Marvel at the music, magic, and many talents on display at Kemptville Buskerfest May 20.

The circus is coming to town!

The Old Town Kemptville BIA and the Buskerfest Organizing Committee are thrilled to welcome you back to Kemptville Buskerfest on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The festival will take over the downtown portion of Prescott Street and a road closure will be in effect from Clothier Street to the south end of Reuben Crescent at Mary Street. 

Just like last year, Buskerfest is completely free of charge and open to all ages. Parking at the North Grenville Municipal Centre is free, and a shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking lot. 

The festivities will see professional entertainers of all kinds –acrobats, stuntmen, jugglers, fire breathers, magicians and more – stationed along the main street from Rotary Park to the front lawn of the former North Grenville District High School (NGDHS).  

Guests can look forward to seeing some new & exciting entertainers this year, as well as a few returning favourites. Be sure to check out the face painters, caricature artists, and roaming stilt walkers too!

Kemptville Buskerfest will also showcase a variety of local talents, including performances from local musicians, demonstrations from local gyms and dance studios on the Community Showcase stage, and local contestants who have entered our Kemptville’s Got Talent contest. Catch these shows and more under the big tent between Hyde Smokehouse & O’Heaphy’s Irish Pub! 

Check out the kids’ zone on the front lawn of the former NGDHS, where you can get your face painted, try your luck in a variety of lawn games, and meet some very special guests. Don’t forget to check out the magic show by Kevin Smith, and have your favourite animal made in balloon form by Brad the Balloon Guy!

The vendor market will feature more than 20 local artisans and businesses, and there will be seven different food trucks on-site!  Guests will have a wide variety of cuisine to choose from, including Fat Les’ Chip Truck, Angry Dragonz (Asian fusion), Martin’s Munchies, Le Donut Shop, Sí Señor Mexican Street Food, Kona Ice, and Weiner’s Fresh Cut Fries. 

Re-discover downtown businesses as they’ve been working hard preparing for Buskerfest. They’ll have Buskerfest-themed foods, drinks and specials as well as a variety of unique products and services that you may not be aware of.

Be sure to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) to fill up at our water station and stay hydrated – it might be a hot one!

Rotary Park at the corner of Prescott Street and Clothier Street will be taken over by 18 unique local artists with the North Grenville Arts Guild, who will be offering their own works as well as face painting and caricature portraits. The group has also created some fun photo ops for guests to enjoy.  

The first 500 guests who go through the north entrance to the festival will receive a free Kemptville Buskerfest tote bag. 

Our organizing  committee is grateful to have the support of our returning title sponsor, Urbandale Construction, this year as well as ample support from many other local businesses and organizations. Thank you!! 

Don’t miss out on this popular spectacle for the whole family. Find the programming schedule, map, and more info at 


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