Fremont Street Performers Can Register Online or In Person, New Ordinance Takes Effect Nov. 16

November 11, 2015

A new Las Vegas City ordinance takes effect on Nov. 16, 2015, and street performersalso known as “buskers”can register online to perform in designated performance spaces along Fremont Street Experience.

The new ordinance was created to ease congestion and assure public safety along the busy Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall, and was created by the City of Las Vegas with input from The American Civil Liberties Union, Fremont Street Experience and the performers themselves.

Performance circle

The performance circles are six feet wide. They’ll have letters and numbers to differentiate them.

Street performers interested in using the new performance spaces, marked by chip-shaped circles on the ground at Fremont Street Experience, can register online in advance of the first space “lottery” to be held Monday, Nov. 16, to reserve spaces for Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Performers can register by clicking “Street Performer Registration” in the top right corner of the city’s Web site.

Enforcement of the new ordinance is set to begin Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.

An online random lottery is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on Nov. 16.

A total of 38 performance spaces will be available for use.

Performance circles

A self-stick performance circle being installed. Our epic mall operations guys for scale.

Performers will be randomly assigned spaces for use for two hours intervals between 3:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Each performer who wins a space will be assigned a QR code that corresponds to the location and time they’ll be using the space.

A new lottery will be held each night for spaces for the next day, and results will be posted online.

In addition, performers can also register in person at a booth that will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The performer registration and information booth is located at Third Street and Ogden Avenue.

Busker booth

Performers can register online or offline. Good times.

Street performer registrations are valid for 180 days, and may be done anonymously.

While street performers are a part of the downtown experience, they’re not screened or employed by the City of Las Vegas or Fremont Street Experience. The new ordinance won’t impact the kind of “expressive activity” of the performers. The new ordinance does, however, address and limit the maximum noise level of performers.

Volume meter

One of the volume meter thingys, which we’re pretty sure isn’t the technical name.

Guests often don’t realize street performers can’t charge a fee or demand a tip for their performance (including for photos taken with a costumed character). Tipping is completely voluntary.

More detailed information about the City’s new Fremont Street Experience performer ordinance is available at the official City of Las Vegas Web site.

Street performer

Many downtown Las Vegas visitors love the street performers at Fremont Street Experience, and they’re not going anywhere.

We think the City of Las Vegas ordinance will be a big step toward improving the atmosphere at Fremont Street Experience, and we’re committed to doing our part in making the Fremont Street Experience mall a safe, enjoyable destination for the millions of people who visit downtown Las Vegas each year.

  • D

    Hopefully this will filter out the losers who just show up in a thong and expect a hand out and make more room for people who have actually taken the time to develop an act.

    • sroeben

      Either fortunately or unfortunately, depending upon one’s perspective, the new ordinance doesn’t impact the content of the “performances.”

  • Mary

    Are Kids admitted after 9PM?

    • sroeben

      Yes, when accompanied by an adult. That’s related to a pre-existing City ordinance.

  • This is un Constitutional and you say that the Performers had input is not true out of 200+.

  • Dennis Jackson

    I have been to Other cities in north America where they hold week long Busker Festivals. With performers coming from all over the world. Freemont St would be a great place for this. I have seen some pretty good street acts in LasVegas, but wouldn’t really consider an old man in a thong or someone in a dirty Spongbob smear-pants costume looking for handouts Buskers.

  • palo

    Do i need permits to perform ? or its no permits on strip and fremont ?

    • sroeben

      No permit is needed, although you’ll want to learn more about the city ordinance related to performing on Fremont Street. More: http://ow.ly/YoB3g

  • Kevin

    Michael Moore, you are a piece of work. It isn’t unconstitutional you liberal a$$. They are still allowed to express themselves.

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  • Tourist

    I do realize the buskers & other performers in costume live on tips – but being told to go *F* ones self after taking a photo but not tipping – really is priceless… Had 2 that were in pirate garb on Fremont being jerks that way… I am disabled & on a pension – can’t afford to tip but was trying to find an ATM so I could tip – but not with behavior like that… I blog & comment on sites like these giving reviews – aka free advertising for these wonderful ambassadors of Las Vegas… Might just want to keep that in mind when telling someone to go *F* themselves over not tipping – I have the photo of these 2 persons & it will be shared along with the commentary… Hmmmm… Just something to think about…

    • sroeben

      Completely agree, and that behavior is completely unacceptable. As you may know, street performers are in no way affiliated with Fremont Street Experience. They are not Fremont Street Experience employees, nor are they screened or trained by Fremont Street Experience. As you can imagine, we want to do what we can to create a fun, safe environment on Fremont Street, although we can’t control the behavior of buskers. Tipping is completely optional, and refusing to tip should not have the kind of repercussions you mention. Sorry to hear about your incident, and we’re working closely with the City of Las Vegas and law enforcement to do what we can to avoid situations like the one you describe. Thanks for sharing it.

  • jazzwest

    Are street performers allowed to sell CD’s and pictures? Do I need a license?

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  • I was trying to register but the links are not working.

  • fuck you FSE

    this is bullshit .

    the lottery is rigged . They give you a shitty time slot in a shitty location or no location at all .

    Then say its full up when i see half the spots still open at 9 pm . total bullshit . It should just be first come first serve . Who ever gets a spot first gets that spot. period . For the rest of the night too

    you’re being duped people by fremont street casinos $$$$$

    • sroeben

      Um, OK there, sassy. You’re venting in the wrong place. The ordinance pertaining to street performers is a City of Las Vegas ordinance. The lottery is random, and everyone has a fair shot. The City is attempting to make the street safe and visitor-friendly, and we hope you can find a way to work within the guidelines as they have significantly improved the environment of Fremont, although there’s no perfect solution that will please everyone.

  • mosh

    hi, i am busking in vegas in 2018. just a question what if you ignored the lottery whats the consequence? just a curiosity thing.

    • sroeben

      It’s best to check with the City of Las Vegas on this, since it’s a City ordinance. There are citations issued, but the City can provide specifics.

    • DeWALTer White

      You can “busk” w/o registering but you just can’t stand in one spot. You have to continually move, more or less with the flow of foot traffic. This works out okay with someone who is impersonating a character (Elvis, Heisenberg, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Spiderman). You are not supposed to just stand (perform) wherever you want, that’s what those giant casino looking poker chips are for. If you’re not standing on a “chip”, I guess a cop or security can ask you to leave. In their (Chamber of Commerce) eyes, you could be a safety hazard, or interfering with the establishment you are standing in front of.

  • Jo

    Fremont Street is awesome, Street performances cool, could do away with the nudity…and the T-shirt vender is a RIPOFF! No prices displayed, can’t understand him next thing you know you are hold a $100 frickin T-shirt.

  • Joe

    Asking sir “tips are apreciated” for vip nightclub passes is allowed?

  • Joe

    Any spaces available between wynn and new york new york and are electronic robots admitted?

    • sroeben

      Hi. This ordinance is specific to Fremont Street, downtown.

  • I think more Sinatra love songs need to be sung some where in Las Vegas why not on Fremont street,I;d like to start out by singing behind a huge curtain so people hearing the songs cant see me,then when i come out htey will see that im black, and that will blow them away because i sing like Frank Sinatra really really well.

  • puttingonshow

    Are there legitimate reasons for leaving the circle before time is up? How can it be known that a performer needs to pack up and leave.

    • sroeben

      You’ll need to check with the City of Las Vegas on this!