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2015 Busker Festival People’s Choice Award Winner

You came, you saw, you voted.  And now, we have a winner for our 2015 Busker Festival People’s Choice Award. 

The winner is, DEREK MCALISTER!  

Derek certainly wowed the crowd with his poll climbing and fire juggling.  He wins a $500 travel voucher to the airline of his choice.  Congratulations, Derek!

Thank you to everyone who voted and supported our buskers at the 9th annual Busker Festival and Buskers After Dark.  We offered a prize to those who voted. The prize is a $100 gift certificate valid at all of Seaport Village and The Headquarters shops and restaurants. We will contact the winner this week.

Until next year!

Boardwalk Betty

Helpful Tips for the 2015 Busker Festival

We’re days away from the 2015 Busker Festival and Buskers After Dark. I’m here to give you some very helpful tips, so you have an amazing time at Busker Festival.


The first thing that you will have to do is find parking. 

Parking is available in the Seaport Village lots, where guests pay $3 for the first two hours with validation and $2 every 30 minutes thereafter.

There will be extra parking at the Hilton Hotel Bayfront  parking lot located on Park blvd. Free shuttles will take guests back and forth from the Hilton Bayfront to Seaport Village.  Shuttle stops will be marked with umbrella and signage. The shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 11:30am-6:30pm.  All day parking rate at the Hilton is $10.

And of course, we always encourage you all to take public transportation.  You can hop on the trolley and get off at the Seaport Village stop, or you can take the bus.  For more information on public transportation please call 1-800-commute or visit www.sdcommute.com

I suggest that you arrive at least an hour before the festival as the parking lots can get packed fast. 


This year’s acts are some of the best to date.   We will have fire stunts, awe-inspiring juggling, and incredible balancing acts. We even have a guy who folds himself inside a clear box! Wow, right? An in depth looks at each busker & their performance times can be found herehttp://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival/this-years-lineup

Performances will take place at the top of every hour starting at noon in the West Plaza Fountain Area and every half hour starting at 12:30 in the East Plaza Gazebo. Buskers will also be performing, outside of their main performance times, in other parts of Seaport Village, so essentially every corner will have a busker act performing.

Outside of the 10 competing Buskers, we will have non competing acts around Seaport Village and our sister property, The Headquarters. http://theheadquarters.com/   On the first day of the festival, there will be a live body painter at The Headquarters from 2-4pm.  You have to check that out!

Make sure you pick up a day of brochure to get the scoop on all the weekend activities and performances.  Brochures can be found near the directories and at the two white tents located at each main performance stage. 


If you’re wondering if the competing buskers are competing for a prize, yes, they absolutely are! They are competing for a People's Choice Award. The busker who wins the People's Choice Award will get a $500 travel voucher so that they can bring their act on the road.  You can vote for your favorite busker at one of the two voting booths (marked by white tents) next to each of the main performance areas.

The buskers are also performing for your tips.  These buskers have traveled from all over the country to show you their art form, so let’s show them some love and come prepared to tip.

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Well, aside from all the talented acts, we will have bountiful of giveaway prizes from all of our shops  and restaurants so, get educated on all our Seaport Village shops & restaurants because our emcee will be quizzing you all with some fun trivia!

Do you have a smart phone?  Well good, because the first 50 people to check-in on Facebook at our sister property, The Headquarters during the festival hours get a $15 Seaport Village/The Headquarters Gift Certificate!  All you have to do is show your check-in to the store clerks at Urban Beach House located inside The Headquarters. How easy is that!

Speaking of social media! We want to see all the fun you’re having during the festival,  so make sure to tweet, instagram and Facebook your memories throughout the weekend using the hashtags;  #seaportvillage #buskerfest15

Follow Seaport Village on Twitter and Instagram-  @seaport_village

But wait! That’s not all! We are having another one of our super cool and fun blog photo contests where you can win a $50 Seaport Village  gift certificate (valid at all of our shops and restaurants).  Here are the details on the contest. (link coming soon)  Make sure you snap away at the festival and send me all your beautiful photos by March 16th!


On Saturday, March 7th come to Buskers After Dark for the risqué side of Seaport Village. We will have food and drink specials from our food court eateries 7 to 10pm in the Food Court.  This event is 18+ please. Free entrance, buskers will be accepting tips. There will also be a DJ between each busker act.

Lots of tips, right?  Aren’t you so glad that you read this and are now up to date with all the good stuff happening this weekend? 

I’ll see you all at the village on March 7th and 8th 12pm sharp!

Boardwalk Betty

2015 Busker Festival/Buskers After Dark Photo Contest

The Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival  is back on March 7-8th, 12pm-6pm.  And we all know that this is the perfect festival to do a photo contest for.  All that fire, juggling, unicycling, you’re bound to snap a great photo. 

How does it work? 

Similar to our past photo contests (ahem, Surfin’ Santa), you will need to take an awesome photo during Busker Festival.  And of course don’t forget to check out our Buskers After Dark on March 7th, 7pm-10pm.  This 18+ event will be racier, with lots of fun entertainment as well as beer and food specials from our food court eateries.   Trust me; you’ll have many photo opportunities at Buskers After Dark.   After you snap the perfect shot, send your photo to boardwalk.betty@yahoo.com by March 16th.  I will then post all the photos submitted on the blog and ask our readers to choose a winner. 

What’s the prize?

The photo with the most votes will win a $50 Seaport Village /The Headquarters Gift Certificate!  The certificate is valid at all of our shops and restaurants.  Score, right?!

I’m so excited to see all your fun photos.  I want to see how much fun you had, so don’t hold back!

Remember the deadline to submit your photo is March 16th!  Send them to me at to be entered into our contest. 

Good luck!

Boardwalk Betty

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Consider this a window to the best views in town, an abundance of tips, secrets and downtown chatter. Boardwalk Betty cruises the cobblestone to bring you the splendor of Seaport Village. Join in her experiences, her observations and interactions as she shows you how Seaport Village is where the magic of the sea comes to life.  Also, a list of her favorite blogs below!