Check Out Elle Sera And Company At Barnumpalooza, Plus Snap, Crackle And Pops

The Barnum Festival’s in full swing this weekend led by that genial Ringmaster Jason Julian with a series of events including the inaugural Barnumpalooza music festival Saturday and Sunday at the Seaside Park band shell. Don’t miss Elle Sera’s Saturday performance 1 p.m. She’s an amazing countrified indie rock-pop talent from Bridgeport. DJ Dan Moran, The Dan and Jay Band, Tracy Jo & The Toads, and Mystic Bowie will also perform Saturday. The Pops concert takes place Saturday night, followed by the Skyblast Fireworks and the Great Street Parade Sunday. Barnum Festival page here,

Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m – 6 p.m.


Food Trucks! Beer Garden! Live Music! Fun rides for the kids!

FREE GENERAL ADMISSION! Pack up the family, bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for the first ever Barnumpalooza at Seaside Park. Enjoy the Park as P.T. intended when he, along with other residents, donated the land in 1864. Sure to be a delicious event!

Entertainment, Saturday 11 – 5 p.m.
DJ Dan Moran, The Dan and Jay Band, Elle Sera, Tracy Jo & The Toads, Mystic Bowie.

Entertainment, Sunday 11 – 5 p.m.
DJ Dan Moran

Admission: FREE!

VIP Access
$25 for 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. special seating up front near the bands, special access to beer garden.
$40 for 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and continuing for the evening Pops Concert and Skyblast Fireworks – with special access to beer garden.

28 Food Trucks Scheduled to Appear:

Baskin Robbins • Bones in a Barrell • Bradley Taffy • BRYAC • Chompers • Christiano’s • Deb’s Café • Dee’s Flavors • Donut Crazy • Four Flowers • Maple Craft Foods • Melt Mobile • Mamouns • Micalizzi’s • Paradise Island Deli • Poutine Gourmet • Raya Ice Cream • Sal’s Italian Flavors • Sugar Bakery • Sultan Kebab • Szabo Seafood • The Spud Stud • The Tasty Yolk • The Ultimate BBQ • Tipsy Cone • Vazzy’s • Wafflemania



  1. This “Barnumpalooza” sounds like a re-incarnation of the “Midway” from years back, and we all know how that ended up. You needed a Kevlar vest to walk around; hope this thing works out better.

  2. Harvey Weintraub, your recollection certainly throws a damper on a weekend in which fine weather is predicted.

    Yes, you said “years ago,” and “we all know how that ended up.” Well I didn’t know, so I looked it up.
    — Did you mean the Midway shooting of 2005, which was 21 years ago?
    — Did you mean the Midway shooting of 1985, which was 41 years ago?
    — Did you mean the post-Midway street violence of 1984, which was 42 years ago?
    — Did you mean the post-parade shooting violence of 2013, except that was the Puerto Rican festival parade (and not even during the parade but rather an event that occurred hours later)?
    — Did you mean the Bridgeport Midway shooting of a couple of months ago? (Please don’t take that bait, Harvey, it was an errant listing in my “Bridgeport Midway shooting” Google search which reported on a shooting by a guy from Chicago’s South Side Bridgeport neighborhood at Midway Airport.)
    — Did you mean something several years ago, but more recent than 21 years years in the past, that I’m simply not finding online despite multiple searches?

    Two characteristics that concern me about the Bridgeport culture are (1) people who live in a city but don’t seem to have the fortitude to enjoy living in a city despite both its minor mishaps and also it’s oh-so-very-real tragedies and social pathologies, and (2) people with long memories for bad events in the distance past who do not counteract the memories with any positive vision for the future.

    You did say you “hope this thing goes better.” I wonder if you would visit Barnumpalooza yourself and report back to OIB on what you found and how it made you feel about your city. I share your hope that violence does not mar the event, and I do have fears for violence this summer, but if Barnumpalooza comes off well (as it likely will), won’t you say so?


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