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The Kelowna Buskers Program PDF Print E-mail

"Busking" is the practise of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. People engaging in this practise are called "buskers" or "street performers".

The Kelowna Buskers Program is a year-round program that welcomes and encourages local and touring, professional and amateur, buskers to perform their fun art form. Buskers may do anything that will entertain people such as mime, physical comedy, juggling, puppetry, playing an instrument, or singing.

The program runs year-round from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week, and features a variety of designated "Busk Stop" locations in Kelowna's downtown core, along the waterfront walkways, City Park, throughout the Cultural District, and new locations added in Kelowna's South Pandosy area.

Buskers are not paid performers, so they are permitted to encourage donations that may be received in receptacles such as an open musical instrument case, box or hat.

To participate, buskers undergo an audition with Festivals Kelowna. Once approved, they receive a photo permit to perform in one of 15 designated "Busk Stops", which they rotate through on a regular basis.

The Kelowna Buskers Program is managed by Festivals Kelowna, a non-profit society that produces community focused, family friendly festivals and events that enhances the lifestyle of our citizens and visitors.

Click here for our Kelowna Buskers location map


To find out how you can participate and to download the application package, download the application here. You can find us at suite 100 - 260 Harvey Avenue in the Commerce Centre (corner of Water St. and Harvey Avenue).

Deadline for applications: Ongoing