Top 10 Buskers Festival Picks of 2019 – Taking it to the Streets

Buskers Festivals are amazing events as they generate tremendous economic spin off for the host towns and cities with hundreds and even thousands of people visiting these areas to watch these amazing street performers from all over the globe.  Not only is it great for hotels, restaurants and bars but other retail sectors also see the spin off with increased visitor presence.  These festivals are also a great way for local, national and international businesses to advertise at these events to promote their brand and make these events possible at the same time.

These festivals are set for different ages levels with the more family friendly events during the day and then more adult appropriate content for the evening performances truly offering something for everyone to enjoy.

These are our top buskers festival picks for 2019.  All will offer something for everyone with amazing venues to enjoy the spectacular performers.

# 10 – Buskers in the Burg

When: September 28th – 29th, 2019

Where: Ellensburg, WA, USA

Why: This amazing two-day event will have the whole family smiling and a great way to end the summer with a whole plethora of activities for all on Friday and Saturday.

Buskers in the Burg festivities take place downtown and center on the corner of 4th Ave and Pearl Street.  This is a family-friendly event and activities include an art parade, a straw maze, pumpkin painting, pony rides, bounce houses, luminary show and of course amazing buskers!!!

For more information visit:

# 9 – Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival

When: July 3rd – 7th 2019
Where: Victoria, BC, Canada

Why: Like you need a reason to visit beautiful Victoria, BC, but if you do this amazing event is only in its second year and offers five-days of family-friendly entertainment that showcases quirky and unique street talent from around the world as Victoria becomes a hub of busking talent with performers coming from far and wide – with a good dose of some home-grown Canadian talent thrown in.

The Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival is committed to being low impact.  The 2017 DVBF was a Carbon Neutral Festival and they are committed to keeping it green for 2019 and beyond!

For more information visit:

Follow on Facebook: @DowntownVictoria

Follow on Instagram: @downtownvictoriabc

# 8 – Waterloo Busker Carnival

When: August 22rd – 25th, 2018

Where: Waterloo, ON, Canada

Why: The Waterloo Busker Carnival is a not-for-profit, volunteer operated buskers festival in Waterloo, Ontario where families from Waterloo, Kitchener, Guelph, Cambridge, and communities in the Region of Waterloo are treated to street performances by buskers from Canada and around the world.

Started in 1989, the carnival is now considered to be one of the premier busker carnivals not just in Canada but around the world.

Nearly 80 thousand people attend the 4-day event held during the last week in August.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @WaterlooBuskers

Follow on Facebook: @SLFWBC

# 7 – The 27th Ottawa International Buskerfest

When: August 2nd – 5th, 2018

Where: Ottawa, ON, Canada

Why: Well the venue is amazing at Historical Sparks Street, which is a vibrant capital city destination offering everything from shopping to a relaxing drink at a pub and is home to Ottawa’s favourite festivals like the Ottawa International Buskers Festival.  For 4 exciting days the Ottawa International Buskerfestwill dazzle your senses and captivate imagination of over 175,000 attendees. It is always a good time with friends and family with amazing 20 plus performers.

Spectators should be prepared to be enthralled by fire-breathers, contortionists, acrobats and more. Get ready for stomach clenching comedy too, these performers all know how to make an audience laugh.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @ottbuskerfest

Follow on Facebook: @ottawabuskerfest

Follow on Instagram: @ottbuskerfest

# 6 – Port Credit Busker Festival

When: August 17th – 19th, 2019

Where: Mississauga, ON, Canada

Port Credit Busker Fest is an international street performer festival, beginning in 2006 put on by the Business Improvement Association to complement Port Credit’s thriving entertainment scene.

Presenting the most sought-after circus-type acts in the world; featuring high energy circle shows and eccentric roving characters throughout The Village. This three-day event is located on the beautiful waterfront of Mississauga, Ontario.

Port Credit Busker Fest will keep you entertained all weekend long.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @PCBuskerFest

Follow on Facebook: @PCBUSKERFEST

Follow on Instagram: @pcbuskerfest

We are now into the Top 5:

# 5 – Kamloops International Buskers Festival

When: July 25th – 28th, 2019
Where: Kamloops, BC, Canada

Why: Well Kamloops, located in the BC’s Interior, is more than a city, it’s a state of mind. Resting on the shores of two picturesque rivers of amazing scenery. This might be the First Annual Kamloops International Buskers Festival (formerly the Victoria International Buskers Festival) but Kamloops is ready and welcoming the world to its beautiful downtown for an amazing 4 days of exciting entertainment.

Professional street performers from the region as well as from across Canada and around the globe will converge for this festival offering something for everyone to enjoy.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @kamloopsbuskers

Follow on Facebook: @KamloopsBuskers

Follow on Twitter: @kamloopsbuskers

# 4 – 27th Annual Buskers on the Bay Festival

When: July 16th – 21st, 2019

Where: Saint John, NB, Canada

Why: Well for starters Buskers on the Bay Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Canada and unique to New Brunswick and a signature event for the region.

The event hand selects the cream of the crop of professional street theatre artists and performers from every corner of the globe, delivering a truly international festival that is a feast for the senses!

See astounding acrobatics, hear uproarious laughter mixed with musical marvels, smell scrumptious scents of delectable eats, be touched by impeccable artistry and get a taste of the incredible energy that earned a Hospitality Legacy Award.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @BuskersOnTheBay

Follow on Facebook: @buskersonthebayfestival

Follow on Instagram: @buskersonthebay

# 3 – 35th Edmonton International Streetfest

When: July 5th – 14th, 2019

Where: Edmonton, AB, Canada

Why: What is not to like; unicyclists, puppeteers, tightrope walkers and acrobats unleash their outlandish street theatre acts during six lively summer days.

Watch dancers spin innovative body tales and mimes pull laughs out of thin air. Run into roving character actors whose gig is launching an improv interaction…with you! Every July more than 60 international, national and local artists fuel a daily juggernaut of 150 zany outdoor performances when the International Street Performers Festival turns Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park into busker central.

A creative whirlwind of acts – witty and wonderful, kooky and comical or just plain silly – this is the best of entertainment and art on a street level with family-friendly variety shows.

Admission – you decide by honoring the ‘Pass the Hat’ tradition just make sure that it folds nicely.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @YegStreetFest

Follow on Facebook: @EdmontonStreetFest

Follow on Instagram: @EdmontonStreetFest

# 2 – Toronto International Buskerfest

When: August 30st – September 2nd, 2019

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada

Why: Because it’s spontaneous, it’s outrageous; it’s fun, funny and fabulous – there is literally something for everyone at the Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy.

The festival features spectacular circus artistry, non-verbal shows that can be understood by all, and one-of-a-kind entertainment that will have you questioning your very eyes. Music, magic and mime; feats of the impossible, and the ridiculous performed by comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, beat boxers, break-dancers and much more. Four days of non-stop, action-packed fun!

What many spectators don’t realize is that this world class festival not only supports a local charitable organization, Epilepsy Toronto, it is actually organized and run by them and is their largest fund raiser of the year.

So, if the amazing talent at the festival was not enough to attend then the fact that you will be supporting Epilepsy Toronto, we can’t think of a better reason to attend!

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @BuskerFestTO

Follow on Facebook: @BuskerFestToronto

Follow on Instagram: @buskerfestto

Our selection for the top pick for 2019 is…

# 1 – Halifax Busker Festival

When: July 31st– August 5th 2019

Where: Halifax, NS, Canada

Why: Well for six amazing days in late July and early August, the Halifax Busker Festival explodes across Halifax’s beautiful and historic downtown.  Halifax also offers many other attractions and venues for festival goes to attend before and after each day’s events making it an experience like no other as festival goers have a unlimited supply of restaurants, pubs, shops and spectacular views of the Halifax Harbour and for that reason it has been selected as our top pick for the 2nd consecutive year.

The festival features hilarious, wacky, and breathtaking entertainment that can only be found at the annual Halifax Busker Festival that is back for its 33rd year with spectators sure to be treated to mind blowing shows from the world’s top street performance artists as they showcase their unique talents and skills with acrobatics, music, visual arts, comedy, fire shows, and so much more.

There is truly something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.  With family friendly performances by day and more adult focused entertainment by night with stages all along the beautiful Halifax Waterfront.

For more information visit:

Follow on Twitter: @BuskersHFX

Follow on Facebook: @HalifaxBuskers

Follow on Instagram: @buskershfx

There are many amazing buckers festivals to choose from for this summer.  So, we hope that our top 10 buskers festival picks can surely give you a couple of ideas if you are looking to sponsor one of these events or just planning on taking the family out to watch some of the best street entertainers from all over the world that come to these events to share their performance with you and your family and friends.

Know of an amazing festival that we might have missed, then reach out to us at and put the spotlight on your favorite festival for 2020’s list.

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by Calli Gregg