11 Things You Didn’t Know About the Busker Festival at San Diego’s Seaport Village
Bring the family to Seaport Village next weekend for some weird fun.
On Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2017, fire breathers, sword swallowers, stilt walkers and contortionists will travel from all over the world to excite and amaze during a spectacular weekend of live street entertainment at San Diego’s historic waterfront.
“We’re thrilled to bring this truly unique event to life for locals and visitors and look forward to welcoming another phenomenal set of performers this spring,” said Seaport Village General Manager Terry Hall. “From comedic juggling shows to jaw-dropping stunts, there’s something for spectators of all ages to enjoy.”
Here are reasons why you should attend this weird and wacky festival.
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It’s a BIG Deal
The Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Southern California, and one of only a few in the U.S. Each year, the festival attracts more than 1,500 locals and visitors.
Busking—or street performing—is a centuries-old tradition of performing for tips in public.
The festival has attracted international acts including buskers all the way from Norway and Japan. This year’s event includes a hula hooper from Germany.
While the event is free to attend, visitors are encouraged to bring cash to tip performers—it’s how they make a living!
After Dark Fun
There is an 18+ portion of the event called Buskers After Dark on Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., which features acts best suited for a more mature crowd (think: adult humor, questionable language, etc.).
Parking Is Easy
Worried about parking? Free shuttles will run every 15 minutes from the Hilton Hotel Bayfront parking lot located on Park Blvd. from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both March 4 and 5 (parking at the hotel is $10 for the day). Parking is also available in the Seaport Village lots, where guests pay $5 for the first two hours with validation and $3 for every 30 minutes thereafter.
Additionally, Seaport Village is easily accessible on Metropolitan Transit System Trolley, via the Seaport Village stop on the Green Line.
Attendees Can Vote for a Favorite
Visitors can vote for their favorite act to win the People’s Choice Award. In addition to serious bragging rights, the winning busker will receive a $500 airline voucher.
Guests Can Win, Too
There are plenty of opportunities for guests to win too—the event emcee will be asking trivia questions throughout the event for chances to win prizes from Seaport Village.
Performances on Stages and Elsewhere
There are two main performance stages, but buskers can be found performing all throughout the village each day.
Guests can expect to see contortionists, acrobats, knife jugglers, ladder balancing, hula hoopers, breathtaking circus stunt shows and more!
Many performers have more than 10 years experience under their belts, with professional training from circus and juggling schools.
Year-Round Fun, Too
Seaport is home to a big busking scene year round; visitors can enjoy unique performances from mimes to fire breathers along the boardwalk.
After attending the festival, you might just have a better appreciation for what our year-round buskers do.
Shop and Eat
Adding to the Spring Busker Festival flair, visitors can enjoy shopping and dining at more than 50 locally owned Seaport Village shops and eateries from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festival-goers can also head to Seaport’s sister property, the Headquarters at Seaport for additional shopping from locally owned stores, beautiful outdoor seating and lounge areas and dining from restaurants including Puesto, Eddie V’s and Flour & Barley.
Dates: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5
Times: Noon – 6:00 p.m.