Welcome to Street Show—the best place to find out about street performance and busking opportunities 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 hundreds of hours of street performance to Nicollet and Hennepin avenues each year. 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 2020).

Making it happen

Street Show is organized by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and curated by the Warming House with financial support primarily from downtown commercial property owners. (With the intensive construction on Hennepin Avenue in 2020, Hennepin Theatre Trust is pausing their participation in Street Show this year to focus on public arts projects and events.)