The Sarasota Chalk Festival

November 8 - 10, 2024

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is a colorful and creative festival that attracts more and more artists and spectators each year.

It was begun in 2007.

With Chalk Artists from almost every state in the nation and dozens from outside the U.S., the Sarasota Chalk Fest has taken on an international flavor.

Get ready to be dazzled and amazed by the sheer amount of talent that shows up for this festival of creativity.

In 2014 the festival moved its venue from Sarasota to several locations in Venice, just south of Sarasota a few minutes by car. Venice, after all, is in Sarasota County.

In 2016 the Festival moved all of its events to the Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds, 610 Airport Avenue East, Venice, FL.

With artists from 28 countries attending in 2014, the fest was spread out over three locations; one being on Miami Avenue in historic downtown Venice, which was a wonderful setting for the street artists’ works, especially with the building facades, modeled after Venice, Italy, in the background. 

It was quite a picturesque setting on a beautiful sunlit day.

Protected by Copyscape
The Sarasota Chalk Fest in downtown Venice, FL
The Sarasota Chalk Fest moves to Venice, FL

As a nice touch, you can actually interact with the artists. And they seem to love the interaction.

Creativity on display at the Sarasota Chalk Fest
The Sarasota Chalk Fest brings out the street artists

A short walk away was another venue; the Venice Cultural Center, site of a huge paved lot, where scores more artists were dazzling, amusing and amazing spectators with their 3-D Pavement Art.

Beautiful pavement art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival

And, located at the base of the 3-D Artwork was a special 3-D viewing lens available for spectators through which to view the 3-D Pavement Artwork.

And the third location for the 2014 Festival was the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds where artists were able to turn old runways into their canvas.

The Sarasota Chalk Festival

Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida
Creativity on display at the Sarasota Chalk Fest
Scores of artists come out for the Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Sarasota Chalk Festival

One nice touch that organizers employed for the 2014 festival was that shuttle buses were used to take spectators between the downtown Venice location and the Airport Festival Grounds location.

The theme for the artists changes each year. In 2014 it was “Extinct and Endangered Species.”

The Sarasota Chalk Festival brings out the crowds

The theme of the 2016 festival was: "Love & Peace." 

Other recent year’s themes were: 2015: "Eat Drink & Be Merry," 2013: “Legacy of Valor,” honoring American Veterans and in 2012 it was “Circus City USA,” which honored Sarasota’s rich circus heritage.

When you have both national and international talent on board for a festival such as this, as a spectator, you will really see some amazing work.

I can’t draw a straight line, so it is astounding to me how many talented artists there were who attended this festival.

And like the artists, spectators are young, middle age and seniors. Everyone is welcome whether an artist or an on-looker.

3-D Art at the Sarasota Chalk Festival

In 2016 the Festival moved all of its events to the Venice Airport Festival Fairgrounds, 610 Airport Avenue East , Venice, FL.

The Sarasota Chalk Festival traditionally runs 3 - 4 days with the final day being the "Viewing Day of Completed Artwork," this after the previous evening’s Closing Awards Party. Click here for tickets and even more on this annual creative fest!

General Admission tickets: Tickets start at $5.00
Free Parking.
Festival Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Protected by Copyscape

From Sarasota Chalk Festival to November Sarasota Events

Escape-to-Sarasota-Florida Home

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Site Sponsors




Discovery Cove

Featured Pages









Looking For a Hot Time After Dinner?
Check Out Our
Sarasota Bars and Clubs Guide



What other Web Visitors are Saying....

"John, your site is excellent! I am coming home from Afghanistan in 2 weeks and discussed with my wife where to go when I get home. We looked from Winter Haven to Tarpon Springs. This site made the choice for us. You have all the information we need in a perfect format. You have set the bar very high." -- David D, Florida

"Just stumbled upon your website and thought I'd send you a shout out. The site is marvelous. My girlfriend and I are paying a visit to Sarasota. It's one thing to hear good things on the Travel Channel; it's another to hear from a real person with real opinions. Thanks for all the info!" -- Brad, Michigan, US

"I just wanted to let you know I thoroughly enjoy reading what you have to say about Sarasota and the fun things to do here. I just recently moved to Sarasota and I am still looking for things to do. I find your site to be very helpful. Thank you for all the work you put into this site, for all of us to enjoy." -- Donna P, Sarasota, FL

"Wow! What a great way to represent our community! I love your site! I can look on here and see what's happening! And we know, there is ALWAYS something happening in Sarasota!" -- Heather P, Sarasota, FL

"Very glad I found your website.....this is a great website...will use it often & let friends know about it."  -- Jayne S, Bradenton, FL

"As a visitor to Siesta Key from the UK, I would just like to say what an excellent source of information your website is. Thanks & please keep it up" -- Chris M, United Kingdom

"Thank you for a great website. Keep up the great work!" -- Carole W, Newburgh, NY

"Cool site" -- Pat W, Massachusetts