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Ottawa International Buskerfest 2022

Ottawa International Buskerfest Returns to Sparks Street July 29 - August 1, 2022!

JULY 7, 2022

Sparks Street BIA is head over heels to welcome back our beloved and highly talented street performers for Ottawa’s International Buskerfest! Our festival lineup of acts can’t wait to have you laughing, questioning WHAT??? HOW?!!!

Daily FREE performances run August long weekend! Friday, July 29 11AM - 10PM until Monday, August 1 with a Grand Finale at 5PM! Check out the festivities from Elgin Street to Lyon Street with pitches mapped out for flow and family fun! (Tips $ are highly encouraged to support the artists but no pressure!)

“This year, we're delighted to be presenting an All-Canadian performer lineup. Canadian artists need our support this year more than ever. Each year we bring in superstar performers from around the world, this year we're working with many of our amazing Canadian artists who are often entertaining on stages and streets all over the world. Come out and enjoy hilarious, high flying, family fun on Sparks Street!

We're bringing back our late-night ticketed events - the Buskers and Burlesque show, and the Rag Bag cabaret. These shows are not-to be missed, they are always hilarious, somewhat risqué, and full of the best of the festival in a cabaret setting in the ballroom of the Marriott Hotel. It's a great date night, or the perfect end to an afternoon at Buskerfest...” - Event Producer, Brian Wilson, Orbital Talent.

“Looking forward to the return of such a fun and vibrant family event on Sparks Street” - Ian Wright, Owner of The Snow Goose Ltd. and Board Chair of Sparks Street BIA.

Visit the official Ottawa International Buskerfest webpage at and follow us on social for the latest info! Tag #OttBuskerfest with all your adventures.


The go anywhere do anything comic daredevil.

On-beat music with off-beat humour!

A fire show like no other!

The world’s most extreme two man circus sideshow comedy magic extravaganza.

A family friendly hockey tribute that combines acrobatics, juggling, and one-of-a-kind circus stunts into 3 periods of “arena“ rocking fun.

A feminine comedian powerhouse… with a split personality.

High flying fun on the trampoline.

A circus artist and street performer with a 1950’s twist.

Whips, lasso tricks and comedy.

Stand-up comedy, juggling and escapes.

PLUS! Catch amazing unscheduled performances from balloon artists, face-painters, and strolling never know who (or what) you’ll see!

See you at the pitch!

With big, huge, standing ovation applause and thanks to our Festival Partners:

Media Partner:

Event Partner:

Web Producer:

Talent Producer:

SSBIA continues to encourage Ottawa Public Health guidelines and safety protocols as we work closely with them and other partners, including the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Festivals, Ottawa Tourism, and Ottawa Coalition of BIAs.

Media Contact:

Kevin McHale

Executive Director Sparks Street BIA & Mall Authority

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