Musicians & Street Performers may set up without fee or registration If you set up earlier in the day, please refrain from performing in the street until the 6 pm street closure.
Buskers: In the US, free speech is considered a fundamental right of every individual, guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth constitutional amendments, and in the majority of legal cases it has been concluded that practicing artistic free speech is legal. Busking is legally considered to be artistic free speech and clearly not panhandling or begging. Buskers are not vendors.
Because there are no assigned spaces we ask that you self-manage your space in partnership with the community and other vendors. Musicians, please be sensitive to your placement relative to other performers on the street and businesses.
Set up when you please but keep in mind that the businesses along Alberta Street need to be able to do business without interference all day long. From May – September, the street is tradionally closed from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (No parking on Alberta after 5.) You may set up at any time during the day.There are no assigned spaces so please self-manage in partnership with the community and other vendors. We do not provide an electricity source.
Last Thursday complies with city sound ordinances. Code requires that street musicians should not be audible farther then 100 feet away (about 1/2 block). If you flow over the specified decibel level you may be at risk for a noise citation (Please be aware that noise violations from the City are $500 for each musician)or you may be asked to leave the event.
To maximize foot traffic and minimize conflict with local business owners and neighbors:
- ASK FIRST. Before setting up in front of a business, please receive their permission.
- CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF. After packing up at night, take a look around and pack out all trash.
- SET UP according to guidelines below
All side streets and intersections up to Alberta St. must be clear of booths for emergency vehicles.
Leave center of sidewalks open 5 ft for pedestrian and wheel chair access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Maintain clearance within 3 ft radius of fire hydrants.
Keep a clear 18 ft path through the center of Alberta Street for people and emergency vehicle access.
Please avoid blocking all private driveways.
Doors and pathways to Alberta businesses must remain clear and open.
Please refrain from placing your table, merchandise, etc. in the street before 5 pm. At 5:00pm you may move into the parking lane; however, for safety, please vend strictly from the sidewalk until after the 6 pm closure.
Parking on Alberta is for load in and load out only.
Exceptions: -vehicles engaged in active vending.
-performer support vehicles.
Quiet hours start at 10 p.m. Alberta neighbors ask that you be respectful and leave quietly and promptly at 10 p.m.