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Chalkfest 2022 returns to campus on July 23

| Denise Olson

Photo caption: The last full-scale Chalkfest event at UW-Eau Claire was in July 2019, pictured here.

For the first time since summer 2019, the campus mall sidewalks at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are set to fill with artists and onlookers alike as Chalkfest returns as a fully in-person community event from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Free and open to the public, the art festival will include a Family Fun Zone, live entertainment and food trucks along the banks of the Chippewa River. Performances booked at this time include:

Artists must be at least 12 years old to participate. See the Chalkfest website for full competition details and registration information.

Parking is free and abundant in the Hibbard or Phillips lots and across the footbridge at the Water Street or Haas Fine Arts lots. Click here for a campus map. Street parking is also available; see signage for restrictions.

Return of a longtime favorite

A popular summer event for Chippewa Valley families for many years, Chalkfest organizers and sponsors are thrilled to bring back the bright colors and creativity of life-sized drawings to the sidewalks of UW-Eau Claire, giving families the opportunity to watch large-scale art in the making.

“We are so excited Chalkfest will be back in person,” says Joann Martin, community events and engagement coordinator for Volume One, co-presenter of Chalkfest, along with Markquart Toyota and UW-Eau Claire.

“Chalkfest is all about creating art together, so having everyone back on campus again will be very special. After two years away, it’s sure to be an event that families won’t want to miss.”

For senior journalism major Anna Smith, working as an event services intern in preparation for Chalkfest has been a fun experience working on a signature campus event.

“It’s really been great to help plan on this project,” the Milwaukee native says. “Last April I worked on Viennese Ball, which was a complex indoor event. This one has been a different experience, different vibes entirely, and really fun.

“As a team, my peers and I bounce ideas off one another and learn from each other as we develop our ideas,” Smith says. “It’s been amazing to see the progress we’ve made in bringing the full-fledged Chalkfest back to campus. People are going to have a wonderful community experience — I’m so excited to see it all come together.”

Follow the Chalkfest Facebook page for updates and event-day photos and videos.