The Sarasota Chalk Festival brings diverse people together to celebrate, be inspired by, and participate in the cultural and performing arts. Over 500 artists participate each year either on the street creating over-sized works of chalk art, on a performance stage playing music, or street performing fearless acts. All age groups, levels of skill and experience come together as a family for this ten-day festival welcoming visitors to become a part of the creative process.
Our Pavement Artists perform for 2-3 full days completing 8′ x 10′ – 12’ x 12’ chalk paintings from November 2nd-4th. Larger artworks and 3D pavement art can take upwards of 6 days and start on October 28th. Students work in teams or alone completing their work in one or two days over the weekend of November 3rd-4th. Going Vertical artists can spend two-three weeks completing their murals or paintings. Street performers entertain throughout the festivities and on stage between November 2nd-4th, both day and night. Many featured events take place throughout the festival with other nonprofit organizations, schools, groups, associations and businesses.
Artist participation is free and you will receive a space on the website. We humbly thank all our Artists and appreciate their dedication to this enchanting event. Artists who are approved early can apply for help with their travel expenses and lodging. The festival provides the art supplies and necessary materials for artists to complete their compositions. The entire organization is run by a volunteer-based staff and board of directors, so our crew is truly passionate about their undertaking and your shared talents!
Pavement artists space is very limited so please apply early by going to the Artist Application page on this website!
For those who did not manage to plan ahead by applying, we have an entire block dedicated to children and the ‘Young at Heart’ where anyone can chalk their own 1′ x 1′ or 2′ x 2′ square by just showing up on either November 3rd or 4th! Contact us if you want to participate or have a talent you want to share, email@example.com