A full line-up of quality performances will be free to the public at the October 15-16, 2016 Kerrville Chalk Festival. Performances by Celtic Comfort, Flamenco guitar by Randy Cordero, Bluegrass and Americana from the 4 Proches, Dixieland Jazz from the Dixieland All Stars and Scottish bagpipes from Kerrville Pipe and Drum will provide entertainment in addition to the vibrant large-scale chalk art. “The music was carefully selected to compliment the art and activities at the event,” says Festival Director Katharine Boyette. “We want everyone to enjoy the music as they stroll Peterson Plaza and witness the 63 chalk art squares evolve over the weekend.”
In addition to live music and the artists at work, there will be more interactive activities for children and more food vendors this year. Face painting, balloon art and classic games such as hopscotch and marbles will be offered for youth at the Kid’s Zone in addition to an option to create a small chalk art square in their own area. Fantastical interactive photo murals where one can snap a photograph of another in the scene is currently in the planning stages as an exciting new onsite activity. There will also be guided tours of the newly renovated Schreiner Mansion and the popular Community Mural where the public will again be able to make their own small chalk art piece.
Chalk art, also known as street painting, is a temporary and interactive art form that allows crowds to observe as it evolves to its final form. The creation of a large, intricate chalk painting may take hours or days to complete, only to be gone after it is washed away or the elements degrade the work. The Kerr Arts and Cultural Center (KACC) will be featuring a special gallery exhibit, “Chalk on the Walls” in October, which will be on view during the Festival. Street artists for the Festival will show less temporary art they have created in other mediums.
“The gallery show gives the participating chalk artists an opportunity to display their more permanent work and is a meaningful way to tie the KACC with the Festival this year since our art education program has been named as the 2016 beneficiary,” remarked KACC Executive Director Debbie Minns.
The Kerrville Chalk Festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th. Thanks to corporate and individual sponsors no admission fees will be charged to attend the event although there will be small fees or donations requested for some art activities.
The number of squares is limited and at this time there are no remaining squares available although a waiting list has been created. For more information about volunteering for the Festival, or about creating a street painting with a group or as an individual at the event, go to KerrvilleChalk.org, email info@KerrvilleChalk.org, or call (830)895-5222. Visit and “friend” the Kerrville Chalk Festival Facebook page for periodic updates.