2021 Busker Fest

2021 Busker Fest

On May 27th, May 28th, and May 29th, Main Street will be transformed into Salt Lake City’s third annual Busker Festival in partnership with the Downtown Alliance Open Streets Initiative. Free to the public and appropriate for all ages, Busker Fest is a family-friendly event that will thrill audiences with musicians, dancers, jugglers, and comedy acts.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of Salt Lake City’s Busker Fest in conjunction with the kick-off of the Open Streets Initiative put forth by the Downtown Alliance. With Main Street closed to vehicles, we have more room to fill the space with delightful performances from local talent and traveling performers. Our goal is to invite people back to the city and to support performers who have been on a hiatus the past year,” said Kim Angeli, Event Director.

The festival is moving from 1 to 3 days this year to address health and safety concerns. Busker Fest is adding extra days and expanding the footprint to spread out the crowd. Open-air, space, and streets for the public to enjoy all performances! Per new CDC guidelines, masks are welcome but not required outdoors. However, many restaurants and shops require face coverings within their premises. Courteous compliance at businesses is appreciated.

At the main event, be on the watch for street performers along Main Street, between 200 and 400 South, and on Gallivan Ave. These performers range from budding local musicians to seasoned street performers, magicians, and acts that you might find entertaining passersby on the streets in urban centers across the nation. 

Busker Fest + Open Streets Event:
Thursday, May 27th, 6 – 10 pm
Friday, May 28th, 6-10 pm
Saturday, May 29th, 4-10 pm

SLC Busker Fest is a FREE event and open to the public; however, attendees should be well prepared to tip performers and acts they love, so bring your wallet full of cash or use Venmo!

What is a busker? A busker is a person who entertains in a public place for donations. Busking is a time-honored tradition that adds to the vibrancy and culture of cities around the world – including here in Salt Lake City.

“Our city buskers are an incredibly important element of placemaking that make our downtown a more vibrant, safe, and creative place to visit while drawing visibility to our local businesses,” said Felicia Baca, Director of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. “Busking is a time-honored tradition that delights all ages and serves an eclectic group of artists that we want to cultivate in our city,” said Felicia Baca, Executive Director, Salt Lake City Arts Council

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