2019
Happy New Year from all of us at Coney Island USA!



2020 Vision!

Greetings from Coney Island!

For Coney Island USA, 2019 was a year to overcome challenges, and celebrate our success. We began the year facing the overwhelming task of replacing the ceiling in our Freak Bar and Gift Shop - and completed those repairs in time for Opening Day. We partied with sharks and sea-creatures in the NY Aquarium at our annual Spring Gala, and cheered Coney Island royalty Nora and Arlo Guthrie as they led the Mermaid Parade. Puppets, bellydancers, and Schlitzie the Pinhead entertained us, and our all-star cast of sideshow performers were seen at the Metropolitan Opera, on PBS, and at Ripley's in Times Square. The Coney Island Museum made major exhibition upgrades, and oversaw the important restoration of a vintage Tornado roller coaster car. Our annual Fall Gala, Creeptacular, closed out the season in a delightfully dark fashion.

If you came to an event or a show, watched the Mermaid Parade from the Judges' Stand, visited the Coney Island Museum, or became a member of Coney Island USA, I want to express my heart-felt gratitude. Your generous support sustains our operations and funds the performance-arts programming that you've come to love.

Looking ahead to 2020, I'm hopeful that Coney Island USA can continue to expand its mission to defend the honor of American popular culture with exciting new productions (including a rock opera that features a flying jukebox), exceptional performers, and updated exhibits in the Coney Island Museum. Your tax-deductible donation today will help ensure that we can move forward into the future, even as we cherish Coney Island's iconic past.

Best Wishes for A Healthy and Prosperous New Year, and I hope to see you soon in Coney Island!

Dick Zigun
Founder and Artistic Director

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New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks Show!

Ring in the New Year in Coney Island! Presented by the Alliance for Coney Island with support from Councilman Mark Treyger and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, join us as we celebrate the start of 2020!

Right before the stroke of midnight, Coney Island’s world-famous Parachute Jump will begin the countdown to the New Year and when the clock strikes midnight, the skyline will illuminate with a dazzling 10-minute fireworks display launched from Steeplechase Plaza.

Click here for further info.

116th Annual New Year's Day Plunge!

Wash away 2019 and welcome in 2020! 

Join us for the world-famous 116th Annual Coney Island Polar Plunge! 

Registration is FREE but donations and fundraising are encouraged to help support local non-profit organizations in the community. Register today at: in advance (18 or older) or day of on-site (minors must register in person with a guardian). 

ALL participants, whether pre-registered or registering the day of, must go to the registration area to get their wristbands to plunge. ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 12 NOON!

Coney Island Circus Sideshow - New Year's Day, 2pm-6pm (last ticket sold at 5pm)!

They're Here, They're Real, They're Alive, and you can see them performing on New Year's Day (right after the Polar Bear Swim)! The World Famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow will perform continuously from 2pm - 6pm (last ticket sold at 5pm) at Sideshows By The Seashore!

Adam Realman
Obsidian Absurd
Texas Talker
Introducing 2020 Cast Newcomer Kim Kelly!

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids (under 12) at the door! Our Freak Bar and Gift Shop will be open as well!

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Magic at Coney!!! - Special New Year's Day Shows! 12pm and 3pm!

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.

12pm show info and tickets here.

3pm show info and tickets here.

Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

Magic at Coney!!!, This Sunday, January 5th, 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 Saturdays, 12pm-5pm, and Sundays, 2pm-5pm!

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

Bloody Brains In A Jukebox Tickets are on sale now!

Bloody Brains in a Jukebox is a rock opera, with a libretto by Dick D. Zigun, music by Nikos Brisco, and direction by Circus Amok’s Ethyl Eichelbrger Award-winning Jennifer Miller. In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, characters resembling Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Coogan and Jayne Mansfield tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 juke box – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow.

Previews - $12
Friday, March 6th, 8pm
Saturday, March 7th, 8pm
Sunday, March 8th, 3pm
Friday, March 13th, 8pm

Opening Night - $30
Saturday, March 14th, 8pm

Regular Performances - $20
Sunday, March 15th, 3pm
Friday, March 20th, 8pm
Saturday, March 21st, 8pm
Sunday, March 22nd, 3pm
Friday, March 27th, 8pm
Saturday, March 28th, 8pm
Sunday, March 29th, 3pm

All ticket sales are non-refundable and WILL CALL only to be picked up the day or night of performance, at our box office at 1208 Surf Avenue. TICKETS WILL NOT SHIP. There are no extra service fees for online purchases. 

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.


Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Gift Memberships!

Have you been wondering what to get the Coney-Isl-O-Phile who has everything? Well we have the answer.

Why not share your love of Coney Island USA with your friends? Get them a membership!

And to make the gift more "giftable," we'll include an awesome limited edition Coney Island USA Member 2020 lapel pin. So your friend gets something they can unwrap, touch, and wear with pride. And that's before they even start taking advantage of the many incredible benefits of membership.

As a way of saying thank you for giving your friend a membership, as a Black Friday Special we are giving you a free gift card that you can use at the Coney Island USA Gift Shop with every gift membership you bestow. You can visit the shop at our landmark Coney Island headquarters, or you can check it out online (note that at this point we have much more at our real-world store than our web store). (n.b. The gift card can not be used to purchase tickets to events, only gift shop items.)

We have membership plans to fit every budget. Check out the list here.

Call for entries 20th Annual Coney Island Film Festival!

Our Call for entries is now open! Festival dates are September 11-13, 2020.

Click here
for further info!

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 Saturdays, 12pm-5pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm.

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!

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

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