Buskers in the Burg

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).

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Friday & Saturday, September 23-24, 2016

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Last Year’s Activities Included…

Friday Evening Busker Preview

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. This year, buskers will be performing at venues around the downtown to preview their talent for Saturday.


Last year, Buskers in the Burg filled the streets with over 25 street performers. Explore the diverse talents from across the country. Solarity Credit Union is bringing some of the days craziest, most daring acts to the Solarity Main Stage on 4th Avenue, near Main Street. 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.

Kids Activities

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.

Kelleher Motor Company Outdoor Concert

We are excited to welcome Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands to perform live at Ellensburg’s Rotary Pavilion in the heart of downtown. The concert is free, so bring along your friends and family for an exciting end to the festival!

Check out footage from a past Busker Festival