Nelson Buskers Festival

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


Buskers from the USA, Canada, Romania, Australia and New Zealand will amaze with giant bubbles, magic, juggling, a special secret mission and even a bit of zany keep fit!

Trafalgar Street and Church Steps shows are family-friendly and free to attend, though bring some cash to show your appreciation for the amazing skills of these hard-working performers.

The Thursday and Friday evening cabaret shows are R18 and ticketed. We dare you to sit at the front!

For updates, follow & like Nelson Buskers Festival Facebook page.

Performing this year:
Bubble Laboratory (Australia/Romania)
Her Majesty's Secret Circus (USA)
Lady Whistle (Romania)
Mr Spin (Australia)
Nathaniel Rankin (Canada)
Sport Suzy (NZ) 

Buskers on Trafalgar

Thu 1 & Fri 2 Feb, 11am - 2.30pm; 
Sat 3 Feb, 10.30am - 2pm
Top of Trafalgar Street

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 Nelson Musical Theatre [previously The Boathouse] - for the more adventurous! R18.

Thu 1 Feb, 8pm & Fri 2 Feb, 8.30pm
Nelson Musical Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive, 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.

Buskers on the Church Steps

Sat 3 & Sun 4 Feb, 6pm
Church Steps, Top of Trafalgar Street, Nelson 
[wet weather venue - Nelson College Hall, Waimea Road]

Two stunning evening variety shows for the whole family. Bring blankets and cushions and enjoy a night of crazy entertainment. Grab a bit to eat from the delicious food stalls that will be onsite. And remember to save some cash for the zany performers!

Follow and 'Like' the Nelson Buskers Festival Facebook page for updates.