The Kelowna Buskers Program PDF Print E-mail

The Kelowna Buskers Program is currently on hold.

Please note that we are limiting access to our office until further notice due to COVID-19. Please call 250-868-3307 for any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and thank you for your patience.

"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 Grace, Program Coordinator, at 250-868-3307. Please print and fill out the "Application Package" prior to you appointment.

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 NEW map, Click here

Please note the changes to the list of Busk Stop locations as of Jan, 2020 (see updated map):

TWO NEW Busk Stops at the Tourism Kelowna Visitiors Center (#4) and on Ellis St beside Blenz Coffee at the Innovation Center (#10).

There are no longer Busk Stops at the Library Parkade or at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

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.

NEW ADDRESS, same location.

You can find us at 100 - 1680 Water St. in the Commerce Centre
(corner of Water St. and Harvey Avenue).

Deadline for applications: Ongoing