Downtown Victoria Buskerfest

Plan to be in Victoria in early July and you’ll be treated to Buskerfest - our annual street performer festival. Officially known as the Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival (DVBF), the event takes place over 5 days at various locations throughout the downtown area.  

What is Buskerfest?

You’ve probably seen a guitar player strumming along on the sidewalk with their case open. Passersby who enjoy the performance show their gratitude with some coins or a couple bills. Well a busker festival takes this concept to a whole new level. 

In fact, there are travelling buskers who visit a variety of host cities throughout the summer, perfecting their craft. Almost professional buskers! 

The type of street performer you will see at the Victoria buskerfest are musicians of all sorts, dancers, clowns, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, puppeteers, mimes and living statues.  

Some cities block off an entire section of a downtown road to host their festival.

In Victoria we have so many squares and prominent locations that closing down roads is not necessary.

You can expect to find buskers at Market Square, Bastion Square, the causeway at the Inner Harbour, the newly re-developed Ship Point and possibly other locations along Government Street. 

Busking is Not Begging

Buskers are not simply asking you for money. They put themselves out there to entertain without any guarantee of getting paid or even having an audience.

If you enjoy the performance then it is appropriate to show that by providing a tip. How much you tip is entirely up to you and every bit helps. 

Remember you are under no obligation to tip anybody with an open guitar case but these buskers are not just anybody. They have been invited to perform here because they are good. They are entertainers. Many of the performers you will meet do this for a living and they love it! They are not waiting for their big break – they already made it and now they are performing at a buskerfest!.

Performance screen on the causeway of Victoria's Inner HarbourPerformance screen on the causeway of Victoria's Inner Harbour

Show your appreciation by:

  • Getting involved in the show – have fun!
  • Don’t heckle the street performers
  • Play along if you get called up to volunteer
  • Say thanks and let the performers know how much you enjoy the show
  • Tip what you are comfortable with (a few coins if you're passing by; a couple bucks if you stop and watch the show)

See you in July!

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