Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.
2022 Chalk Festival
September 10 and 11, 2022
12:00–5:00 p.m., rain or shine
Parking in the CMA garage: nonmembers $14; members $7
Chalk Your Own Pictures
Sidewalk square and 12-color box of chalk, $10 each
Drop-in registration. No reservations will be taken.
Featured Chalk Artists
Oliver C. St. Clair
Music in the Garden
Saturday, September 10: Ropa Vieja
Sunday, September 11: The Baker’s Basement
Community Participatory Chalk Drawing!
All are invited to help create a community masterpiece. Free to participate.
Free Family Chalk Art Workshops at the Community Arts Center
Saturday, September 3, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Take your chalk drawing to the next level by learning simple chalking techniques from professional chalk artist Hector Castellanos-Lara. Free drop-in workshop at the CAC.
Join our Chalk Party at Pivot!
Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Community Arts Center (2937 West 25th Street)
Community Arts Center
2937 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113 (free parking on Castle Avenue)
Led by artists, learn some easy chalk art techniques that take your art to the next level.
Free, drop in. Check in at the Community Arts Center for supplies and instruction.
Stay for FREE Open Studios at the CAC!