Frequently Asked Questions

Who we are:

From fire breathers and acrobatics, to comedians and magicians, the Halifax Busker Festival brings the best street performers in the world to the Halifax waterfront.

The Festival runs for six days over Nova Scotia’s Natal Day long weekend. With 300 shows in six days, the Festival highlights performances from Noon – 10 PM on multiple stages.

From the unique to the sublime, audience members will be taken on a ride of shock and awe, laughter and intrigue, fun and frivolity. And don’t miss out on the mid-way and carnival rides! Enjoy our international vendors offering food, clothing, jewelry and more.

Whether you are 8 or 88 there is something for everyone to enjoy.

How much does it cost?

Festival is free admission – everyone is welcome – but we do encourage you to tip the performers.

Busking is the one form of entertainment that allows you to watch the show, and then decide how much to pay.

Performers at the festival make their money by what is placed in their hats. They are not paid by the festival to attend. How much you pay the performers is up to you.

What to bring

We always encourage people to bring water, something to sit on (blanket, pillow, folding chair) and of course a hat and sun screen! If the day is grey, bring an umbrella, sometimes the shows will go on even in in the rain.

Although the Buskers love dogs, we don’t encourage you to bring yours to the festival.  The board walk is very crowded with tens of thousands of people each day – and that isn’t any fun for a dog getting caught under foot. So leave Fifi at home and be sure to bring her back a treat at the end of the day!

Where to Stay

Book your accommodations with one of our sponsor hotels.

Click here to view our sponsor hotels.

Where to Park

During special events and with the current waterfront construction, parking at the Halifax Waterfront is limited.  We encourage people to Park & Ride with Metro Transit.  Find schedule options here.

If that isn’t an option for you, paid parking can be found in such places as:

  • Seaport Market and Pier 21, Marginal Road
  • Cunard Parking Lot, Lower Water St.
  • Scotia Square and Barrington Place Parkade
  • Metro Park, Hollis Street
  • Casino and GWL Parking Garage, Upper Water Street