I’m late in attending this annual activity that started in 1991, but I made it to Chalk It Up this year. Artists claim their squares on the sidewalk that surround Fremont Park in Sacramento and create wonderful pictures.

The festival is a three-day affair on a weekend. Friday is the day the artists begin and they work through the weekend, finishing their creations on or before Sunday. Some artists had sponsors and they showed their names on the square. I’m not sure how much it cost to paint a square.

This is from their website: Chalk It Up promotes and supports Youth Arts by offering small grants to K-12 classrooms, and youth arts projects throughout the Sacramento region. We do this in large part with our annual Chalk It Up! Festival which encourages artistic expression of all kinds through a three day celebration of chalk art, live music, and regional food and craft vendors.

This year it was on Labor Day weekend (It may always be on this particular weekend!) and we chose to attend on Sunday. I was amazed at how many people were out on that last day, and how they calmly walked along the perimeter of the park. We were not allowed on the sidewalks. Some squares were finished but others were being worked on.

Once we walked around the park, we walked the sidewalks that ran through the park where there were food and craft vendors and a band. Different bands entertained throughout the weekend.

So, walk along with me! I did my photography thing while taking and processing these images. I cropped in when I wanted to show the picture and artists. While my watermark in on these as the photographer, I did not create these wonderful art pieces.

2 thoughts on “A walk in the park! Chalk It Up 2019

  1. Wow, there are some pretty good pieces there!! I wouldn’t imagine people get so creative with chalk, hehehe. Your photos remind me of Dublin: every Sunday, painters hang their works on the fence of Merrion Square Park. I loved to walk and watch the paintings, some of them were really good!!! It’s not the same as the exhibition you captured, as the painters in Merrion Square were there just to sell their work, they don’t paint anything on those Sundays… Your photos brought me one of the nicest memories I got from Dublin! 🙂


  2. Thanks Mercedes. I’m so glad I could help bring back wonderful memories. We have some talented artists in the Sacramento area. When the weather is cooler, I want to find this year’s Wide Open Wall murals. I love those.


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