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Busking at the Saturday Farmers' Market and Tuesday Market is not currently permitted, due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.


2020 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 Showers Plaza, buskers are permitted to engage in performing arts, 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 (see map on reverse). The space numbers are marked on the pavement as well. Two spaces (designated with an uppercase ‘B’) are designated as group (two or more people) spaces and four spaces (designated with a lowercase ‘b’) are designated as individual spaces. Individual buskers may perform in the group spaces, if no individual spaces are available. 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 (see map) and will be available each Market day by 8 a.m. Individual buskers may sign up for a maximum of one hour in any one space and a maximum of two hours total for the day, on the following schedule: 8:30–9:30 a.m., 9:30–10:30 a.m., 10:30–11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Busking groups may sign up for a maximum of 1 ½ hours in any one space and a maximum of three hours for the day on the following schedule: 8:15 – 9:45 a.m., 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 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 I.U. EM-S Permit lot, which is accessed from the alley between 9th and 10th Streets off Morton Street and is free of charge. City parking is 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, Showers 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 below 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 Showers Plaza, please contact Sarah Mullin at 812.349.3738 or