When is Ottawa International Buskerfest?

The event runs from August 2nd, 2018 – August 6th, 2018 (inclusive.)

Where is it?

Buskers will be take over 5 blocks on Sparks Street. Find the map here.

How much does Ottawa International Buskerfest cost to attend?

Admission is free! Woohoo!

What is a busker?

Buskers are street performers. They are talented, highly-skilled entertainers who put on mesmerizing shows in public places for gratuities.

How do the performers make money?

Each performer collects their own remunerations by passing a hat after their performance, which goes directly to that performer or act.  Some travel costs are covered by sponsors, but the majority of their income comes from their audience.  Don’t pass on the hat when it comes around at the end of the show!  How much you pay the performers, is always up to you.

How long are the performances?

Around 40 – 50 minutes.

Do the performers go all day?

Shows are ongoing until 11 pm.

Is this event wheelchair accessible?


Is there first aid?


Where do we get food?

Sparks Street has plenty of options for food with bars, restaurants, and fast food options. If you don’t want to miss the action, you can choose from 12 outdoor patios!

How do I get tickets to the Buskers and Burlesque show?

 You can get your tickets online shortly!

Anything other than buskers?

We’ve got face painting, balloon artists, music and more!

Can I bring my dog?

Of course! If your pup is good with large crowds and unexpected noises, bring the cutie along. We love dogs.