About the Festival

the 10th Annual Pike Place Market BUSKER’S Festival will be on
Sunday September 18th 2011

If you are interested in being a performer in the festival this year. Please feel free to submit your application. You can download the Performer’s application here.
2011 PPM Busker Festival Performers Application

you will need to print it and fill it out and mail it back to:
Pike Market Performers Guild (PMPG)
1916 Pike Place   #12-7
Seattle, WA   98101-1097

Or email it to:

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10th annual Pike Place Market Busker Festival

The Pike Place Market Busker Festival is a one-day celebration of the Northwest’s finest street performers. Don’t miss out! This free event will take over the market and showcase the many great street performers who call Pike Place home.  From 11-5, on three stages, buskers from Seattle and beyond will demonstrate their guerrilla art.

Come celebrate the spirit of the Market with us and support  your favorite Northwest street performers!
Founded in 1995 by Artis the Spoonman (yes the one from the Soundgarden song) and Jim Page (no not the one from the UK – but our own Seattle musical political satirist) and other buskers from the market. After 10 years the annual Pike Place Market Busker Festival is still going strong and is a fun filled day celebrating the Northwest’s finest street performers. This festival is the only festival produced entirely by buskers. Of and for the Buskers!
The Pike Place Market Buskers make the streets their stage every day, rain or shine, and are a key part of the Market’s culture. These master performers have a variety of talents: a cappella singers, balloon twisters, guitarists, mandolinists, magicians, trombonists, harmonica players, accordionists and erhu players, but they’re all united by their desire to bring art out of the concert halls and into the street

This year, the Festival will feature over 35 buskers on three stages (two amplified stages on each end of Pike Place and one acoustic stage in Post Alley). The Festival is free and all ages.

Mackenzie of Dandelion Junk Queens :: photo by Cathleen Shattuck

If you like the music you’re hearing or the act you’re seeing…

Be sure to tip the artist!
Tips are the key part of the ancient tradition of street performing that has sustained buskers for centuries.