Chalk it up!

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival!

Come out and be an artist or just enjoy the art! Bring some sort of cushion if you're going to make art. Chalk-It-Up! to Sacramento is a nonprofit organization created to benefit children's arts education and art activities. Funds are raised through an annual chalk art festival held each Labor Day Weekend since 1991.


The festival features over 200 sidewalk paintings created at the festival by local artists who donate their time, energy, and talent. These concrete masterpieces are left on the sidewalk for the public to enjoy throughout the month of September. The pieces are done with soft chalk pastel mixed with water. The squares are divided into five categories:

Sponsored Squares

The numbered squares on the perimeter of the park are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Artists volunteer to create chalk drawings for their sponsors. The basic sponsorship fee is $150 for a one stard sidewalk square, but higher levels of sponsorship are available: Major Sponsors ($300 and above), Signature Sponsors ($500 and above), Platinum Sponsors ($1000 and above), and Diamond Sponsors ($5,000 and up. Only 2 spots available)! Personal Squares A personal square is available for those who are interested in creating their own masterpiece. The squares can be purchased for $10.00 and the price includes a box of artist's chalk (12). Squares can be purchased at the Chalk Booth during the festival.

Community Squares

The community square area is free and open for the public to create their own sidewalk artwork. Chalk is supplied by the festival. Artists must keep the community chalk as well as their artwork within the confines of the community squares. We request that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Born in Sacramento

The Born in Sacramento area is reserved especially for native Sacramentans of all ages to make their marks. Officer Henry Luckie sponsors this area.


During the festival local bands, musicians, and other performers entertain the artists and the public. These performers donate their time for this festival. A list of performance times is posted near both of the stage areas.

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  • Scout

    I was not able to make it the day of the event, but I did stop by afterwards to enjoy the art. There are many talented chalk artists out there! Thank you all for the interesting, lovely, and excellent work!!

    September 6

    • Scout

      good to know.

      September 7

    • Scout

      it certainly looked like the meetup was scheduled for only one day.

      September 7

  • Marsh

    1:00 is when the voting for people's choice happens. The event goes till 5:00.

    September 1, 2014

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