Spring is in the air and carnival season is ramping up. Signs have started popping up around the Dartmouth Mall announcing the season's first carnival arriving later this month.

Fiesta Shows is bringing rides, games and food to the Dartmouth Mall from April 27-May 7. That's 11 days and two full weekends of family fun in the mall parking lot.

The festivities will be set up behind Macy’s and you can actually start buying tickets and rides bracelets through the company's website now.

Carnivals have clearly changed since I was a kid and tickets had to be bought on site from stand alone tickets booths. Now you can nab a "megapass" online and show up any day you choose to ride everything on site.


There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the first carnival of the 2023 season, with hours both weekends plus weekdays too. According to the Fiesta Shows website, the carnival is underway April 27-28 and May 1-5 from 6 P.M. to close and April 29-30 and May 6-7 from 1 P.M. to close.

They fail to mention exactly when "close" is however.

The site does also say which rides they'll be bringing to Dartmouth which includes their 360 degree looping coaster Fire Ball, the free flipping cars of the Zipper and even the high tech suspended swinging of Freak Out.

For those looking for something a little more tame there are kid friendly rides too, like the Crazy Bus and Rockn' Tug plus carnival classics like the Ferris Wheel and Carousel.

There's also going to be a midway of carnival games and the deep dried treats we know and love.

The signs are up now and the first carnival of the year officially gets underway in Dartmouth on April 27.

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