What started as a fun addition to Downtown Kingston’s July Sidewalk Sale is now in its 26th year and is known as one of the preeminent festivals of its kind in Canada.
This year’s event, presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard, runs from July 10 – 13. A great mix of many new and returning buskers will be sure to delight.
Highlights of the 26th Edition of the Kingston Buskers Rendezvous:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Daytime dazzlers – Buskers performing for you on the streets and street corners all over Downtown Kingston!
Busker Play – Especially for children
Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 11am to 1pm on the lawn at St. Andrew’s Church
Daytime Street Performances ***Added location this year
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 1pm to 3pm on Princess Street between Bagot & Wellington
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 3pm – 5pm on Sydenham Street between Princess & Queen
Don’t miss these traffic stoppin’ Busker performances!
The Whig-Standard Way (Ontario Street) & Market Square Performances
Thursday & Friday- 6pm to 10pm
Saturday – 3pm to 10pm
Sunday – 11am to 6pm
Ontario Street will be closed between Johnson and Brock Streets to make room for dozens of performances featuring spectacular displays of sight and sound. Springer Market Square performances begin at 6pm.
Fire Show – HOT, HOT, HOT!
Saturday July 12 – 10pm
Princess Street between Division and Barrie (The Hub) will be the site of this fiery red-hot display of busking talent. The Fire Show is not to be missed! Presented by The Hub
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 11am to 3pm
Located in Confederation Park, this is where you’ll find four full days worth of wildly entertaining children’s performers, programming and workshops suitable for kids of all ages!
And don’t miss the Jester Hat Workshops by The Rocking Horse in the Kid’s Tent daily 1-3 pm
It’s free – come and be part of the Festival fun and make your very own busker hat!
Thursday only – a loonie to a local charity for your jester hat
and… The Grand Finale!
Sunday July 13 – 6pm
Make your way to Confederation Park stage for the Buskers Grand Finale. It’s a true sampling of the festival’s fun and talent! Proceeds from the “hat” will benefit the United Way’s “Success by Six” program.
The Official Busker Information Booth is located onsite, immediately beside the Visitor Information Centre, 209 Ontario Street. Hours of operation are 10am to 10pm. Souvenir merchandise will also be available.
Kingston Buskers Rendezvous is produced by the Downtown Kingston! BIA. Downtown Kingston! BIA is an association comprised of, and funded by, 700+ downtown businesses. The association is dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of a vibrant and healthy downtown.
Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, organized by Downtown Kingston! BIA, is proudly presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard and sponsored by Pepsi, The Hub, Tyroute Communications- Telus Authorized Dealer, Gilmore Reproductions, K-Rock 105.7, MacKinnon Construction, Discount Car and Truck Rental is the Official Vehicle Sponsor and Buskers Headquarters is sponsored by Confederation Place Hotel.
Release source: Downtown Kingston!