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Pasadena’s Annual Chalk Art Festival is June 17 & 18

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The Pasadena Chalk Festival, one of the area’s most popular arts attractions, celebrates its 25th anniversary on Father’s Day 2017. The chalk festival began as a small event with a humble launch in front of Pasadena City Hall in 1993.

The unique event now held at the Paseo Colorado shopping center includes 600 visual artists, the Pasadena Police classic car show, A chalk of fame and attracts tens of thousands of visitors over the two-day festival weekend.


  • Festival artists use more than 25,000 sticks of chalk during the two-day festival.
  • Artists at the festival learn to barter with others in order to get the chalk colors they need…and to make new friends!
  • Blue is the most popular color used (8,000 sticks used every year!), as it serves as the under-drawing base tint, followed closely by black and white.
  • Some muralists create their chalk paintings in about eight hours, while for some of the true masterpieces of the festival, artists utilize all 20-plus hours of daylight that the festival weekend allows.
  • The largest mural ever created at the festival featured a giant red squid – whose tentacles extended more than 20 feet. Team members wore red squid-eye t-shirts to motivate them to complete their “giant task!”



300 E Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles


June 17 & 18

10am-7pm **FREE for all ages**

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