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Page last updated on February 22, 2024 at 3:16 pm

2024 Saturday Farmers' Market Busking Policy


Thanks for your interest in performing at the City of Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. On Saturdays, in addition to the scheduled performances on the circular stage and Fernandez Plaza, buskers are permitted to engage in performing arts, and henna and face painting, in designated areas in and around Market, adding to the community and cultural experience. In order to provide an atmosphere in which these activities can occur without disrupting the other activities of Market, follow the guidelines below.

There are six designated busking spaces within Showers Common (the black topped area of the Farmers' Market). The space numbers are marked on the pavement as well. Depending on farm vending space needs, the number of designated busking spaces may be reduced to accommodate additional farm vending spaces.

A busking sign up sheet is located at the Market Info Table (Busking Agreement Form and Market map) and will be available each Market day by 8 a.m. (April through September) and by 9 a.m. in October. Buskers may not reserve spaces for other buskers. If a busker is not in the space by their reserved time, the space may be reassigned to another busker.

Busking is permitted anywhere outside Showers Common, as long as buskers have signed the busking agreement, follow the additional guidelines below, and are considerate of other nearby buskers and Market vendors.

Vehicles and Parking

There is no vehicle access for buskers to the Market area. Buskers should park their vehicles during Market hours in the Trades District parking garage on the northwest side of City Hall, or in the Monroe County parking lot north of City Hall. To avoid being towed, do not park in the Johnson Creamery lot. City parking regulations are enforced on Saturdays.

Additional Guidelines

  • Buskers may not actively solicit donations at the Market. A passive donation jar/hat/instrument case for tips is permitted.
  • Buskers may not amplify sound.
  • Buskers may not use or distribute balloons.
  • Buskers may display and offer for sale CDs or other recordings of their music, but may not actively solicit sales.
  • Buskers shall engage in activities that are appropriate for all ages and enhance the character of the Market.
  • Pets are not permitted in Showers Common (the blacktop area where farm vendors sell), the B-Line Café and the fee area of Info Alley.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted in Showers Common, Fernandez Plaza if events are taking place, the B-Line Café and the fee area of Info Alley.
  • Distribution of items intended for human consumption is not permitted within the boundaries of the Market.

An individual busker or a busking group representative must complete and return the agreement linked here before performing at Market and is responsible for ensuring this information is shared with all members of the group who may be performing with them.

If you have questions about busking, or are interested in scheduling a performance on the circular stage or Fernandez Plaza, please contact Clarence Boone (812) 349-3738 or