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BUSKERFEST 2019: Celebrating 10 Years Of WOW!

BuskerFest, Presented by your Downtown Improvement District, returns on Saturday, June 29, from 4:00pm – 10:00pm. Downtown’s celebration of the street performer, BuskerFest will feature fantastic local, regional and national acts, free admission and an experience like no other!

Buskers are the highlight of BuskerFest with great performers scheduled throughout the event. Add in an eclectic mix of random and unplanned performances and you have the recipe for an amazing day of talent, originality, novelty and creativity. Look for living statues, aerialists, fire dancers, magicians, jugglers, mimes, painters, musicians, balloon artists and more. The Downtown Improvement District encourages patrons to tip buskers for their efforts.

“BuskerFest just gets better every year!” said Bill Brown, President of the Downtown Improvement District. “Over the last ten years our partners have supported us to ensure these events remain free and open to the public so everyone can enjoy the heart of our shared community.”

New This Year:

New Acts! We are pleased to announce a host of new national and regional performers have been booked for 2019 complementing our amazing local talent.

The Jesters:

The mission of the Jesters is to engage individuals with disabilities in the creative arts to enhance their quality of life. Jesters is a local performing group composed of individuals with mild to severe developmental disabilities ranging in age from eight to senior citizen.

Rufus the Dufus:

Rufus has mastered a plethora of skills. His specialties are hilarious sketches with juggling and unicycling intertwined. But it doesn’t stop there, as he also includes magic, object manipulation—such as ball spinning and circus boxes, balancing acts—like Rola-bola, hand balancing and much more.


An expert performer in the fire, sideshow, and circus arts, Martika is impossible to pin down! Her show contains diverse elements such as fire eating, sword swallowing, daring escapes, and more!

Sam Malcolm:

Sam has spent years perfecting his craft to become one of the top jugglers in the world. Combine this with his outrageously funny stand-up and you have a winning formula.

Brian Koenig:

His action-packed performance blends high-level juggling skill with outrageous comedy for the whole family. He has won numerous awards for his entertainment, including a gold medal from the International Juggler’s Association.

International Jugglers Association Festival:

Join the IJA for a week of incredible juggling, workshops, shows, competitions and memories in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Then join us at BuskerFest to see some of these talented jugglers at work! Several performers from the Festival will be performing at BuskerFest. We’d like to tell you who, but things are still “up in the air!”

(Just kidding, but with a celebration this big, you have to hold back some surprises! For a full list of performers go to

Anyone interested in being a street performer at BuskerFest can complete a simple Busker Web-Form posted on the Downtown Improvement District website.

For festival details go to: