Chalk It Up is a 501(c)3 non-profit established in 1991 that promotes and supports Youth Arts by offering small grants to K-12 classrooms, and youth arts projects throughout the Sacramento region.

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PO Box 162744
Sacramento CA 95816

(916) 234-0407


(916) 234-0407


PO Box 162744
Sacramento CA 95816


All donations go directly towards Chalk It Up’s mission to support the next generation of Sacramento artists. Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.


Chalk It Up! Festival


The 34th Annual Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival is Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 31 – September 2, 2024, 10 am – 6 pm, at Fremont Park, 1515 Q Street, Midtown Sacramento.

Chalk It Up was first established in 1991 through the hard work of local artists and community art supporters. Now in its 34th year, the Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival is a celebration of our region’s arts and artists.  Over the 3-day festival hundreds of artists, musicians, local craft and food vendors, and volunteers, with the financial support of donors and sponsors, join hands to provide this fun – and FREE – festival,  promoting community pride, civic participation, and social connection.  

Artist Clifton Gold created this “Silly Sloth” chalk art mural for the 2023 Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival with help from Jordan and Cameron (pictured on the right).  With the artist’s permission, we are using his Silly Sloth as our 2024 Chalk It Up festival icon!  We will see this sloth on our posters, signage, and t-shirts at the festival.  Thank you, Clif!




  • Admission to Chalk It Up is Free.
  • Fremont Park is a full city block, between 15th and 16th, and P and Q Streets, in Midtown, Sacramento.  It’s one of Midtown’s most beautiful parks, with plenty of grass and big ol’ trees providing lots of shade. There is a wonderful playground for the kiddos with swings and climbing things.  Feel free to bring a picnic blanket or camp chairs to make a day of it!
  • Artists will begin their Chalk Art Murals on the sidewalks around Fremont Park either Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning and work on them over the following three days until their masterpieces are completed. Artists must complete their work by Noon on Monday.
  • The festival activities inside the park – music, vendors, etc. – open at 10:00 am and close at 6 pm on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Labor Day Weekend.
  • There will be live local music on the Chalk It Up Stage each day.  The Chalk It Up Stage is under one of the big ol’ trees on the P Street side of the park, and there is ample lawn space for dancers and lots of shade.  You are welcome to bring your camp chairs or picnic blankets. The Chalk It Up Drinks Tent is a 21-and-over space offering local beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic options, and offers excellent views of the stage.
  • Be sure to hit up the best selfie spot in the park, the Chalk Art Wall.
  • Local food trucks and food vendors will have all of your festival favorites, from healthy options to frozen treats.  We have a shaded picnic area with tables and chairs for you to take a load off and enjoy your meal.
  • Artists, makers, and local small businesses will be set up to sell in their vendor booths throughout the park – support your local small, independent business by getting a head start on your holiday shopping lists!
  • The Chalk It Up Drinks Tent is the place where our 21 and over guests (ID’s required) can enjoy refreshments from some of our best local drinks businesses.  There are lots of tables and chairs, a big shaded tent with fans, and a great view of the stage.
  • Kids can visit the Chalk It Up Information Booth to pick up some free sidewalk chalk so that they can Chalk It Up on the interior sidewalks of the park.
  • Bring your water bottles!  Water refill stations are offering complimentary filtered, chilled water all day long are provided.
  • The Chalk It Up Merch Tent is where you can purchase tickets for beverages in the Drinks Tent, as well as premium sidewalk chalk, Chalk It Up t-shirts, and more.  You can also learn more about our programs and make donations.
  • Street parking is very limited.  The S+P Parking Lot at 15th and R Streets is just one block away.
  • Sac RT is offers bus and light-rail transportation.
  • Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will provide complimentary Bike Valet Parking.
  • The Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps will be there offering first aid support, and their cooling tent for anyone who feels overheated.

For 34 years we have kept this festival free for the community because of the volunteer artists, volunteer musicians, volunteer workers, donors, and sponsors. It takes a village!  By attending the festival, sponsoring a chalk artist, making a donation, patronizing the vendors and the drinks tent, or buying a Chalk It Up t-shirt, you are helping us to keep this Sacramento tradition alive!  Contact us if you’d like to learn more or get involved.

THANK YOU to our 2023 Sponsors!

  • Taco Bell Cantina
  • Dignity Health
  • Sacramento County Regional Parks
  • Sutter Health
  • I Heart Media
  • SMUD
  • Clean California
  • Waste Management

an image of two men making a chalk mural on the sidewalk togethera man in a blue shirt and shorts sitting with legs crossed on the ground while working on a large colorful chalk mural on the sidewalk



The Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival is a three-day celebration of local artists and the arts community — one of the last of the free, family-friendly festivals in Midtown Sacramento.

Since 1991, we have hosted a safe and clean festival at Fremont Park at 16th & Q Streets in Midtown Sacramento where the community can listen to live local musicians, patronize local craft, maker, and food vendors in the marketplace, and watch local artists turn the sidewalks around Fremont Park into colorful works of art. This is part performance art, as the artists are creating the work during the festival.

Community members come from throughout the greater Sacramento Valley region several times over the 3-day weekend to watch the art work come to life. Kids of all ages are inspired after a walk around the outside of the park to admire the work of these professional artists, so we supply buckets of sidewalk chalk for folks to use to experiment on the interior walkways of the park. The Chalk It Up Festival is a Sacramento tradition, a gift to the community, and we’ve kept it 100 percent free to the public for over 32 years.


Street painting, using chalk as the medium, is an Italian tradition that is believed to have begun during the 16th century. It is called “Madonnari” because of their practice of reproducing the image of the Madonna (Our Lady). The early Italian street painters were travelers who would arrive in small towns and villages for Catholic religious festivals and transform the streets and public squares into temporary galleries for their works of art. The Chalk It Up Festival honors this tradition and celebrates the transient beauty of this medium.

a woman in a chalk it up shirt on the shoulders of a man with a beard as they walk around the chalk it up festival