The kids are back in school, and the weather is (slowly) starting to get cooler. With Labor Day weekend around the corner, we can start kissing summer goodbye and realize that it’s finally coming to an end. Although, you may have plans for grilling up some burgers with friends and family, but if you get the chance , take an opportunity to check out one of the coolest (in my opinion) annual festivals that takes place in Downtown Sacramento – Chalk it Up!
Chalk it Up is an annual Art and Music festival that started in 1991 and has been held every Labor Day weekend at Sacramento’s Freemont Park. It’s an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and those who may be “aspiring” artists to grab some chalk and create a masterpiece along with others around the park. Chalk it Up helps to raise money to benefit the arts here in Sacramento, and many organizations will sponsor a “Square” to be seen and increase awareness of their organization. Last year there was close to 35,000 people who came out to view the art, and if you are like me, it’s a great way to get your kids exposed to art and let them get messy by “chalking up” the ground. You can expect to see lots of beautiful work, plenty of arts and crafts booths, vendors, food, live music and entertainment. This is an event that is always fun for everyone,
and this year, marks the 25th year the festival has been in Sacramento!
Chalk it Up comes to town this weekend, September 5-7 at Freemont Park 1515 Q Street in Downtown Sacramento. Parking can be tricky downtown, but one block from Chalk it UP there will be parking provided by Ace Parking at 1515 R Street (R Street between 15th and 16th streets). A portion of all parking fees collected at this location during the festival is being donated back to Chalk it Up!
So grab some sidewalk chalk and head out to Freemont Park this weekend for some fun!