4,000 Murals Later…

Jun 11, 2017

The Pasadena Chalk Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary during this annual event on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18.

Over 600 artists descend upon Pasadena to create 200 chalk murals—in every style imaginable.

Watch artists work, listen to live music, and take the kids to Chalkland. Plenty of eateries are within mere steps (and shopping if need be) as the Chalk Festival is located in the heart of the large Paseo Colorado courtyard.

The art of street painting is centuries old. In fact, it dates back to the 16th century when soldiers returning from battle gave homage to the Madonna in front of local churches. Consequently, the name “Madonnari,” or street artist, became popularized. After World War II, itinerant artists made a living drawing masterpieces on the boulevards and plazas throughout Europe.

The Pasadena Chalk Festival continues to benefit the arts and learning programs of Light Bringer Project. 
Light Bringer Project, organizing nonprofit



All photos courtesy of Light Bringer Project.




The first chalk festival—in 1993—was called “Chalk It Up” and 150 chalk artists participated.




Initially, the Chalk Festival was held at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall and for a split second—2001—the festival actually re-located to Miami Beach, before returning in 2002.




In 2004, the Chalk Festival moved to its current home, Paseo Colorado and in 2005 had over 75,000 visitors.




In 2010, the Pasadena Chalk Festival made a Guiness World Record for the “Largest Display of Chalk Pavement Art.”



25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101
Free for all ages
For special program, visit Festival Info
For all details, visit





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