Lawrence Busker Festival
Downtown Lawrence, Kansas
(785) 749-2226

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 24, 25 & 26, 2021

Free, other than tips for the performers

Art Tougeau - Lawrence Wheeled Art Parade

Lawrence Busker Festival - Lawrence, Kansas
Kansas City Ukesters at the Lawrence Busker Festival
Kansas City Ukesters - ukulele players

After a year off because of Covid-10, the 13th annual Lawrence Busker Festival is scheduled to be September 24-26, 2021. The three day event is free, other than tips to the performers. Busking is performing in public places for money. Buskers are also called street performers, street musicians, minstrels, or troubadours.

There will be at least 5 stages with continuous performances by more than 25 acts, scattered along and around Massachusetts Street, which is the Lawrence, Kansas downtown. More street performers such as musicians, balloon artists, jugglers, magicians and chalk artists set up along Massachusetts between the stages. If it is a hot day, most of the performers who are not on stage set up along the south, shady side of the street. 

My favorite performances at past Busker Festivals have included the KC Ukesters, the MamaLou Strongwoman Show, Alferd Packer Memorial String Band and the Voler Thieves of Flight Aerial Artists.

Food vendors have been somewhat limited in past years, but Massachusetts is lined with many great, locally owned restaurants. This street may be the best shopping main street in Kansas.

Performances in 2019 were scheduled from 5-11PM on Friday, noon-11PM on Saturday, and 1-6PM on Sunday. There were also be workshops during the day on Saturday. This page will be updated with the 2021 hours as soon as we have them. We the addition of Monday (Memorial Day) this year, we expect the hours will also be changing on Sunday.

Living statue on Massachusetts Street

Periko Payaso Loko - juggler
Periko Payaso Loko, juggler, on the US Bank Stage

F Holes band - Lawrnece, Kansas
The F Holes from Lawrence, Kansas take their name from the "f" shaped sound holes in stringed musical instruments

MamaLou Strongwoman
  MamaLou Strongwoman (originally from Kansas City, Kansas) is one of only 3 performing strongwomen in the world

Voler - Thieves of Flight Aerial Artists
Introducing the Voler - Thieves of Flight Aerial Artists at the Lawrence Arts Center Stage

Voler - Thieves of Flight Aerial Artists at the Lawrence Busker Festival
Hayley Cherveny was the first to perform on the Aerial fabric (also known as aerial contortion, aerial ribbons & aerial silks) -
the artists wrap, suspend, fall, swing and spiral their way into and out of various positions on suspended fabric

Nichole Raab - Voler Thieves of Flight
Nichole Raab of Voler - Thieves of Flight from Kansas City, Missouri

Rod Sipe - Magician and Fire Eater
Rod Sipe - Magician and Fire Eater grew up in Paola, Kansas

Alferd Packer Memorial String Band is a Bluegrass/Folk group who all live in the vicinity of Lawrence, Kansas

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