2018 Conference

“The EdCon is one of the very few ways to observe the breadth and diversity of our industry and to learn the multitude of ways circus folk are making their programs work. There is no substitute for talking to other people that are actually doing the things you want to do.” – 2016 participant

Dates: October 4-7, 2018

Location: Decatur, Georgia

Thurs 10/4, 2018 7pm-10pm – Opening event in Downtown Decatur at

Fri 10/5 – Sun 10/7 9am-10pm – Workshops, keynotes, networking, and social events at the Decatur Recreation Center

Mon 10/8 – optional visits to Atlanta area circus orgs

Detailed schedule to be announced in early 2018

Workshop Leader Application

We are committed to creating a festival that is inclusive and meets the needs of our growing community. We are focused on accepting the highest quality workshops possible, and ensuring that session descriptions are accurate so that participants have a high level of satisfaction.

Click here to apply!

Applications are due by April 1, 2018.
Notification Status by June 1, 2018.

Official Conference Hotel: Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory

Rate: 159.00 USD  per night

This hotel is right in the middle of Decatur – walking distance to our event site and surrounded by amazing food, shopping, and cultural sites. The hotel has a large modern lobby that will serve as a focal point of our after hours socializing during the event. We highly recommend that you stay here!

To book:

Mention the American Youth Circus room block when making reservations over the phone. Please note the deadline to book with the group is September 13, 2018.

Marriott Central Reservations: 1888-236-2427 Courtyard Decatur Front Desk: 404-371-0204

Online reservations: Book your group rate for American Youth Circus

About the EdCon:

The Biannual Circus Educators Conference festival brings hundreds of circus educators together for 4 days of workshops, keynotes, networking, and community building.

Curious about what previous festivals have been like? Check out the 2016 schedule to get a feel for it.

Event details will be posted here soon – stay tuned.