Denver Chalk Art Festival

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This weekend marked the 9th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square where more than 200 artists drew their elaborate pastel creations across 67,000 square feet of pavement.  This two-day event drew thousands of visitors to the center of Denver (on the hottest weekend of the year).

Rarely is there an opportunity to view the making of art with such transparency, as there are many viewers that pull up a camping chair and watch these artists at work for hours at a time.  It appears that chalk art is best observed as a performance, rather than simply looking at the final product.  Perhaps this is what motivates droves of onlookers to stand and watch in the sweltering heat.  That, and it’s a free event!  There’s even a designated area for the little-ones to display their deep insights into humanity (for a small donation).

And where would we be if I didn’t mention alcohol?  The Festival is sponsored by Blue Moon and the Breckenridge Distillery so there are plenty of adult beverages to help take your mind off the heat.  I also saw a few wine vendors if that’s more your style.

The Chalk Art Festival will continue today from 10:00am to 7:00pm with the Awards Ceremony beginning at 6:00pm.  Check out for more information.

About Sean Buchan

Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.