Downtown Lawrence, KS – The quirky and eccentric town of Lawrence, Kansas, is gearing up for the 16th Annual Lawrence Busker Festival presented by Free State Beer, scheduled to take place from May 24 to May 26, 2024. This extraordinary event promises a weekend filled with oddities, wonders, and the finest street performances that will leave you marveling at the talent on display.


Circus on the Streets: Where Quirky Meets Magic

Prepare to be enchanted and amazed as Downtown Lawrence transforms into a playground for the peculiar during the Lawrence Busker Festival. Aptly themed "Circus on the Streets," this year's festival promises an unforgettable experience featuring a stellar lineup of world-class performers who will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages. They include these acts:

Scott Houghton and his Scotty Dog Show present one of the few street-performing animal acts in existence. His clever canines spin, jump, and dance around him, playfully mocking his authority. The act is infused with slapstick humor, creating a cheering atmosphere for the lovable underdogs on stage.

Billy Kidd, the renowned female street magician from England, stands as a true international star. Her adept and seemingly effortless manipulations of everyday objects transform ordinary moments into magical experiences. This remarkable woman has graced the headlines in prestigious locations such as Las Vegas, London, and Paris, and now, she brings her extraordinary talents here for all to witness.

Returning from Australia, Lisa Lottie brings her world-renowned hula hoop show, showcasing her remarkable athletic abilities. She mesmerizes the audience as she skillfully maneuvers multiple hoops around her body. The performance evolves from simple one-hoop tricks to a dazzling 12-hoop display of coordination and grace.

Making his debut in Lawrence, Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, impresses with his disciplined and perfectly honed skills. Operating like a well-oiled machine, he captivates audiences with object manipulations while injecting humor into every act.

From Canada, Mike Wood, aka the Cabbage Comedian, brings a one-of-a-kind experience. After years and a small fortune invested in engineering, he unveils his mechanical masterpiece—a cabbage-throwing catapult. The show builds up to the moment when the cabbage is lofted and skillfully caught on his head, leaving the audience in sublime satisfaction and celebrating with him.


Lawrence: Where Odd Meets Eccentric

The Lawrence Busker Festival, presented by Free State Brewing Company, is a celebration of the town's vibrant and unconventional spirit. Lawrence has long been known for its unique character and diverse community, making it the perfect backdrop for an event that embraces the odd, the offbeat, and the extraordinary.

Event Details:

  • Date: May 24-26, 2024
  • Location: Downtown Lawrence, Kansas
  • Time: Various performances throughout the weekend

Join the Extravaganza!

Come one, come all, to the 16th Annual Lawrence Busker Festival – a spectacle of entertainment, laughter, and wonder. This is your chance to experience the magic of the streets and witness world-class performers showcasing their talents in the heart of Lawrence.

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About Lawrence Busker Festival

The Lawrence Busker Festival presented by Free State Brewing Company is an annual celebration of street performance and unconventional entertainment in the heart of Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Now in its 16th year, the festival continues to bring together top-notch performers from around the world, creating a unique and unforgettable experience for residents and visitors alike.