The Salt Lake City Arts Council has produced some amazing events over the years, and continues to do big things for our city. The latest is “Buskers Fest” a new festival on Regent Street happening next Friday, August 24th. It’s part of our ongoing effort to keep free art on the street and accessible to everyone.
For one night only, on August 24th from 3 – 10 pm, Regent Street and Block 70 in Downtown will be transformed into SLC’s first Busker Festival. Appropriate for all ages, Busker Fest will thrill audiences with musicians, dancers, hula-hoopers, jugglers, and comedy.
The event is free and open to the public.
So what is a busker, you ask?
A busker is a person who entertains in a public place for donations. Performers may bring anything from acrobatics to comedy, dance to puppeteering, hula hooping, storytelling and more. Busking is a time-honored tradition and we’re giving our Salt Lake City artists the street cred they deserve — you will be amazed by their talent!
Why a Busker Fest in Salt Lake?
Many Salt Lake residents may not realize that Regent Street was once home to a thriving Vaudeville scene. The Busker Festival pays homage to the history of Regent Street by reviving street theater in the heart of the city, encouraging performers and the public to embrace more street art. The experience is designed to move you and be part of a tradition that will grow and continue in our City for years to come.
Regent Street will be transformed into three main performance areas to accommodate acts – each area named after a famous SLC vaudeville theater: The Pantages, The Orpheum and the Grand. Get the full Busker Fest Performance Schedule here.
Workshops will be open to the public to guide people in unique busking arts like juggling, hooping, poi and magic. Food trucks will be on hand, and with Regent Street you have access to so many fun restaurant and bar options nearby.
The festival is free and open to the public. Event organizers suggest taking public transit to get to Regent Street (located behind Eccles Theater on State Street) using the TRAX stop at City Center or Gallivan Plaza. Also there are plenty of public and private parking options.
For more information visit www.buskerfestslc.com.