Nelson Buskers Festival


The Nelson Buskers Festival brings award-winning street performers from around the world to our beautiful city for four days of action-packed, mind-blowing shows!

Buskers from the USA, Britain, Canada, along with some of New Zealand’s best, will amaze with feats of strength, escapology, acrobatics and juggling fire high above the streets on a specially constructed giant frame!

Trafalgar Street, Fairfield Park and Mapua Wharf events are family-friendly and free to attend, though bring some cash to show your appreciation for the amazing skills of these hard-working performers.

Performing this year:
Alakazam - 'The Human Knot' (USA)
Biggest Little Circus (NZ)
Kamikaze Fireflies (USA)
Mat Ricardo (UK)
Mighty Mike (Canada)

Buskers on Trafalgar

Thu 2 & Fri 3 Feb, 11am - 2.30pm; 
Sat 4 Feb, 10.30am - 2pm
Top of Trafalgar Street (Outside Nelson Provincial Museum)

The top of Trafalgar Street will come alive with buskers from all over the world. Join us for some hilarious, weird, wacky, eye-opening acts in the heart of the city. What more could you ask for, family friendly street performances, cafes to get a bite from and beautiful hanging baskets and trees to linger under?

Buskers at The Boathouse - for the more adventurous!

$30 pre sale, $37.50 door sale (plus TicketDirect Service Fee)
Thu 2 Feb, 8pm & Fri 3 Feb, 8.30pm
The Boathouse, 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson

Join us for a cabaret night when the Buskers let down their hair – and perhaps a bit more. Sit at the front – who knows what might happen! Strictly for adults only – some content might offend.

Tickets on sale at TicketDirect or from Theatre Royal Nelson, ph. 03 548 3840 (ext. 2), Nelson i-SITE, Richmond Mall and TicketDirect outlets. Door sales from one hour before the show. 

Buskers at Fairfield Park

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Feb, 6pm
Fairfield Park, Nelson 
[wet weather venue - Nelson College Hall, Waimea Road]

Two stunning evening variety shows for the whole family. Bring blankets, cushions and deck chairs or simply sit on the grass and enjoy a night of crazy entertainment. Bring a picnic or grab something from the delicious food stalls that will be onsite. And remember to save some cash for the zany performers!

Buskers at Mapua Wharf

Sun 5 Feb, 11am – 2.30pm

Mapua Wharf, Tasman

The Buskers go on the road! Come along to Mapua Wharf and see some of the very best buskers around perform by the water. Just remember to bring some cash to reward your entertainers.

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