Busking, the art of street performance, is becoming popular across the Globe. Did you know that Albert Einstein, Justin Bieber, Robin Wiliams, and Bernie Mac are among many talented celebrities who were street performers before making it big? Many busking festivals happen throughout the year that encourage everyday people to take their talents to the streets. Paris France, Dublin Ireland, New Delhi India, New York City, Berlin Germany, and Marrakesh Morocco have been deemed some of the most popular busking locations in the world. Busking is happening everywhere these days. Regardless of where you will be this summer (between the months of May, June, July, and August) there is a Busking festival for you. Check out this list below [in Chronological order] and find one that ignites your inner Buskerteer !
Artsplosure Art Festival Raleigh, North Carolina May 15 – 17
Our first FREE (because everyone likes free) music festival lasts 3 days in Raleigh. Buskers include visual artists, singers, dancers, and student performers from the nearby high school. It’s a great chance to see legendary talent and upcoming stars.
Lawrence Busker Festival Lawrence, Kansas May 29 – 31
Another FREE busking festival running for 3 days serving up family fun for the past 7 years. This festival features international entertainment including bands, live statues, theater performances, and face painting.It’s a perfect weekend getaway.
Busker and Street Performance Festival Cambridge, England June 12 – 14
The 7th annual festival offers top of the line busking. The Cambuskers Community Group works to put on the festival encouraging those in “the city of music and festivals” to showcase their talent. Cambridge is the perfect city to see genuine raw talent not to mention there are great shops all across town.
Banbridge Buskfest Banbridge, Ireland June 27
With 12 years under their belt this busking festival caters to over 6,000 busker fans each year. They spice things up by holding a competition between Buskers with a cash pot of £3000. Awards include Best Junior Performer, Best Band, Best Overall Performance and more. For those too shy to get on stage and shake your tail feather Banbridge offers many workshops encouraging you to polish up your skills.
Fort Wayne Buskerfest Fort Wayne, Indiana June 27
This American festival is another FREE music festival that features a wide range of performers, food trucks, jugglers, fire breathers, and more. They have food trucks…do I really need to say much more ?
Stockholm Street Festival Stockholm, Sweden July 2 – 5
This 6th annual FREE festival includes busking acts from all over. Aside from the singers and dancers, you can expect to see acrobats, comedians, and puppetry.
Street Perform World Championship Dublin, Ireland July 10 -12
Yet another, FREE music festival that is in its 10th year. The festival is ideal for a family with a Kids Courts, Petting Zoo, and Farmers Market! This Dublin festival provides performances from instrumentalists, singers, break dancers, poets, food, and cute sheep…
Spraoi Street Festival Waterford, Ireland July 31
One of Ireland’s many FREE festival with an average of 80,000 guests annually! Spraoi includes musicians from all over the world. So many are attracted because of the Kid’s Fest, Parade, and Theater groups that contribute to the festival each year.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Edinburgh, Scotland August 7 – 31
Enjoy the “world’s largest” festival in Scotland’s capital! The three-week event brings thousands of people to the Scottish streets featuring world wide famous musicians as well as smaller rising artists. Be prepared for cabarets, poetry, dancers, live statutes, and opera performances.
Sun Life Financial Waterloo Buskers Carnival Waterloo, Canada August 27 – 30
Sun Life Festival is in its 27th year of Busking greatness! They feature musicians that are “first timers” and “fan favorites”, so you are sure to leave with some new favorites.
You’ve been informed. So, call up your friends, buy your plane tickets, and plan out your itinerary. These Busking Festivals are underway and just waiting for you to show up and do your best Buskerteer dance.
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