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Sacramento Chalk Art Festival returns to Fremont Park Labor Day Weekend

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Take a stroll around Fremont Park this Labor Day weekend at the Chalk It Up! art festival, and you’ll find you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the beauty – and fun – of drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the popular event featuring over 200 sidewalk paintings by local artists who use soft chalk pastel mixed with water.

The festival runs through Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Fremont Park, 16th and Q street, is free to all ages, and offers three days of music, food, art and entertainment.

Want to join the fun and let your own creative juices flow? Sidewalk space is also available for anyone who wants to add their own artistic touch to the collection.

Sidewalk squares are sponsored by local businesses and individuals to raise grant money for children’s art education, including scholarships to the California State Summer School of the Arts, and funding for prizes for student art shows at Sacramento area schools and galleries.

All of the festival artwork is left on the sidewalks at Fremont Park throughout the month of September as the elements to take their toll.

The musical line-up at the festival includes: Zugh, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Musical Charis, Dog Party, Isaac Bear, Carly Duhain, Honyock, Parie Wood, Wrings, Sun Valley Gun Club, Cold Eskimo, Sandra Dolores, Gabriella Ruiz, 99,100, Foxtails and more.

The event will also feature local food trucks including Wicked ‘Wich, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Mama Kim On The Go, Little Rich’s Italian Ice, Senor Dog and Yolanda’s Tamales.

Kids can create their own masterpieces in the Kids Create-A-Zone, where they are led through activities by local professional artists.

For the over-21 crowd, adult beverages will be available in the shaded beer garden.

Chalk It Up is a nonprofit organization started in 1991 by volunteers from Sacramento.

Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @MelissaCorker.

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