Arts Festival in Wisconsin

Art & Chalk Fest 2023

Save the Date: August 19–20, 2023

2022 People’s Choice Winners

With just ten votes separating the top three artists, we decided we couldn’t limit to just one. Below are the top three People’s Choice Winners for 2022 Art & Chalk Fest

Peter Davidson

Sam Wanner

Erik Greenawalt

2022 Chalk Artists

2021 Chalk Artist Kaylee Goodman

Chalk Art Creations

Art & Chalk Fest brings together a diverse pool of creatives in celebration. For two jam-packed days, live art will animate the museum grounds.

Chalk artists will render amazing large-scale compositions on a 10 x 10 foot parcel of pavement. Stop back throughout the two days to see the creations come to life from initial sketches to full-blown ephemeral works of art.

Meet the 2022 Chalk Artists
Peter Davidson | K. Dyble Thompson | Annmarie Geniusz | Kaylee Goodman | Erik Greenawalt | Shelley Heath | Carli Ihde | Julie Jilek | Kinsley Kohls | Chris Monaghan | Elizabeth Niemczyk | Craig & Jamie Rogers | John Soukup | Craig Thomas | Elizabeth Thomas | Sam Wanner | Emily Willey | Kimberly Wood

Art Demos + Vendors

Live Arts All Weekend Long

Designed to shine a spotlight on the state’s art and artists, Art & Chalk Fest invites artists to demo their art-making process and sell their original artwork.

Wander the museum grounds and explore live arts—fine artists will offer live demonstrations in glass blowing, pottery throwing, and more. Artisans working with flowers and papermaking will surprise with their unconventional creations available for purchase. And kids will flock to the face painting and balloon sculpture artists.

2022 Artist Demos + Artist Booths
Balloon Sculptures by Half Twisted Half Knot | Caricatures by Bernie Tennis | Connor O’Brien GlassDanielle Attoe Art Jewelry | Diana’s Snazzy Face PaintingDot Spransy | Flower Crowns by Vagabond Fleurs | Gabor Wood Works | Glass Blowing Demos by Cross Plains Glass Collective | Hemp Papermaking Demos with Matthew Presutti | Hidden Roots Studio | Kayleigh Idilko | Kimberly Burnett | Knitted Sculptures by Martha LundLiving Statue Performances by Alice Wilson | Paloma Wilder Handmade Fine Jewelry | Peppered Fox Studios  | Pottery + Ceramics Demos by Kate Salas | Printmaking Demos by Anchor Press Paper and Print | Sable Jewelry Design | Savas Fine Art | Silvergraphic Co. Tin Type Photos | Stacey Burkhart | T is for Textile | Tom Pscheid | UNEARTH by Zak Husz | Victoria Rubinstein Ceramics

Music & Entertainment

Nonstop Live Music + Entertainment

Art & Chalk Fest features a fantastic lineup of live music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Sit back and enjoy live music all weekend long surrounded by the blooming hydrangeas in the MOWA Gardens.

2022 Musical Acts
Boom Forest | Donna Woodall | Fox and Branch | Little Miss Ann | Mambo Surfers | Moonglow (shown left) | No Seatbelts | The Peter Alt Group


Keep the fun going after hours on Saturday, August 20 with a special concert at The Bend with Rosie and the Rivets. Get tickets




Saturday, August 20
10:00 Fox and Branch (Family Activity Zone)
11:00 No Seatbelts
1:00 Boom Forest
2:00 Salsabrositas (Family Activity Zone)
3:00 Moonglow

Sunday, August 21
10:00 Little Miss Ann (Family Activity Zone)
11:00 Mambo Surfers
1:00 Donna Woodall
3:00 The Peter Alt Group

Food Trucks & Beer Garden

Food Trucks and Beer Gardens

Art & Chalk Fest features a selection of quality Wisconsin food and craft beer vendors.

Beer Garden
Enjoy the festival beer garden featuring a selection of Lakefront Brewery beer. Red and white sangria and non-alcoholic beverages (soda and water) will also be available.

Art & Chalk Fest attendees age 21+ must provide a photo I.D. to request a wrist band at the beer garden to purchase beer and sangria. Alcohol is not permitted outside the festival grounds.

Food Trucks
Chillwaukee Pops | Falafel Guys  | Laughing Mountain Popcorn | Nosh Nook | Pork in the Road | Purple Door Ice Cream | Rise and Shine Food Bus | Rose Gold’s Bistro

Family Activity Zone

Family friendly activities

The Family Activity Zone offers a space for kids of all ages to ignite creativity with interactive performances, art-making projects, and a community chalking area.

Grab a free pack of chalk courtesy of Horicon Bank then chalk the street to leave your mark on the festival!  Stop by the family stage to enjoy interactive children’s musical acts and performances throughout the day such as Salsabrositas—Milwaukee’s youngest latin dance team. Free art activities provide a creative outlet for families while the balloon artist and face painter offer a kid-friendly memento for the weekend.

Saturday, August 20 Sunday, August 21
10:00 Fox and Branch 10:00 Little Miss Ann
12:00 Magician 12:00 Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (Quartet)
2:00 Salsabrositas


Learn the basics of creating chalk art with a youth workshop on Friday, August 19.  Register

Volunteer at Art & Chalk Fest!

It takes the extraordinary efforts of volunteers, staff, and community members to make an event like Art & Chalk Fest possible. Volunteering is easy and fun, and we want you!

Here’s what you get: Free event t-shirt, Unlimited high-fives, and the rewarding feeling of making a difference

Sign Up to Volunteer

—Special Thanks to the 2022 Sponsors—



205 Veterans Avenue
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 334-9638

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Saturday, August 20: 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday, August 21:

Monday, August 22: 9:00am Chalk Send Off with the West Bend Fire Department


Free festival and museum admission—come back again and again all weekend long!


Free public parking available on street and in public lots

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  • Wheelchair Accessible*
  • Stroller Accessible
  • Ramps & Electronic Doors

*Limited availability Wed–Sun: 9:30am–4:00pm

Pet Policy

We love your pets, but please keep them safe and cool at home.

*Leashed service animals are always welcome