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Press Release

Fifth annual Art & Chalk Fest to take place August 20–21

Press Release June 21, 2022

Fifth annual Art & Chalk Fest to take place August 20–21

The Museum of Wisconsin Art’s free outdoor live arts festival announced for 2022

(WEST BEND, WISCONSIN—June 21, 2022) –Art & Chalk Fest, a free outdoor live arts festival returns to West Bend for its fifth annual two-day event showcasing Wisconsin art and artists. Presented by the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), Art & Chalk Fest takes place Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. The museum expects to welcome more than 20,000 visitors this year.

Situated just forty minutes north of Milwaukee, Art & Chalk Fest provides a weekend of art experiences by artists in all mediums. More than twenty professional chalk artists will transform the museum’s parking lot into a concrete canvas of ephemeral chalk masterpieces, many of which are interactive and appear three-dimensional.

Artists and artisans will demo their art-making processes and sell their original artwork including paintings, jewelry, pottery, and more. Many popular demos from 2021 will return this year such as glass blowing in a mobile hot shop, pottery throwing, and balloon sculpture. A full listing of participating artists can be found at

“Art & Chalk Fest brings together some of Wisconsin’s best artists for festivalgoers to watch their art-making process whether the medium is chalk, clay, glass, or music” said Ally Wilber, MOWA curator of public programs. “We want people to come to the event and stay awhile—to soak in the abundant creativity of the Wisconsin art community.”

An expanded 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 sponsored by Horicon Bank on Veterans Avenue which is closed to through-traffic during the event.

Festivalgoers can enjoy live music throughout the weekend surrounded by the blooming hydrangeas in the MOWA Gardens with performances that include Donna Woodall, Boom Forest, Moonglow, No Seatbelts, and Mambo Surfers. The Historic West Bend Theatre, The Bend, is offering a special supporting concert with Rosie and the Rivets on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30.

More than fifteen food trucks line the festival street from ice cream to street corn, from tacos to falafel. The festival beer garden features a selection of Lakefront Brewery beers and non-alcoholic options.

As part of the weekend events, MOWA offers free museum admission on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition on view, Tom Jones: Here We Stand, showcases more than 120 works by the Madison Ho-Chunk photographer in his first full-career retrospective.

The festival is free to the public on Saturday, August 20, 10:00–5:00 and Sunday, August 21, 10:00–4:00. Find full event details at or search #artchalkfest on social media.

Special thanks to the following event sponsors for their generous support in keeping this event free and open to the public: Travel Wisconsin, City of West Bend Tourism Commission, Horicon Bank, and Dale & Linda Kent.

Artist Peter Davidson chalks his creation at Art & Chalk Fest 2021. Courtesy of Andrea Waala