The Chalk Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit cultural arts organization that is run and managed 100% by volunteers who work very hard to support the global pavement art community. The organization raises funds to pay for the expenses for the artists to participate that includes travel expenses, airfare, hotels, art supplies, food, insurance, security, amenities, t-shirts, promotion and events. The artists donate their talent and time to our community because of all the work we do together to make the Chalk Festival come to life, which advances the pavement arts in general. Spectators get the chance to be a part of the festival success, by purchasing a ticket to attend. Together we build and support our Chalk Family. Thank you for appreciating what we do!

Is the festival handicap accessible?

Yes, the festival is located at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds and all the artwork can be viewed from the ground. Access to view the artwork is all on pavement. There is grass areas with vendors, food, beverages and parking is in the grass too. You are welcome to drive up to the entrance for drop off or pick up. We also provide Handicap Parking close to the entrance. 

Can I bring my pet or Dog?

We allow trained service dogs ONLY who accompany a person with a disability per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

No pets allowed.  No emotional support animals, which is an animal (typically a dog or cat though this can include other species) that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship.

Will there be food at the Chalk Festival?

YES, because this is a remote location, we have a variety of food vendors, desserts, beverages and spirits onsite. More than we had previously! 


On-site and free.

What is NOT allowed inside the festival?

No food or beverages are allowed to be brought in. You can purchase beverages and food inside the festival.
Bags and purses should be left at home or may be subject to search prior to entering. 
No bicycles, skateboards or anything of its type (can be left outside entrance). 
No pets or emotion support animals of any kind.
No firearms, or weapons of any kind.
No solicitation of any kind.

What amenities are there?

The festival is set up like a mini-town for the festival. We have an on-site ATM and take credit cards at almost all stands. We provide over 35 restrooms that are cleaned several times a day. We provide tents to get out of the sun and seating. We have food and beverages available to purchase and lots of vendors and craft booths. There are various vendors selling art, crafts and more!

What happens if it rains?

We make every attempt to protect artwork by covering it with plastic should it rain. The artists will stop when it starts to rain and then start again as soon as the rain stops. Water can completely wash away the artwork in a matter of seconds, and it can also change the artwork, sometimes mixing the colors, resulting in an added beauty to the painting. Most of our artists are professionals and have dealt with rain many times, the results are always magnificent. 

What else can damage the artwork?

Walking on the art makes footprints and your shoes carry the colors to areas they are not meant to be.  Sweat from your soda can or spilling a drink will mix colors were they are not meant to be mixed. We ask everyone to be cautious when viewing and getting close to the artwork. 

The elements outdoors such as the wind will wisp away the top layers of chalk. Too hot or too cold certainly makes this art form more challenging for the artists as the pavement generally is 10-20 degrees hotter than it is outside. 

How do artists get approved to participate in the festival?

Artists who want to participate sign up online by clicking HERE. Everyone who wants to participate in the November festival are automatically approved - including those who have never tried it before!  All artists requesting stipend for travel and lodging are approved on an individual basis through our scholarship funding. All attends can participate in the Young and Young at Heart public interactive fun chalk area where we provided chalk, the same kind that the artists use to create mini-masterpiece.

Can students participate in the festival?

We love students! All students are approved to participate in the November 15 - 17, 2019 festival regardless of skill level and must fill out the artist application. Students are provided a class from a professional pavement artist prior to participating, art supplies, student artist t-shirt, lunch, ticket to events, and space to participate.

What does the money collected go to? 

We are a 100% volunteer organization and all funds raised goes to the Avenida de Colores 501c3 nonprofit for scholarships so the artists can participate and to pay the costs to host the international festival. 

What is the this years theme and what were the past themes?

The Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2019 will have an open theme. The 2019 theme in November is GARDEN OF WONDER, "A tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination". Visitors can expect a wide variety of subjects surrounding the ephemeral nature of the pavement art form. Hundreds of artists create an abundance of imagery and 3D illusions for the public to become an integral part as the viewer.

The Festival past themes:

  • 2022 - Resilience
  • 2021 - Avenue of Art (painted sidewalks - continued into 2022)
  • 2020 - 3-D Illusion Museum
  • 2019 - Garden of Wonder
  • 2019 - Sarasota
  • 2017 - Evenescent 
  • 2016 - Love & Peace
  • 2015 - Eat Drink & Be Merry 
  • 2014 - Extinct and Endangered Species 
  • 2013 - Honoring Veterans, Inspiring Patriotism & Embracing Freedom 
  • 2012 - Circus City, USA 
  • 2011 - Pavement Art Through the Ages 
  • 2010 - Halloween/Fall  
  • 2009 - Goddess Flora/Spring
  • 2007 - Movies

What is the Admission Price for the Chalk Festival in Venice October 28-31, 2022?

FREE Parking  
Friday $10 admission $5 17 and under (artwork is about 1/2 - 2/3 done with artists working in their spaces)
Saturday $15 Adult $5 17 and under (artwork is being completed throughout the day)
Sunday $20 Adult $5 17 and under (Viewing Day)
Monday $20 Adult $5 17 and under (Viewing Day)

What else is there at the festival?

The Pavement Music Festival - features national and local bands from opening to closing.
The Young and Young at Heart provides space and chalk for anyone of any age to give chalking a try.
Sarasota Largest Pumpkin Carving Contest
Scarecrow Field 
Costume Contests for the Young and Young at Heart
The largest anamorphic (3-D) pavement painting in the world!
Tented seating areas for Food Trucks and Beverages as well as Arts and Craft Vendors.