Buskers to Collect Donations to Feed Hungry People During 16th annual Street Music Week June 11-15


Street Music Week—where volunteer entertainers raise money for Second Harvest—will take place during the noon hours of June 11 to 15 on the sidewalks of downtown Spokane, the historic Garland District and downtown Coeur d’Alene.

This is the 16th year for the event, which has raised collectively more than $180,000 to help feed the area’s hungry. 

“We’re hoping this year to pass the magic $200,000 mark,” said Doug Clark. “That equates to a million meals, according to Second Harvest’s formula of five meals for each donated dollar.”

Any performers (musicians, singers, dancers...) wanting to participate should show up a little before noon at one of the three check-in points:

  • Downtown: next to Starbucks on Main and Post.
  • Garland District: outside the Gathering House coffee shop at Garland and Post.
  • Coeur d'Alene: outside Art Spirit Gallery on Sherman Ave.

After signing in, volunteers will receive a busker badge that is theirs to keep and a red bucket for donations. Then it’s up to the volunteer to head out and find a sidewalk spot to perform for an hour.

Folks can look for the red donation buckets near each performer and donate there or donate online anytime here

After 1 p.m., whatever donations have been collected should be returned to the check-in spot.

All entertainment genres at every skill level are welcome. Street Music Week is about generosity, not virtuosity.

There are no electrical outlets to plug in to, however. This is an acoustic event although battery amps are okay as long as the volume is kept at a reasonable level.


Clark began Street Music Week through his job as columnist for The Spokesman-Review. (Check out the full history at www.streetmusicweek.com.) He retired last August, after 35 years with the paper, and now writes a monthly column for Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine.

Check out this terrific Street Music Week video from last year and follow us on facebook for updated event information.