Blue Skies – Kalamazoo or Busk!

Thank you for your patience while we finalize the busking program for 2021. We anticipate having a finalized map of locations and guidelines by July 15, 2021.  We will be extending the season through the end of October.  If you would like to be notified when we are published, please use the email below.

A program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo designed in an effort to encourage the performing arts and provide an opportunity for entertainers to perform for the public and promote their bands, business, and profession. Entertainers are required to register in order to maintain compliance with special‐event outdoor entertainment policies. Blue Skies entertainers perform free‐of‐charge, but tipping is encouraged. Entertainers may include, but are not limited to the following: bands, solo musicians, singers, jugglers, clowns, improv artists, etc.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  1. Entertainers are required to apply through the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo for a permit each season.
  2. Entertainers must prominently display their Blue Skies permit during busking performances.
  3. Entertainers are responsible for their own amplification, for use only at pre‐approved sites.
  4. Entertainers under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent/guardian, and if under the age of 15 there must be a parent or guardian present during all performances.
    Due to high demand, performances during Art  Hop evenings must be approved by the Arts Council at least 30 days in advance.


When weather permits, approved Blue Skies entertainers are permitted to perform outdoors in pre‐approved locations (map included with permit) from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Performances are limited to the following time slots:

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 1 pm and 4:30 – 8 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am – 1 pm and 4:30 – 9 pm (Excluding Art Hop*)
  • Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm | Sunday: Noon – 8 pm

Materials may be downloaded here:

Program Contact

Email Charlie Tomlinson or call (269) 342-5059

The ACGK Office is open M-F, 9 am to 5 pm. Masks are welcomed for in-person visits and social distancing measures are in effect. Virtual meetings are also available.

Please feel free to also reach us at: (269) 342-5059 or

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