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Chalk it up: Denver Chalk Art Festival takes place June 5-6

This weekend is sponsoring the 8th Annual Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square! Come out to meet staff, other Examiners and check out all of the amazing chalk art.

More about the festival: Over a span of 48 hours, 200 professional, amateur and student artists will paint 67,000 square feet of raw pavement into re-creations of masterpieces, modern art and their own original pieces during the 8th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square. This two-day festival will transform four downtown city blocks right before art enthusiasts’ eyes, only to be washed away over night. A festival which compliments Colorado’s outdoor spirit, Denver Chalk Art Festival will also feature wine, food and music provided by the Denver Theatre District.

When: Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Larimer Square, downtown Denver. Larimer Street between Speer Blvd. and 15th Street, and 14th Street from Market to Lawrence.

What Else:
Six Featured Artists: The event showcases six madonnari (professionals in this medium); all are award-winning street painters including first place finishes in the International Street Painting Competition in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. Two of the madonnari, Stephen DeOrio and Mark Hollenbeck, are Colorado residents.

Wine Pavilions: Guests can taste their way through wines from different regions. Wine tasting punch cards are available for $15 for five tastings.

Mike’s Camera Capture the Color Contest: Amateurs and professionals alike will compete to capture the best festival moment for two roundtrip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design Youth Challenge: Some of the most talented groups of art students from Colorado schools and organizations will compete for cash prizes that will go to their respective school’s visual arts departments.

Kids’ Corner: Children and their parents can take part in this festival for a small donation and let their imaginations soar as they create their own mini masterpieces.

Awards: After all work is finished on Sunday, awards will be given in several categories at 6 p.m., including Best in Show and Best 3-D.

Admission to the event is FREE! For more information, visit




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