Sarasota Chalk Festival Celebrates “10 Years of Chalk”

Hailed as the most important pavement art event in the world, The Sarasota Chalk Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary “10 Years of Chalk” November 10-13, 2017, Venice Airport Fairgrounds, on the Island of Venice, Florida. Mark your calendar for this epic event!

RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a proud Sponsor invites you to “fly high above the arts” in our “Above the Crowd” hot air balloon for $10 donation to the Chalk Festival ( wind and weather permitting).

The festival affords you a once-a-year opportunity to become an integral part of the creative process. From start to finish, you become the viewer as the largest gathering of eminent pavement artists perform using the road surface as a canvas to develop oversized masterpieces in chalk.

This performance art form, as we know it today, is thought to have originated in Italy during the 16th century. Italian artists called “madonnari,” went into remission after the Second World War. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the remaining small number of madonnari got the recognition they deserved with the start of the International Madonnari Festival in Grazie di Curtatone in Northern Italy.

Starting in 2010 and every year since, the Chalk Festival features the most 3D pavement paintings ever created in one location. Also in 2010, it became the first international pavement art festival in the USA.

The artists who create these 3D pavement paintings invite visitors during the festival to step directly onto their artwork–becoming a part of illusion in photos. These artists come up with intricate ideas that make images and the ground appear to dip inward or rise above when viewed from a particular vantage point.

In addition to the pavement artists who travel from all over the world, the festival organization invites anyone, of any skill level, to sign up as an artist and work alongside the professionals, creating their own pavement paintings. No other cultural organization mixes the most renown with beginners better than this festival, giving novice pavement and student artists a truly unique opportunity.

Other performing artists are invited to sign up and help enhance the theme. Other activities include the Pavement Music Festival, Chalk 5K Fun Run/Walk, Food Trucks, Beer Gardens, Vendors, and Family Fun Areas inspiring the young and young-at-heart to create impromptu art while visiting the festival.

Winning Sarasota Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Event in Sarasota County 2012 thru 2016 and SRQ Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best of SRQ Local 2012 – 2015, it is no surprise that during any given year, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors.

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