Last Updated on March 23, 2021
Believe it or not, people’s love of the circus has lasted more than 200 years. Although technically it isn’t dead, it’s not as popular as it once was.
However, nothing elicits dreamy nostalgia more than thoughts of nimble trapeze artists, brave lion tamers, the sweet tastes of cotton candy, and the sounds of the old calliope.
Designers and artists everywhere have taken inspiration from the child-like wonders of the circus. If you were lucky in your childhood, perhaps you have been taken to one as well. In earlier years, menageries were the main act.
People enjoyed seeing wild animals that they wouldn’t have otherwise seen in public before. Lions, tigers, panthers, and leopards were added as shows became more popular.
During the 50’s, also known as the Golden Age of the circus, more outrageous feats were added to draw in crowds. It was during this time that the fun sounds of the calliope was born, as well as the beloved “Fairy Floss” – better known today as cotton candy.
Want to add the magic of the circus into your artworks? Use these cool circus fonts today.
Vintage Circus Fonts
Combining the Addison slab serif font with it’s classic, stylized Circus font typeface is a truly rustic match made in heaven!
2. CA Spy Royal
Spy Royal is a junctionless script typeface and comes in 6 styles. It’s a hybrid between script and so-called streamline fonts. It would make for a grand circus font with its shadow lines and 3D design.
Carnicus is a scary clown meets modern circus font type. It makes for great logos, posters, and branding with its retro-modern feel.
Furius is a circus font display typeface inspired by the split chiseled letters popularized by the western genre in the United States. Created as a display typeface, it combines a host of Opentype features.
5. Swung Note
Nothing says ‘magic’ more than letters that assume different shapes in different ligatures. Download this circus font if you want a playful yet natural-looking typeface that’s meant to impress!
As the name implies, this is one typeface that truly captures the enchanting world of the circus. A cheerful font that comes in two styles, its design will not only enhance your artworks but also make your audiences smile.
7. Slackey Pro
Need headers that catch the eye and the imagination? Let this font do the heavy-lifting for you with its fun, chunky look.
8. Gooberville Typeface
In the mood for that mid-century American postcard look with hints of circus sideshow flair? With three beautiful styles to choose from (Solid, Rough, and Outline), this typeface does not disappoint.
9. Neverland Handmade Font
Inspired from fantasy movie posters and its classic graphic novel cover, this font lends a fantasy atmosphere to any work. Present your epic idea easily with this lovely handmade fantasy display font.
10. Gentleman Clown
This handsomely crafted circus font takes a more modern twist that makes it flexible for any project. Beautiful and functional, it’s perfect for food and drink industries, artisan products, and badge designs.
11. Black Django Typeface
Inspired by vintage signage and decorative shapes, this cool circus font will remind you of tales of old. Looks great on artworks that require a vintage or timeless appeal.
12. Dacota Layered Typeface
Remember the old West? Sometimes, you just want a touch of danger in your artworks. This cool circus font imbues that vibe, keeping audiences on their toes.
13. House of Glory
This handmade typeface is everything you would want from a dreamy circus font. Its classic outlines lend a touch of elegance, which is great for making vintage projects.
14. Mystery Tour Display Font
15. Retro Lightbulb Font
This easy-to-use retro typeface comes with 18 backgrounds, 5 high-quality presets, and additional symbols for a true ringmaster like you. Zoom in to see how detailed it really is!
16. Crazy Circus Typeface
Begin the show on the right note with this vintage yet wacky font. Perfect for labels or headers, it’s a typeface you won’t want to miss!
17. Chesterfield Typeface
Inspired by carnival, circus, and tattoo signs from the late 1800’s, this also comes with 30 amazing vector shapes for your enjoyment. Go ahead and explore wacky possibilities with this cool new font.
18. Historica Typeface
Want to emerge yourself in the entertainment world of the 1800’s? Download this cool circus font and discover a whole new world of design inspired by magic, fantasy, and wonder.
19. Lakester Font Family
Inspired by vintage Old West posters, this one comes in four font systems that can be layered to create different effects. Feel free to mix and match for truly unique designs.
20. Shelton Slab
Imperfections are what make designs stand out. Using this cool circus font with its eroded, printed look, you can effortlessly achieve that appearance in just a few clicks
21. The Witch Typeface
In need of a typeface that comes in several styles to save you time and money? This layered font family works perfectly for any project that requires a vintage feel – simply download and design.
22. Drone Ranger Display Font
23. Circus Freak Font
Partly inspired by the old American chromatic wood type from the late 1800’s, this cool circus font can be layered to create a color effect reminiscent of vintage letterpress printing.
24. The Freaky Circus Font
You can’t go into a circus and not have sticky fingers or dirty shoes. Capture these moments in this typeface with its dirty handmade textured effect.