busk•er, n. \"bəs-kər\" one who plays music or performs for voluntary donations in streets or subways. ORIGIN Mid-17th century: From obsolete French busquer ‘seek,’ Italian buscare or Spanish buscar, of Germanic origin. Originally of nautical use in the sense of ‘cruise about,’ and later meant ‘go around selling,’ hence ‘go around performing’ (Mid-19th century).Learn More
Buskers in the Burg started out as a one-day Saturday event, but it was so great, we decided last year to extend the festivities to Friday, too. A Beer & Wine Walk and Variety Show offer tastes of Ellensburg’s best beer and wine providers and an exclusive preview to Saturday’s talents.
The festival kicks off on Saturday morning with an awe-inspiring parade featuring giant puppets strolling through the Farmers Market. We are excited to welcome Seattle artist Brian Kooser back to Ellensburg. Together, Kooser and participants will celebrate their hard work in a parade through the Farmer’s Market in downtown Ellensburg at 10:00 am. Read more on the Art Parade page.
Last year, Buskers in the Burg filled the streets with over 25 street performers. Explore the diverse talents from across the country. Vote for your favorite busker act and listen to the winners perform briefly on stage before kicking up your heels at an evening street dance. For a list of buskers and locations, visit the Performers page. If you are interested in busking at this year’s festival, visit Become a Busker page.
Each year, Buskers in the Burg offers loads of entertainment for the kids, with free inflatable bounce rides, face painting, pony rides, chalk art, and children’s crafts. Stroll the local shops and galleries while enjoying the entertainment of numerous busker acts at street locations throughout the downtown.
We are excited to welcome Cody Beebe & The Crooks along with Austin Jenckes to perform live at Ellensburg’s own historic train depot. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now! Click here to buy yours today.