Annual Denver Chalk Art Festival is Almost Here

The annual Denver Chalk Art Festival will be happening May 31st through June 1st. Held in downtown’s Larimer Square, this free event changes the ground from concrete into a canvas.

More than 200 artists create masterpieces from pastel renditions of artwork on the street. Ranging from beginners to professionals, the artists provide spectators with a living, growing art experience. Awards are given for the first, second, and third best in show, along with a people’s choice award, best 3-D, most whimsical, best use of color, and best reproduction of a master’s work.

The event is produced by the Larimer Arts Association, a non-profit organization established to encourage the arts and education. The city of Denver works alongside the festival in an initiative titled “Chalk it up to Green” in order to ensure that the artists’ materials, the sponsors of the event, and the cleanup are all safe for the environment.

Activities for the whole family accompany the art—listen to live music from bands around the local area, compete in the Southwest Airlines photo contest, grab food or a beverage from a variety of choices, or even have your kids participate in the chalk art for a small donation.

Prior to the festival itself, stop by for Friday Night Lights on Larimer from 6 to 10 p.m. Walk to the square and enjoy a drink or two with an artist, or compete in a luggage tossing competition with the Southwest Airlines Baggage Crew. Afterwards, grab a can of spray paint and participate in the graffiti showdown, followed by live music and prize giveaways.

The activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, with the awards ceremony occurring at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information or to sponsor an artist, apply to participate, or volunteer to help with the festival.