A new Las Vegas City ordinance takes effect on Nov. 16, 2015, and street performers—also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.