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2022 Chalk it Up Arts and Music Festival in Downtown Sacramento

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The 32nd annual Chalk it Up! Chalk Art and Music Festival is back in downtown Sacramento.

The festival celebrates art in the community with local artists filling the sidewalks of Fremont Park with color during the three-day event. Families can watch artists bring the park to life, listen to live music from local musicians, and enjoy local crafts and food vendors.

If you’re planning on going to the festival this Labor Day weekend, here’s what to know:

When and where

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Labor Day weekend. It will be in Fremont Park on 16th and Q Streets

Free entry.

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Sacramento artist Jolene Russell creates a chalk paint on the sidewalk during the 28th annual Chalk it Up! Festival on Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif. Paul Kitagaki Jr. [email protected]

Music programming and vendors

A handful of artists perform each day of the festival, including:

Saturday

  • Rock Girls
  • pastels
  • Hall of Autumn Sky
  • Hannah Lingrell
  • Alex Walker
  • J Ross Parelli & Bru Lei

Sunday

  • River City Regiment Big Band
  • show me gold
  • Amanda and the Shy Boys
  • Jonas Matranga
  • Center offset
  • ghost town rebellion
  • Pitchers

Monday

  • DJLarry Rodriguez
  • Bellygunner
  • Freebadge Serenaders
  • Bulk motors
  • The Katz Crescent
  • Les Me Gustas
  • Denorah Klinger’s Mariachi Bonitas

The festival vendors market ranges from food, art and clothing, including face painting. You can find the vendor map on the festival website.

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Seven-year-old Evelyn Lacoste of Fair Oaks chooses chalk to finish her “Underwater Adventure” piece she is creating with her father during the Chalk It Up Chalk Festival at Fremont Park in Midtown Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. Week- End of a day, this 3-day chalk art festival features vendors, live music, food trucks, kids’ activities and chalk art from volunteer artists. Sara Nevis [email protected]

Special Features

Chalk it Up! festival will also include a beer garden, a children’s play area and a mural.

With temperatures expected in the triple digits this weekend, there will be cooling stations and a pet hydration area in the park.

Car park

According to the festival website, there will be valet parking on Q Street and a parking garage at 1515 R Street.

There will be a bike valet on the P Street side of Fremont Park.

Sacramento Regional Transit also offers free bus and light rail rides for the event, if you submit a flyer online.

Can you also make art with chalk?

If you and your kids feel inspired to see chalk artists decorating the town, you can also create your own. Sidewalk chalk will be available for people to use on the walkways inside the park.

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Hanh Truong is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. She was previously a freelance journalist, covering education and culture for PBS SoCal and music for buzzbands.la.