Nelson Buskers Festival


Friday 28 - Monday 31 January

NEW LOCATION:  All the family-friendly busking awesomeness will be contained at Founders Heritage Park this summer, with day and twilight performances. 

Nelson Buskers Festival brings some of New Zealand’s best street performers to our vibrant region for four days of extraordinary shows, amazing us with acrobatics, contortion, clowning, comedy and, of course, juggling.

Day and twilight performances are free to attend, although do bring some cash to show your appreciation for the amazing skills of these talented and hard-working performers. Buskers at the Boathouse is a ticketed event, and restricted to people 18 years and over.

Please note: vaccine passes are required for those over the age of 12.


DAY shows Fri 28 Jan – Mon 31 Jan
11am – 2.30pm daily // Koha

Founders Heritage Park comes alive with the best New Zealand-based buskers, returning to Nelson to entertain with amazing skills. Bring the whole family and experience acrobatics, juggling, clowning, Cyr wheel and much more. Each busker performs their full act during the day programme.

Enjoy an irresistible summer-fun combination of extraordinary entertainment and refreshment options from the Heritage Park vendors (or bring a picnic).

Remember your sun hat and some cash to reward these amazing artists!

EVENING shows Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jan
6pm // Koha

Two stunning evening variety shows for the whole family, featuring highlights from the whole festival. Come and see some of New Zealand’s very best buskers perform an incredible variety show in the early evening sunshine. Unbelievable skills and great comedy to delight everyone. Bring sun hats, blankets and cushions, plus some cash for the talented performers!

R18 (content can be unpredictable)
Fri 28 Jan, 8pm – 10pm // The Boathouse, 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson

Pre-sales $30, door sales $37.50 (plus Eventfinda service fee)

When buskers go bad! The performers from Nelson Buskers Festival present and adult only cabaret show. Amazing skills, big laughs and a little bit of sauce! Come along to the Boathouse to see another side of these extraordinary performers as they present some more risqué material.  Tickets on sale at or call 0800 289 849, from the Nelson Theatre Royal and i-SITE (additional fees may apply).