The Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is postponed!

Bummer, we know. This was a very hard decision for us to make, and we wanted to write a blog post to explain why we decided to do this. Unfortunately, between the rainy weather and coronavirus concerns, ticket sales were not where they needed to be to raise funds for the organization. Dad's Garage is currently making plans for programming and fundraising efforts for March 28, and will be releasing more information next week. 

The current plan is to roll the remaining  fundraising efforts into the Dad's Garage 25th Anniversary Party, which has already been scheduled for August 8, 2021. Elements of the Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival, such as rides, a beer garden, and special improviser-led games will be incorporated into the August 8 event. More details on the Dad's Garage 25th Anniversary Party will be announced in May.

Dad's Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is one part festival and one part theatrical weirdness that you'll only find at Dad's Garage. In addition to plenty of beer, rides, and delicious food, attendees will get to interact one-on-one with our improvisers in games and carnival booths like "Redneck Wine Tasting," "Wheelchair Obstacle Course," "Bad Caricatures," and "Improvised Erotic Fanfiction."

The fun and magic of improv comedy steps off the stage and into our festival, and guests of the Dad's Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival will get the chance to experience our brand of comedy in a completely new way.


  • Merrymaker tickets include Carnival admission, rides, and all your favorite Dad's Garage improviser-run booths. Beer and food available for purchase onsite.

  • Ringmaster tickets include everything from the Merrymaker tier, plus unlimited beer!

  • VIP tickets include everything from Ringmaster tier, plus VIP-exclusive indoor lounge with hospitality area, bag check, private bathrooms, and limited edition Carnival merchandise.

Sponsored Tickets with discounts:

We're offering discounted tickets to all of the best carnivals in town! These tickets are sponsored by the following local companies: Burks Co. Inc, 15M Loans, and Ameriprise Financial. For just $1, you can get your hands on these tickets and enjoy all the fun and entertainment we have planned for our event.


This event is a fundraiser for Dad's Garage Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We produce over 300 scripted and improv comedy shows every year, and our annual fundraiser helps support our bottom line so we can keep the lights on and the laughter flowing.