The Denver Chalk Art Festival (DCAF) is a two-day wonder of talented artists showing off what they can do on the pavement, accompanied by other fun activities. On June 2nd and 3rd, Larimer Square downtown becomes a colorful place, the streets lined with squares of chalk drawings by over 200 artists: students, amateurs, and professionals. Anybody can rent a square of pavement beforehand and come to show off their skills with chalk. The art style ranges from realistic to metaphorical, from fiction to abstract. One of the best parts of the festival is that the art created there is all from people like you, Colorado citizens. Anyone can participate, from high schoolers to professional artists. You get to see the work put into detailed art, and what methods and techniques real artists use. Onlookers are encouraged to talk to the artists to learn more about their art, and how they make it.
There is also a section of sidewalk open to kids who want to try out drawing with chalk. This is a totally free event, but you can purchase things there, so bring money. Warning: DCAF merch is expensive.This festival isn’t just about chalk, though. It’s about connecting with fellow citizens, and realizing that the people around you can do really cool things. Also at the festival were other attractions, such as a band playing live music, face painting and henna artists, bungee jumping for kids, and food vendors. The surrounding shops on Larimer Square are open as well, though they are pretty crowded when the Chalk Art Festival rolls around. This event uses variety and creativity to be appealing to the public, and honestly, the festival really lives up to expectations. The whole family can expect to have fun here, as there are lots of things for all ages. A child would enjoy the section for kids to try chalk drawings, and also the bungee jumping. An adult might like the spirits tent, or the live 80s music being played. Really, this event caters to everyone.
It does get a little crowded -actually, a lot crowded- and sometimes it’s hard to see the art because of all the people crowding it. This can be frustrating, but coming to see the chalk art is still totally worth it. For people who would like to see the final artwork instead of the process of its creation, I would recommend going on the second day. The artists start working on the first day, so if you go then you won’t get to see the finished product.