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Buskers Festival August 5, 6 & 7, 2016

An Event for The Whole Family

As part of St. John’s Time, an umbrella festival that promotes the top summer events happening around the same time (Downtown Busker Festival, George Street Festival, The Regatta, and The Folk Festival), the Buskers Festival is a highly anticipated event for the whole family.

With three stages set within the downtown core, you’re welcome to move between each one to see a number of performances, which occur every hour from noon to 10 pm daily (except Friday show start at 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm).

Watch as jugglers, magicians, acrobats, comedians, and plenty of performers we couldn’t even begin to define, show you what they can do!

Shows begin on the hour every day. Friday’s shows begin at 6:00 pm and the last show begins at 9:00 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday shows begin at noon and the last show ends at 10:00 pm.

Three busking stages:

#1 Fun Zone – Water Street east at Solomon’s Lane (same parking lot as Reel Downtown Outdoor Movie Screenings)

#2 Fortis Building – Corner of Water Street east and Prescott Street/Job’s Cove

#3 Harbourside Park – Water Street east across from the War Memorial

2016 Downtown Busker Schedule

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Please note in case of inclement weather on Saturday and Sunday performances will be held in the food court of Atlantic Place. A revised rain schedule will be posted later.

2016 Buskers:

Bike Boy

World-renowned street entertainer and astounding performer Sean Bridges mixes amazing bicycle stunts, incredible juggling tricks and his spontaneous, zany humour to put on a thrilling, fearless funny show. Bike Boy Sean Bridges will be performing all weekend long from the Fun Zone stage on Water Street at the foot of Solomon’s Lane.


The Bang Bang Boys

The Bang Bang Boys are part vaudeville, part clown and entirely fun! With almost 70 years of combined experience, they have more than enough tricks up their sleeves to keep audiences howling for more! They bring the WOW and the HOLY COW that will put a smile on your face and a ton of laughter in your heart! A show not to be missed. 

The Bang Bang Boys are Checkerboard Guy David Aiken, and Flying Dutchmen’s own  Jean Michel Pare


Vanessa Cardoso is originally from Brazil but now makes newfoundland her home.  Check her out at various locations throughout the festival as she transforms into ‘Flamenco Dancer living statue’ that is a fusion of her work will be on as a street artist and Flamenco dancer.


Bendy Em

Emma Kerger, aka Bendy Em, is a former National Gymnast and dancer originally from the United Kingdom who now resides in Sydney Australia. This pint-sized entertainer will have you on the edge of your seat as she comedically bends and contorts her body into freakily mind-boggling positions. If you want to see something memorable and entirely out of the norm watch Bendy Em squeeze herself into a tiny 16″ Perspex Box balanced on a 7ft rig. This show should not be missed


iFLY Aerialists

Two aerial artists featuring Hilary Walsh and Keely Whitelaw with coordinator Anahareo Doelle. iFLY Aerial Arts are local performers that perform regularly with Wonderbolt. They operate out of The SPACE, our new Downtown studio, located in the Baird’s Property. IFLY Aerialists will be performing Saturday and Sunday at Harbourside Park. Check the schedule for performance times.


Michael Conway Magic

Michael Conway has been performing his Magic all over Newfoundland since 2008. Full of laughs and audience participation the show features everything from the classics of Magic to brand new Illusions.

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YTV Backstage Tour!

This summer YTV is bringing The Zone to you! Check off YOUR summer bucket list and go behind the scenes of The Zone with a 360 degree virtual reality tour, take your photo “on set,” and even meet the hosts! Check them out on Saturday and Sunday at Harbourside Park.

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Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizza Sampling

Drop by and taste a sampling from Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria at the Fun Zone on Water Street all day Saturday and Sunday.


Balloons & Bow Ties

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Magical Smiles Alliance – Face Painting



Brought to you by Downtown St. John’s

Supported by McCore Management

Grants by Canadian Heritage and the City of St. John’s