Don't miss out on all the fun! Join in on the festivities at Under the Big Top for the St. John's Carnival on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Join Us!


Carnival Activities

Calling all circus folk to join us at St. John's Carnival 2018 for a day of family fun and games worthy of the center ring! Start training now so you’ll be ready for midway games and circus events.


Acrobats performing at this level need fuel and we’ll have plenty to keep you going. Liberty Burger, Kona Ice and other tasty snacks will be on hand to provide you calories to burn in all of our circus events.


Our ringmaster will provide you with tunes to keep all the circus acts in harmony. You’ll want to move to the circus beat to keep those muscles loose and ready to play.

9th Annual St. John’s Tailgate BBQ Competition 
Both gold and blue wristbands will gain you entry into the Big Top tailgate area. These grill-masters have been training all year for this big day and are ready to bring their A game to this fierce competition. Enjoy secret recipes and family favorites from these St. John’s world class competitors. Do you think you have what it takes to bring home the prize? Then sign up to enter this premier event and share your medal-worthy recipes!

Midway Games
We’ve got games to keep everyone from clowns to lions tamers busy on our midway. Soccer, golf, archery and basketball are just a few of our events that you’ll want to try your hand at earning a prize.

Bungee Jump Quad Pod
Train for the trapeze by taking a swing on the Quad Pod. Catch some air as you work on your jumps and soar to new heights! (Ages 5 and up)

Zip Line
Fly across the circus grounds as you take a ride on the zip line! (Ages 5 and up)

Animals from Around the World
Little elephant trainers and trick riders in training will enjoy getting up close and personal with animals from around the world.

Bounce House 
Circus hopefuls will enjoy training in the bounce house.  as they bounce themselves to a great time! (6 and under)

Circus Mash Tent
The Circus life can be tough and we need world class trainers. Head on over to the Circus Mash Tent to practice bandaging yourself up and head back out on the playing field.

Obstacle Course
Feel the thrill of victory as you conquer the obstacle course! This challenge mirrors the excitement of a roller coaster so get ready for twisting turns and mountain climbing and be prepared to zip down the other side. With two rock climbs and two slides, it’s perfect for a race!

Sand Art
You can’t go to the circus and not bring home a souvenir! Make yourself a special memento at the sand art booth that commemorates this joyful event.

Airbrush Tattoos
Whether as a clown, a tiger, or something else, our tattoo artists will help you show your circus spirit with their air brush tattoos. Here’s your chance to get your favorite design as a keepsake you can wear home.

Circus Animal Hospital
We have exotic animals from around the world. Adopt an animal friend and tend to their needs in our animal hospital.

D1 Sports Training
Compete in drills and show off your skills!

Mr. Donavan
Mr. Donavan will warm up the kids and keep them moving.

Penalty Box
Send your opponents (or even your friends and teachers) to the penalty box for a brief time out of the action.


Carnival Wristbands

You may also purchase wristbands and tickets at the door, where blue wristbands will be available for $15 and gold wristbands for $35.



Sponsorships keep our travelers on the move. Promote your company, or show your family’s support of the carnival. We have multiple family sponsorship levels and naming opportunities for businesses. Learn more here or contact Karla Wigley with questions.

We offer our gratitude to our Community Partners and family sponsors.

2018-19 Community Partners

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Baylor Scott & White Health
Bella Vista Company
Cubeta + Clarke


Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Kimberly Wylie Fine Art Portraiture


Family Sponsors:

Tightrope Walker - $500

Chocobo Yoga
The Lemons Family
The Magee Family
The Skarbek Family
marly+co Design Studio
Winstead PC

Lion Tamer - $250

The Croft Family
Jeff and Terry Moody
The Pautz Family
N. Jon and Amanda J. Schulz
The Watkins Family

Human Cannonball - $100

The Berg Family
The Betasso/Watts Family
The Brown Family

The Cahalan Family
The Dickerson Family
Sarah Donahue
The Eakes Family
Cynthia and Dean Elliott
The Gray-Gonfalone Family
The Haglin Family
The Heatly Family
The Howells Family
The Kelsey Family
The McCord Family
The Olson Family
The Kirby/Prawdzik Family

The Schottmiller Family
The Srinivasan Family
Lane and Grey Wittneben

Snake Charmer - $50 

The Kennedy Family
The Roden Family

Tailgate BBQ Competition

9th Annual Tailgate BBQ Competition

Who will be this year’s gold medal grillers? Grab your team, fire up your grill and get cooking for the 9th annual BBQ competition.

Grill Master Teams
Up to three members and one leader per team. See the tailgate rules.

Set Up
The evening of Friday, October 19, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Fire Up
Saturday, October 20, begin grilling as early as 6:00 a.m.

Clean Up
Grills must be completely removed by 8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20. A Dallas police officer will be on duty throughout the duration of the event and cleanup.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. The winning team name will be engraved on the official Grill Champion plaque on display in the school.

The 9th annual grill champions will be determined by a panel of judges.

How to Help


We need all world travelers to join our team to make World of Adventure a huge success. We have volunteer opportunities before, during and after the event. Ready? Visit the Carnival SignUpGenius and choose a shift.

Volunteer questions? Contact Becky Clarke or Amanda Campbell.

Calling all home bakers!

Our visitors need treats! Break out your best recipes for cookies, cakes and other tasty, nut free treats for the annual Bake Sale. (Purchased items are welcome, too!) Sign up now to bring your first-place sweets.

For more information on the Bake Sale, contact Donna Haglin or Kerri Johnson.