Halifax Busker Festival 2024 – Event Information & Guide 

Halifax Busker Festival

As the warm weather begins to overtake the streets of Halifax, so too does the anticipation for one of the city’s most exciting summer events – The Halifax Busker Festival. 

Soon, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth will be host to some of the most unique and talented street performers in the world, bringing with them an abundance of entertainment and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. 

Discover everything you need to know about the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival in this event guide and don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites before it’s too late.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024: General Information

Every year since 1986, the Halifax Busker Festival has attracted some of the best street performers from around the world for six days of family-fun entertainment throughout the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfront areas. During the event, the city’s streets come to life with awe-inspiring displays of street music, fire breathing, acrobatics, and magic. 

While the street performers are the centre of this exciting annual event, the Busker Festival has grown to include so much more, with carnival rides and novelty vendors found scattered throughout the fairgrounds, promising plenty of fun and entertainment for guests of all ages.

Halifax Busker Festival

Event Dates

The Halifax Busker Festival traditionally runs for six days and is held over Nova Scotia’s Natal Day long weekend. In 2024, the event will be held between July 31 and August 5.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024 Dates: July 31 to August 5, 2024.

Locations

One of the best parts of the Halifax Busker Festival is that amazing street performances can be found all over the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts. Meanwhile, scheduled performances can be found at stages at the end of Sackville Street, the Halifax Seaport, and Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing.

Alderney Landing also hosts the East Coast Amusements Midway, while Glow Funland can be found at The Seaport.

Ticket Prices

The festival features admission fees and is entirely free to visit. With that said, tipping the street performers themselves is highly encouraged. Buskers put a lot of hard work and effort in entertaining pedestrians, it is always nice to give something back when appreciating their artistry.

While the fairgrounds are free to enter, guests do require tickets to enjoy the vendors and rides operated by East Coast Amusement’s Midway. While ticket prices are still to be announced, they are typically offered within individual, 25, or 50 ticket bundles, while an all-you-can-ride daily bracelet is also available.

Halifax Busker Festival Highlights

Halifax Busker Festival

The Buskers

The most prevalent highlight of the Halifax Busker Festival is undoubtedly the street performers themselves. Each year, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth come to life with exciting shows highlighting the specialized talents of international buskers from around the world. 

You can expect plenty of impromptu demonstrations to break out along the streets, but the festival also features plenty of scheduled acts along its various stages found throughout The Seaport and Alderney Landing.

While the official 2024 lineup has yet to be announced, guests can expect world class performances of daring acrobatics, firebreathers, musicians, and magicians. At the end of the festival, guests are invited to vote for their favourite busker to win the converted People’s Choice Award.

East Coast Amusement Fair

The popular East Coast Amusement’s midway will be returning to Alderney Landing in Dartmouth for the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival. While the schedule and ticket prices are yet to be announced, guests can expect all the family-fun features of the fair that have accompanied the street festival in recent years. Vendors can be found peddling delicious carnival foods while the fair’s 18 rides include family-favourites, such as the Zipper, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Expo Wheel.

International Vendors

Along with those found within the East Coast Amusement Fairgrounds, the Halifax Busker Festival brings with it its fabulous collection of international vendors, selling everything from food and snacks to clothing and jewelry. Festival stalls include both international and local vendors and promise a great variety of merchandise to explore. The festival committee is still accepting vendor applications. If you would like your business featured in the festival, be sure to submit your request before applications close on June 1, 2024.

Where to Stay for the Halifax Busker Festival

The annual Busker Festival is one of the most anticipated summer events in Halifax, and you are going to want to book your room soon if you want to stay near the action. Boasting a coveted location in the heart of the historic Entertainment district of downtown Halifax, Cameo Suites puts guests less than a 5-minute walk from both the street stages along the Halifax waterfront and the ferry to Alderney Landing.

It’s the perfect base for attending all the great street performances and festivities, while the nearby restaurants and bars provide some of the best nightlife in the city. Be sure to reserve your rooms now before we are booked up.