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Lawrence Busker Festival

Lawrence has always taken pride in its uniqueness and individuality. Celebrating the weird and unusual. You'll find all this and more at the Lawrence Busker Festival. Dare devils, acrobats, magicians and illusionist all gather to perform their acts to live audiences throughout the downtown on five different stages.

I've been wanting to attend the festival for years, and with this being its 10th year I knew this was the one not to miss. The festival kicked-off with Bobby Maverick, magician and escape artist, has he escaped from a straitjacket while hanging by his feet from a crane over 8th street, as the rope he was dangling from is on fire. Much to my delight, he was successful. From there the audience disperse, picking what act to see next.


This three-day event, beginning on Friday evening and running through Sunday, is popular with locals and travelers alike. This year they had over 20 street performers, and most have multiple shows.

Hours: Friday 5PM - 10PM, Saturday Noon - 10PM & Sunday Noon - 5PM

Admission: Free, but it is encouraged that you tip the performers. They're not paid to perform at the festival.

This festival is primarily outdoors and continues through rain or shine. I would recommend checking the weather before you head out. I went on Friday evening because Saturday weather looked to be bad, but then of course it turned out to be a beautiful day. Bring sunglasses and wear skin protection.

Besides the main stages, which you can find a map and schedule on the festival's website, there are many street performers along Mass Street. It's easy to spend the whole day at the festival, when you get hungry they have multiple food trucks and Lawrence has some of the best restaurants in Kansas in their downtown.

What else is nearby?

- Lawrence Arts Center

- Watkins Museum of History

- The Eldridge Hotel

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