Rare is the summer day when the amphitheater at the inner harbor isn’t full of tourists and locals alike watching a street performer on stilts or a unicycle juggle knives or lit torches, much to the delight of the crowd. The performers often engage young audience members to assist them, which heightens the hilarity—and unpredictability—of watching such an event. The promenade, located between the Visitor’s Center and the World Trade Center, is full of free family-oriented entertainment for much of the year, but it really ramps up in the late spring and summer, with free family concerts each weekend night starting Memorial Day weekend.
Since opening its doors back in 1980, Harborplace & The Gallery’s mission has been to keep the waterfront active with great shopping, dining and entertainment options. This year they revamped their Street Performer Program in the hopes of garnering more local and regional acts.
This Saturday, April 28 at 11:00am, they will be hosting the 2012 Street Performer Auditions in the Harborplace Amphitheater (located between Light Street Pavilion and Pratt Street Pavilion). The audition lineup is full of magicians, illusionists, a cappella groups, musicians, and dance troupes and is open for the public to watch. What could be more fun that introducing your family to the rich tradition of buskers and minstrels than watching such frivolity and having a picnic during the event (or conveniently getting carry-out from one of Harborplace’s restaurants). For a full list of Harborplace & The Gallery’s events visit www.Harborplace.com/Events.
By Matthew Chullin