New Haven Chalk Art Festival to be held Oct. 19

A man and a young girl displaying chalk art on a sidewalk.
Two artists with their creation at last year’s Chalk Art Festival.

Some city sidewalks will become temporary works of art during the fourth annual New Haven Chalk Art Festival, taking place noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 (rain date: Oct. 20).

The festival will bring together children, amateur and professional artists, and artist groups to create chalk masterpieces, while competing for prizes in different categories. It will be held on Broadway Island, across from Apple and J.Crew, and on the patio in front of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

Categories include teens (13-17 years old), adults (18 years or older), and adult groups (two or more artists with at least one individual age 18 years or older). Winners will be chosen by a representative from Paier College of Art and by a People’s Choice voting system. Everyone who votes will automatically be entered to win a $100 gift card to South Bay Restaurant. Artists are encouraged to use a “fall theme.”

Prizes will include a $1,000 gift card to Hull’s Art Supply and Framing, a $500 gift card to L.L. Bean and a $250 gift card to Patagonia. First place in each People’s Choice Awards category will receive a $100 gift card to J.Crew or Patagonia; second place in each category will receive a $50 gift card to a restaurant at The Shops at Yale; and third place will receive a $25 gift card to Ashley’s Ice Cream.

The festival will also feature a Kids Freestyle Zone with a free box of sidewalk chalk for the first 150 participants, live entertainment from local musicians, a roaming magician, free face painting, and craft activities on Broadway.

There is no cost to participate or to attend the event. Free parking is available for the first 200 contestants and spectators at the 150 York Street Garage, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees should show their parking ticket from the garage to the staff at The Shops at Yale tent on Broadway Island during the event for a free validation stamp.

Registration is required by the end of day on Friday, Oct. 18.

The New Haven Chalk Festival is sponsored by The Shops at Yale, an organization of merchants from the Chapel Historic and Broadway districts. Yale University Properties manages Yale University’s commercial properties, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units, in New Haven.

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