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How much does Event Entertainment cost?

Average Price
$450 - $4,300

What is the price of Event Entertainment?

In need of some entertainment for your event? Read our handy guide to find out how much your event entertainer will charge for their services.

What is Event Entertainment?

No event would be complete without some incredible entertainment. Whether you’re putting on a corporate event or a children’s birthday party, there are countless forms of entertainment to choose from. This includes everything from magicians to dancers, acrobats to live bands and many more.  

Event entertainment can either last for a short time or the entire duration of the event. For larger gatherings, you may even wish to hire several different forms of entertainment. Whatever you choose, the professional will put on an unforgettable show that will truly wow your guests. 

How much does Event Entertainment cost? 

The cost of event entertainment varies between $450 and $4,300, with an average cost of $700 per act. 

The cost varies significantly because no two acts are the same. Though on the plus side, this does mean there’s plenty of flexibility regardless of your budget.

Average cost of Event Entertainment
Average cost$700
Minimum cost$450
Maximum cost$4,300

What changes the price of Event Entertainment? 

The cost of event entertainment varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Type of entertainment

  • Number of performers

  • Date

  • Event duration

  • Experience

  • Location

Type of entertainment

As you might expect, the type of entertainment you choose for your event has the biggest impact on the cost. 

On the cheaper end of the scale, DJs can be hired from $435 and above. From party classics to all the latest beats, they’ll keep those tunes coming as your guests dance the night away. Though, even with DJs, there can be a huge price fluctuation, especially for those who are more well known. 

The most expensive type of event entertainment is cabaret shows, costing up to $4,300. Wedding bands aren’t far behind at between $1,750 and $3,400 on average. 

A live band is always going to be more costly, due to the number of musicians they require to operate. Though, it will create an amazing atmosphere versus playing recorded music.

Average cost of Event Entertainment based on the type of event
Type of entertainmentHighest average priceLowest average price
DJs$875$435
Comedian$1,650$700
Magician$1,900$875
Wedding singer$1,850$1,250
Jazz band$2,500$1,500
Wedding bands$3,400$1,750
Cabaret show$4,300$2,500

Number of performers

The likes of wedding bands, circus acts, and stunt shows require multiple performers. Therefore, the cost will be more expensive versus solo acts. 

You should also consider the venue too. For example, if you’re holding the event in a large arena or hall, then the entertainment needs to fill that space. 

Smaller events or stages may suit a solo performer more, though this isn’t always a given rule. In some cases, solo performers can work the room so it all depends on the type of act and performance they give. 

Date

The date of your event will affect the cost of hiring entertainment, especially if it’s in peak season, a weekend, or a public holiday. Typically, midweek or low season bookings are cheaper.

Event duration

Entertainers can be booked for a range of different durations. Some will have shorter sets, and others will perform for longer. All of which will affect how much they charge. 

Experience

Entertainers spend years honing their craft, and so will charge according to their experience. If the entertainer is well known with decades of experience, they will cost more versus someone who is just starting in the business.

Location

The location will impact the cost of hiring entertainment, as entertainers have different operational costs depending on where they are based.

Also keep in mind that if you are hiring entertainment from outside your local area, the cost of travel and accommodation (if applicable) will be factored into your quote. 

The cheapest area to hire event entertainment is Yellowknife, averaging at $650 per act. This raises to $1,000 and above in Toronto. 

Average cost of Event Entertainment based on the location
LocationAverage entertainment cost
Calgary$850
Toronto$1,000
Winnipeg$750
Quebec City$900
Yellowknife$650

Ultimately, the type of activity will impact the cost of hiring entertainment to a greater degree, but it’s still worth factoring in your location too. 

Is it worth getting Event Entertainment?

Absolutely! Event entertainers are professional in all that they do and know how to give people a great night. With so many different types to choose from, there is something for all ages and event types. This includes the likes of weddings, corporate events, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and much more. Therefore, it’s definitely worth the investment. 

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