Union Station Buskerfest will bring live performances back to Wynkoop Plaza this year

Circus acts, musicians, comedy, live music and more!

An acrobatic performance at Union Station Buskerfest.

An acrobatic performance at Union Station Buskerfest.

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Union Station Buskerfest is back for its fifth year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. The annual street performance festival will take over Wynkoop Plaza from September 10 through 12, bringing in performers from Colorado and beyond.

Since 2016, Buskerfest has brought live comedy, circus, theatre and music acts, as well as street performance by stilt walkers and living statues, to downtown Denver. The festival gives audiences the chance to enjoy free public performances from renowned local and international artists.

“We can’t wait to welcome people back to downtown,” festival directors Maya and Brent McCoy said in a press release. “This is an event that is meant to be outdoors, set in a venue perfect for allowing people to gather safely for family friendly fun. The 2021 Union Station Buskerfest will go a long way towards supporting artists and downtown businesses hit especially hard by the pandemic.”

This year’s festival will host more than 50 shows by 12 local and visiting performers on three outdoor stages. The lineup includes performers like Pogo Fred, an extreme pogo jumper with more than 20 Guinness world records; Cate Great, a comedian and circus performer; and Just Felice, a renowned magician. Guests can also expect performances by indie musicians, painters, break dancers and more.

While there’s no need to buy tickets, guests are encouraged to tip performers, as buskers make their living off donations. Proceeds from select vendors at the festival will support Arts Street, a nonprofit that gives Colorado students the chance to explore careers in creative industries. 

Check out the full lineup on the festival’s website.

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