Heads up, artists: Sidewalk Chalk Festival on tap for May 18

Three categories of competition headline a day in the park


The fourth annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival will take place Saturday, May 18 at The Park at Briar Chapel, 1015 Andrews Store Road in Pittsboro.

Chalk creations from amateur and professional artists will be on display for an evening featuring food trucks, art activities and vendors, yard games, face painting, popcorn and a Movie in the Park.

Drawing and activities start at 5:30 p.m., judging and awards begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Movie in the Park — Barbie — will begin at 8:30 p.m. Families are invited to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and enjoy a movie under the stars.

“We enjoy having the opportunity to celebrate the art community in Chatham County and bring people together in this way,” said Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Burnett, in a press release.

The competition will feature three categories: Family (group with kids 12 and under); Teen (ages 13–17); and Adult (ages 18+); plus a crowd pleaser award.

Artists are asked to pre-register online at chathamcountync.gov/parks-rec, with registration also available on the day. A tabletop drawing option is available for those who are not able to draw on the ground.