StreetShowMPLS

Street Show is the place to find out about street performance
in downtown Minneapolis

Encouraging a welcoming and exciting downtown experience for all

Everyone loves a good show—we asked people what contributes to a vibrant downtown experience and found that street performance is always near the top of the list. Minneapolis has long been famous for its deep pool of local performance talent, but our street performance culture does not measure up to peer cities.

Creating a stronger culture of downtown street performance

Since 2017, Street Show has embraced this challenge and brought more than a thousand hours of street performance to Nicollet and Hennepin avenues. Street Show trains performers on the rules for safely busking downtown and encourages audiences to support performances they appreciate.

Providing a platform for local performers

Street Show provides equipment, signage and promotional support, as well as a stipend to address meager tipping (Nicollet performers averaged about $16 total for a two-hour performance in 2019). Performers receive $50-90/hour, depending on the size of their group.

Street Show Artists Unite for Justice

Since 2020, Street Show artists have been supporting the cause of social justice by directing Mpls DID donations to a range of organizations working to make Minneapolis a more just and equitable city. To-date, the Mpls DID has donated more than $11,000 to support their important work.

Making it happen

Street Show is organized by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and curated by Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Warming House with financial support primarily from downtown commercial property owners.