List of busking locations
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This is a list of locations where busking is known to happen on a regular basis.
- 1 Americas
- 2 Asia
- 3 Europe
- 4 Oceania
- 5 References
- 6 See also
United States of America
- Boulder, Colorado: Pearl Street Mall
- Chicago, Illinois: The CTA currently only allows street performers to pitch at four stations; Jackson & Washington on the Red Line and Jackson & Washington on the Blue Line.
- Chicago, Illinois: Maxwell Street This locale was featured in the Blues Brothers movie and has been like a mecca for Blues Musicians since the thirties.
- Kansas City, Missouri: The Plaza, Westport and the City Market.
- Wichita, Kansas: Old Town and entire downtown area
- New Orleans, Louisiana: The French Quarter and the entire city in general.
- Cincinnati, Ohio: Clifton where the bands Plastic Inevitables and Tillers started their career.
- Nashville, Tennessee: 2nd Avenue and Broadway
- Austin, Texas: 6th Street
- Dallas, Texas: Deep Ellum
- St. Louis, Missouri: Delmar Loop
- Houston, Texas: Montrose District
- Madison, Wisconsin: State Street
East Coast U.S.
- Asheville, NC:Downtown Area, must be 50' away from any bank
- Washington, DC: The Metro system.
- Burlington, VT: Church Street Marketplace
- Portland, ME: Monument Square
- St. Petersburg, Florida: The Pier and other locations in the downtown area.
- Key West, Florida: Mallory Square
- Miami Beach, Florida: South Beach
- Boston, Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall
- Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Square
- New York City, New York: New York City Subway; Battery Park; Central Park; and Washington Square Park
- Baltimore: Harborplace
- Philadelphia: Near the tourist and Historical sections
- Atlanta, GA: Little Five Points
West Coast U.S.
- Los Angeles, California: Venice Beach Boardwalk, Hollywood (especially Grauman's Chinese Theater, Santa Monica Pier & 3rd St. Promenade)
- Lee Vining, California: Main Street
- San Francisco, California: Fisherman's Wharf and Market Street and the whole city in general.
- Oakland, California: Art Murmur and the whole city in general.
- Santa Barbara, California: State Street
- Santa Cruz, California: Pacific Garden Mall and the Beach area
- Santa Monica, California: Third Street Promenade outdoor mall
- Honolulu, Hawaii: Waikīkī
- Portland, Oregon: Portland Saturday Market
- Seattle, Washington: Seattle Center and Pike Place Market
- Las Vegas Strip
- San Diego, California: Seaport Village, The Gaslamp Quarter, The Embarcadero, and Balboa Park (w/ permit available by lottery system the first Sat. of the month at 9AM)
- Halifax, Nova Scotia: Halifax Waterfront site of the Halifax International Busker Festival'
- Kingston, Ontario: Ontario Street, site of the Kingston International Buskers Rendezvous
- Montréal, Québec: Rue Sainte-Catherine, most Métro stations, Place-des-Arts, Vieux Montréal (Place Jacques-Cartier, Vieux Port), in front of Ogilvy…
- Ottawa, Ontario: Sparks Street, Byward Market (both require costly licences) site of the Ottawa International Buskers Festival (though local buskers are not permitted to participate), heavy foot traffic area in the Byward Market, foot traffic between 11am-2pm weekdays and during festivals on Sparks Street. Queen and Bank Streets and Wellington in front of the Parliament buildings are licence free and have excellent foot traffic.
- Regina, Saskatchewan: Scarth Street.
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Broadway (downtown)
- Toronto, Ontario: Eaton Centre (illegal weekdays from 9am-12pm and 2pm to 5pm), both by Dundas St. and Queen St.; Kensington Market, St Lawrence Market, any street corner with $40 license.
- Vancouver, British Columbia: Granville Island, Granville Mall, in front of downtown SkyTrain Stations
- Victoria, British Columbia: Waterfront of the downtown Inner Harbour
- Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Forks
- Beijing: Beijing Subway
- Qiqihar, Heilongjiang: the lakeshore at Qiqihar University campus, by English majors throughout the city.
- Seoul: Itaewon
- Tokyo: Harajuku
- Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where street performers can perform at one of three allocated spots on the Royal Mile and at busking competitions
- Berlin: Alexanderplatz, Friedrichsbrücke leading to Museumsinsel, various underground stations, increasingly on underground trains
Republic of Ireland
- Dublin: Grafton Street, Temple Bar, Mary Street/Henry Street
- Galway: Shop Street including Eyre Square and the Spanish Arch
- Poznań: Rynek, Pójwiejska Street, Rondo Kaponiera
- Adelaide: Rundle Mall
- Brisbane: Queen Street Mall and Brunswick Street Mall
- Melbourne: Bourke Street Mall and Southbank
- New South Wales: Echo Point in the Blue Mountains
- Chirstchurch: Cathedral Square and the Arts Centre
- Wellington: Cuba Mall
- Auckland: Queen Street, Auckland
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