Become a Market Busker

How to Become a Pike Place Market Busker

Buskers and street performers at Pike Place Market bring life, color, and music to our streets with a wide range of performances. Busking acts range from musical to performance art, such as miming, balloon art, magic, and more.

Follow the below steps to obtain a busker performance permit for Pike Place Market.

Busker Rules

• Due to the historic nature of the Market, horns, percussion, and amplified music are not permitted outside a Market sanctioned event.

    • No devices for electronic amplification of any sounds are allowed.
    • No brass instruments or drums are allowed.
    • Juggling is prohibited, though performance acts that do not leave the hand are allowed (ie contact juggling, card tricks, etc.)

• All performances at permitted locations must be played at levels that do not significantly interfere with normal verbal communications.

• A valid 2024-2025 Pike Place Market Busker Permit is required.

    • 2023-2024 Permits are valid until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

• Market performers should display their permits every time they perform in the Market.

Read Pike Place Market Busker Rules

Read 2024-2025 Daystall Rules


Market Busker Permit Cost

All Market performers are required to purchase a performer’s permit yearly. The annual permit costs $35.

1-day traveling permits are available. They require a $10 fee and a quick, in-person orientation before you begin playing. Please use the “Contact Us” button below to receive more information regarding the 1-day traveling permit.

How to Obtain a Market Busker Permit?

Tap the button below to begin the permitting process. The permitting process goes as follows:

1. Apply: Fill out and submit the Pike Place Market Performer Permit Application.

Apply For Performer Permit

2. Attend Orientation: If it is your first time applying for a busker permit, follow the instructions to schedule a virtual orientation meeting with our Daystall Team. Returning buskers do not need to schedule an orientation.

3. Pay Permit Fee: Pay busker permit fee of $35 (or $10 for a 1-day traveling permit). Payments can take up to 4 days to appear in our system. Please forward us the automated email receipt as proof of payment to complete the process. Link for payment will be provided via email.

4. Pick up your Busker Permit: When we have proof of payment, we will make your badge and then coordinate with you for an in-person pick-up.

5. Once you have received your Busker Permit badge, you may begin busking! Reminder: Badges must be present and visible at all times.


General Questions

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