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Saturday, July 29, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Chalkfest is a day-long firestorm of creativity and positive community energy, culminating in over a quarter mile of sidewalk space displaying amazing chalk artwork! Created by Volume One, this event is hosted on the beautiful UW-Eau Claire campus along the Chippewa River. Chalkfest is one of the most highlight anticipated events of the summer and it's a free urban art festival with tons of family-friendly fun! 

2022 Winners
Chalkfest 2022 Winners


Jury Prize: Angela Clark (74)

Honorable Mention: Emily Pickhardt (156)


Jury Prize: Olivia Morning (87)

Honorable Mention: Elora Paine (191)


Jury Prize: The Lambrechts (118)

Honorable Mention: Augusta HS Art Club (64)

Audience Choice

Trey King (166)

Honorable Mention: Alejandro Itehua (30)

Tentative Events Schedule
Saturday, July 30

7am-10am: Artist check-in and artwork begins

11am-6pm: Art is open to the public. Music, food and games will be on the campus mall. Audience Choice voting begins


Chalkfest Map 2022
Map of Chalkfest


How it works

Sidewalk Square Sizes


During the registration process, the squares are listed as numbers only. This document includes the exact sizes of each square by corresponding number.

Chalkfest Square Sizes


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  • Artist Details

    Saturday from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Registration Tent. We’ll provide registration materials and show you your assigned space.

    You may not register or begin chalking before 7 a.m. This is to ensure all artists are judged fairly.

    General suggestions
      • Be Ready | Completing a drawing can be physically challenging depending on the complexity and size. Be ready to work hard and consider using friends as help!
      • Protect Yourself | Wear a hat and sunblock to prevent sunburn.
      • Focus on comfort | Knee pads are strongly recommended, and old pillows or other comfort devices are also encouraged. Perhaps a folding yard chair.
      • Consider Extra Chalk | Pastels will be provided for those who choose the $30 square, however if you are using a predominant color in your design you may want to purchase that color before the festival. Some swapping of colors with other artists may be possible. Additionally, we will have some pastels available for sale on site (cash only).
    Rules + guidelines
      • Artists must be at least twelve (12) years old to participate.
      • Artwork must be appropriate for public viewing. Nudes, advertising or overt political statements are not allowed.
      • Oil pastels are not allowed.
      • Artists must stay within space provided, though the whole space does not have to be used.
      • Non-compliance with these rules may result in removal from the festival.
      • Chalkfest organizers may use photos or reproductions of your artwork for future advertising and media purposes.
    Artists Lounge

    We will have an artists lounge located in Centennial Hall for you to take a break from the sun. Refreshments will be provided at no cost. 


    It is the artist's responsibility to bring materials to cover their drawings and to weigh down the materials so they don't blow away. In case of severe weather, the festival will be cancelled and refunds will not be available due to costs incurred by Chalkfest.


    Artist FAQs
    How do I register to draw?

    Click here to register. 

    How much is registration?

    Registration fees for 2022 are: $35 which includes a concrete square, 48 box of colored chalk, 1-chalkfest branded cooling towel, 1 pair of gloves &
    blending sponge or $20 for just the concrete square.

    Where can I park?

    Parking is available behind the Davies Student Center and Hibbard Hall. Click here for further parking and transportation details

    When will judging begin?

    4pm – 6pm Judges 

    11am-6pm Audience Favorite voting 

    What categories can we be judged on? 

    Group Awards: 

    Group Jury Award 

    Group Honorable Mention 

    Audience Choice 

    Audience Choice Honorable Mention 

    Individual Awards

    Adult Individual Jury Award 

    Adult Individual Honorable Mention 

    Youth Individual Jury Award 

    Youth Individual Honorable Mention

    Can I bring a tent for shade? 

    Yes! However, to ensure there is no damage to our campus mall, we ask everyone either uses sandbags or small weights for tent stabilization. No stakes please!

    Where are the restrooms? 

    Closest bathrooms to artists and attendees the day of Chalkfest will be inside Centennial Hall.

    Available for purchase at Chalkfest
    Artist Supply Pricing (quantities limited)

    Extra Pastels - 50¢

    Extra Sponges - 50¢

    Extra Gloves - 50¢

    3 Black & 3 White Sets - $3

    6 Black Set - $3

    12 Pastel Set - $7

    24 Pastel Set - $10

    48 Pastel Set - $16



    Amazing Art

    The UW-Eau Claire campus is covered with several large sidewalks where registered artists of all ages from throughout the community will create elaborate, large-scale chalk artwork. Throughout the day, artists will create their work as thousands of visitors watch their drawings come to life. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to reserve a spot. 

    Family Fun

    Visit our Family Fun Zone for activities for the whole family! Enjoy the sweet sounds of local musicians in the Outdoor Amphitheater. 


    Live Music

    Fantastic Food

    We feature some of the best food trucks in the Chippewa Valley. 


    Interested in volunteering at Chalkfest?
    It's an awesome way to get involved with a fun, community event and check out some great local art! We have shifts from 7am-6pm and they vary from registration tent help to chalk sales assistant to handing out programs.

    Volunteer opportunities will be announced in June. 


    Before you come

    What time does Chalkfest start and end?

    Chalkfest is open to the public at 11 a.m. and activities end around 7 p.m.

    Where is Chalkfest held?

    Chalkfest is held on the UW-Eau Claire lower campus mall.

    Where can I park?

    Parking is available free and readily available in the Hibbard or Phillips Lot and across the footbridge at the Water Street or Haas Fine Arts Lots. Click here for a campus map. Additional parking can be found on the street. 

    Become a sponsor

    Chalkfest attracts thousands of people from the Chippewa Valley and beyond, and is covered widely in local and regional media. Sponsors are recognized through extensive local advertising, on social media and at the event. Contact us to learn more about joining us as a sponsor!

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