The Kelowna Buskers Program Print

"Busking" is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. People engaging in
this practice 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 a few locations in 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 over 15 designated "Busk Stops", which they rotate through
on a regular basis.

Interested in applying for a Buskers Permit?

1) Click here for the Application Package which contains important information about the
Kelowna Buskers Program. Please read through the program guidelines,
and fill out the "Service Agreement" and "Application" Form.

2) Book and appointment for an audition by contacting Nicolette, Program Coordinator,
at 250-868-3307.
Please print and fill out the "Application Package" prior to you appointment.

For more information on the criteria used to assess busker auditions and how you can
best prepare,
Click here

3) Once approved and payment received, you will be given a photo permit and a map of 
the designated "Busk Stop" locations. To download the map,
Click here


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.



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