For more than four decades Circus Vargas has pitched a big top tent in Santa Barbara.

This year, the Circus is setting up just in time for Father's Day weekend.

The circus also plans to donate tickets to UCSB students in the wake of the mass murder near campus last month.

Circus Vargas shows begin Thursday at Earl Warren Showgrounds.

A ticket booth is open next the tent. For more ticket information, go to

The circus will visit Thousand Oaks and San Luis Obispo later this month.