Chalkfest Guidelines

What is Chalkfest?

Watch as the sidewalks of Westowne Square are transformed into a colorful display of drawings. We are looking for the community’s most imaginative artists to showcase their talents using chalk. Register as an individual or group. Artists of all abilities and talents are invited to participate.
Drawing starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m., so make sure to stop by see how your favorite artists are progressing! Prizes will be awarded for the top three drawings.

Cost to participate is $10. Each artist receives a box of 48 pastels and an assigned space. Pre-registration is required. Chalk spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up online today.

Space sizing

Individual: 46 inches by 48 inches
Group: 46 inches by 96 inches

Rules of participation

1. Participants must stay within their assigned space to create their artwork, be it square, horizontal or vertical and move around without interfering with artist/space next to theirs. The whole space does not have to be used.

2. Due to these pre-set spaces and increase in participation, we cannot guarantee co-neighbor placement requests.

3. Artwork must be appropriate for public viewing: full nudes, advertising, business logos, or political statements will NOT be accepted.


5. Marquette reserves the right to limit the number of people working on any space, with exception of those who have registered for shared spaces.

6. Non-compliance with these rules may result in removal from the event.

7. Marquette may use photos or reproductions of artworks for future advertising and media purposes.

Tips and suggestions

Wear a hat and sun block to prevent sunburn. Knee pads are strongly recommended.

Pastels will be provided in multi-colors so keep in mind if you are using a predominant color in your design you may need to purchase additional sticks in that color. Some swapping of colors with other artists may be possible. A limited supply of additional chalk will be available on site for purchase (cash only).

Chalk art examples

Chalk drawing samples