Buskerfest takes over downtown Miami

Miami traffic. The worst, right?

Well, this Friday is Public Transit Day, a day that social entrepreneurs from Radical Partners and Urban Impact Lab along with the Department of Transportation want to encourage locals to leave their cars at home and give the public transportation a try. To make things sweeter, Buskerfest is happening the same day and the annual street performance festival will pepper the stations along the Metromover’s Inner Loop with local acts to make using public transit much more New York-y. 

Inner Loop is the light blue one. 

This year Buskerfest will feature 40 groups of local musicians, acrobats, comedians and dancers performing 45-minute sets at each of the Inner Loop stops and select satellite locations, including the Olympia Theatre and Miami Center for Architecture and Design (100 NE First St) which will host the Buskerfest Children’s Corner. Also added to the line up this year is the Comedy Corner by Comic Cure. The festival will provide a “passport” from any location to track your travels, collect stamps and enter a free raffle, vote for your favorite artist and take advantage of great deals with nearby restaurants, bars and retailers. See the entire schedule of acts here

Starting at 7 p.m. at Bayfront Park, there will be a showcase of buskers followed by a show from Miami’s urban soul jam band Ketchy Shuby at 8 p.m. 

Justin Trieger, one of the cofounders of Buskerfest, is excited about the show at Bayfront Park. “We are calling it the Buskextravaganza, during which 12 performance groups will be performing simultaneously. The idea was to bring all performers and attendees to the park for a concentrated celebration before the closing set by Ketchy Shuby.” 

If you stay downtown long enough, you can avoid the rush hour traffic altogether.

If you go

  • What: Buskerfest
  • When: 4-9 p.m. Friday; Performers will also be stationed along the Metromover Inner Loop from 4-7 p.m.; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
  • Cost: Free