Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival

AUGUST 24-27, 2023

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Have until September 12, 2022 to vote for The Waterloo Busker Carnival in the best local festival category-Readers Choice Awards.

International Performers

The Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven carnival that has been entertaining families in the Waterloo Region since 1989. From acrobatics, to comedians, magicians and fire breathers, the Carnival brings the best international artists in the world to UpTown Waterloo for four days. Be prepared to laugh and be amazed.

Even though our Carnival is over for another year, you can still check out the 2022 artist line-up.  Check back in the spring of 2023 when we begin to announce our lineup for our 35th anniversary.

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The Silver Starlets

Canada/United States

An all female aerial acrobatic show, full of glam, glitz and glitter. Watch them twist, bend, tumble and fall from their 20 foot high free-standing trapeze.

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Lisa Lottie

Netherlands

A cheeky contortionist and Carnival favourite who will astound you with her flexibility while making you laugh.

Quatuor Stomp suspended in the air while holding orange juggling pins

Quatuor Stomp

Canada

A game of chance where the roll of a dice determines which acts will be part of the show. A one-of-a-kind performance where even the performers don't know the outcome!

Strolling performers

Stroll through the Carnival site and take in all the sights and sounds….you’ll never know who or what you may find including unscheduled performances from stilt walkers, face painters, clowns and jugglers.  Be sure to be on the lookout for these amazing artists that have come to UpTown Waterloo to entertain you!

Vendors & More

Take some time to stop at our vendors to enjoy some international foods and visit Artists Alley and do some shopping. Take in some of your favourite shows, try your hand at the midway games and don’t forget a ride on our famous ferris wheel with amazing views. There’s fun for the whole family.

Special Events

Opening ceremonies with Mil Pasos - August 25, 2022 at 6:15 PM

AUGUST 25 @ 6:15 PM - PUBLIC SQUARE

OPENING CEREMONIES

Join us as we kickoff the 34th Waterloo Busker Carnival with Mil Pasos and the rhythms of Latin, Reggaton and so many more. This is an interactive opening you won't want to miss!

Workshop

AUGUST 27 @ 12:00 PM - PUBLIC SQUARE

CIRCUS WORKSHOP

Join the fun in an interactive, guided-play circus workshop that includes juggling, stilt walking, hula hooping and more led by professional street performers. We invite all ages & abilities to play!

Family-Vaudeville

AUGUST 28 @ 5:00 PM - PUBLIC SQUARE

FAMILY VAUDEVILLE SHOW

See all your favourite buskers as they perform one last time in this amazing closing event. Fun for all ages. Rain or shine. Don’t miss it!

Call for Volunteers!

Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who made this year’s Carnival a huge success. Check back next year to sign up for our 35th anniversary.

Sponsors

With the incredible generosity of our sponsors, we are able to bring you this year’s edition of the Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival. Thank you for supporting street performing as an entertainment form and making Waterloo a hub for amazing entertainment!

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