Center City Development & Operations Department
Downtown Street Performer

 

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  • Busking will not be allowed on the San Antonio River Walk, Alamo Plaza (bounded by Alamo Street from Commerce to Houston, and east to Crockett and Blum – to include sidewalks on both sides of the street and the Plaza itself), Main Plaza and outdoor spaces owned and controlled by the City of San Antonio for other purposes such as the Convention Center, Alamodome, City Hall, Market Square, La Villita, and the Commerce St Bridge between Losoya and Presa St.
  • Persons performing on street level bridges over the San Antonio River Walk should take note that any loud sounds created as part of their performance shall likely be deemed a noise nuisance by River Walk proprietors or downtown residents and will thus be asked to cease creating such sound or be subject to citation under section 21-52 “noise nuisance”.  

A performance permit is not required; however, certain benefits will be given to those who register with Centro San Antonio. Benefits may include promotion of the performance and artists and potentially the payment of a small stipend for certain performers. 

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  • Performers may solicit tips with a sign no larger than 24 inches x 38 inches with a receptacle (such as a musical instrument case or small box); at no time shall the street performer make an oral solicitation while street performing or violate any of the City’s regulations regarding public solicitation. San Antonio City Code section 21-29. (online at Municode.com) 
  • In summary, a person commits an offense if the person solicits within fifty feet of the following areas: a. an automated teller machine; b. an automated teller facility; c. the entrance or exit of a bank; d. the entrance or exit of a check cashing business; e. a charitable contribution meter; f. a parking meter or pay station on a street; g. a public parking garage or parking lot pay station; h. the entrance or exit of a restaurant or the service area of an outdoor eating establishment; i. at a bus station or stop; or j. a marked crosswalk.
  • Aggressive panhandling will be enforced.

No vending of merchandise is allowed.

  • No amplification of any kind is allowed. San Antonio City Code section 21-51 through 21-61. (online at Municode.com) 
  • Street performer may not use or connect to City power source.

Performances may take place anytime during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

No more than one Street Performer or coordinated group of performers may perform in any specific location at the same time.

Performers may perform on a first come first served basis. Street performer may perform at a specific location for a maximum of one hour.  Limited performance times permit other performers to utilize the space and encourage a variety of entertainment.

Performers cannot block sidewalks or hinder the free passage of pedestrians. SAPD may ask the performer to move to another location or ask the crowd to clear the sidewalk.

Street performers are not allowed to perform at a private or community event. Performers interested in performing prior to and/or after a private or community event must seek approval from the host of the event.

All information related to the program may be obtained from: 

City of San Antonio 
Center City Development and Operations Department
400 N. St. Mary’s, Suite 100
San Antonio, Texas 78205
210.207.3677