SUNSHINE COAST becomes home  to australia's largest busking festival!

After six hugely successful years, multi award wins and a growing reputation as being one of the world's best busking events, we packed up and moved to a larger home that's embraced our craziness, boldness, uniqueness and willingness to grow on an international scale in 2020 and beyond.

Pen the 30th and 31st Oct + 1 November in your diaries, so you don't miss out on an action packed weekend of MYSTIQUE, MAGIC AND MARVEL!

applications open!

Do you have talent?  Do you think you've got what it takes to wow our crowds?  Apply now here

Are you a food vendor with an international menu to boot?  Apply now here

Do you have a market stall that's not just another market stall?  Want to be a part of our 'Buskers Bazaars'?  Apply now here


BATTlE OF THE buskers - A SURE-FIRE showdown!  

Our prestigious 'Battle of the Buskers' officially kicks off the festival of events at NightQuarter on Friday 30th October.  With previous winners including international megastar "Tones and I", you are guaranteed a night of mind blowing entertainment!  

Our top festival singer-songwriters will go guitar to banjo and battle it out for the 'Totally Talented' title and a career changing prize package.  Finalists to be announced closer to the event date and early bird ticket purchases are recommended so you don't miss out!   

30th October // NightQuarter // 8 The Avenue, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast // 7pm // Tickets available here soon




Be under no illusion and prepare yourself for the glitz and glam, vivacious energy and extravagent party with over 300 performers set to entertain at Australias largest busking festival.  

From comedy to circus stunts, from award winning musicians and talented teens, from swing to sword swallowing, "Buskers by the Lake" this year will see even more incredible entertainment, jaw dropping tricks, daring world record attempts and a floating half pipe with BMX and skateboarding daredevils preparing to ignite!

Prolific world record breaker, Space Cowboy will join other international street performers lakeside and audiences will also 'discover the undiscovered' with a colourful collection of emerging singer/songwriters thrown into the mix.   An eclectic group of performance artists will be painting and creating their masterpieces and an international menu will be on tap to tempt all tastebuds.

31st Oct + 1 Nov // 10am - 6pm // Kawana Lake, Sportsmans Drive, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast //  FREE ENTRY - BUT DON'T FORGET TO TIP!


sunshine coast gets freaky!

Due to popular demand, we've added an encore of our fun-filled spectacle of the bizarre to the programme for the first time!  The aptly named “Freaks and Beats” show is guaranteed to shock and mesmerise, with a number of Australia’s most celebrated sideshow performers sharpening their angle grinders and swords in preparation for our freaky sideshow!  

31st Oct // 7pm // NightQuarter // 8 The Avenue, Birtinya, Sunshine Coast // Tickets available here soon


OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY - it'll be a wild one!

To say farewell to 'Buskers by the Lake' 2020, our festival "Heartlands Bar" will play host to our official closing party and it'll be a send-off equally as fabulous as our festival program!   As with all our events there will be an element of surprise, but stay tuned for further details.   

1 November // from 6.30pm // "Heartlands Bar" // Buskers by the Lake, Sportsmans Drive, Bokarina, Sunshine Coast  // Limited tickets available here soon



All performer hats and suitcases will be out, so don’t forget to BYO spare change!  We'll also have our 'Pick your Busker' money for sale, with each token worth $1.  They'll be for sale from our info headquarters and when given, your favourite acts will redeem for cash. All generous gratuities given to the acts will be received with thanks and the purchase of merchandise will also support our talent on their road to success. 

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