Downtown Santa Cruz Busker Fest

Downtown Santa Cruz is excited to present a monthly Busker Fest series. Beginning on October 3rd, and continuing the 1st Saturday of each month, your favorite local and regional street performers will be bringing you the best in music, magic, circus art and dance, at outdoor locations throughout Downtown Santa Cruz.

Downtown Santa Cruz First Saturday Busker Fest series

Are you a busker?
A busker is a street performer, creating art in public places for gratuities. Busking covers a wide and colorful array of arts – music, magic, dance, juggling and circus arts, performance art and more.

We want you!
In order to be considered for this Busker Fest series, fill out this short application. Please be sure to include the best methods of reaching you.

How do we choose performers?
Performers will be chosen by a selection panel, who will look at a variety of categories, including diverse entertainment disciplines, styles and experiences.

Where will you perform?
Locations and schedule will be assigned based on the needs of the artists, safety, and appropriate sound and/or space requirements.

What do you get out of it?
The Downtown Association will promote the events and the individual performers, will provide access to posters and flyers for performers, and will arrange with the City of Santa Cruz for permits. Performers will receive a small stipend for their participation. Performers can accept gratuities during their performance time.

We are now accepting submissions for all of the 1st Saturday dates.

Help us spread the word by sharing this Call to Artists with buskers near and far.

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