Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes
During Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, talented artists from around the world pour into Minneapolis Northwest to transform Main Street at Arbor Lakes into one of the largest street art festivals in the Midwest. Join the fun as this year's event goes virtual to ensure everyone can enjoy the art while feeling safe. Artists begin their artistic process on Saturday and finish their masterpieces on Sunday. Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes will also feature an in-person Mural Project with 12 large murals scattered throughout Maple Grove.
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes Goes Virtual!
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is back for its fifth year with a different kind of art experience - virtual! Tune in to this street art festival to watch supremely talented artists as they progress on their work around Main Street in Maple Grove. Here is everything you need to know!
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30, artists will create their chalk masterpieces - everything from classic portraits and humorous scenes, to your favorite pop culture characters and whacky 3D creations. Watch with your family and check-in throughout the day to see the progress unfold, and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Can you believe Carlos Alberto and his brilliant sea turtle and fish? He won the People's Choice Award in 2018!
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is also planning a Mural Project that will feature 12 large murals scattered throughout Maple Grove. A location list will soon be available, so you can tour the murals at your own pace. The Mural Project will run Aug. 15 through Sept. 30. Make a point to visit them all this fall!
With Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes going virtual this year, anyone in the country and world can view these stunning art pieces. And don't be surprised if you're inspired create a chalk masterpiece of your own on your driveway or sidewalk! Head to the Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes webpage and Facebook page to follow the action. Further details coming soon.
Plan Ahead for Chalkfest 2021
Mark your calendars and set your countdown clocks for an unforgettable in-person experience at the sixth annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, June 2021! This FREE event offers lots of family fun, such as bean bag toss, hula-hooping, designated chalking areas for kids, and of course, lots of fun photo ops. Chalkfest also welcomes furry four-legged family members, so feel free to bring your whole crew with you for a fun day in the sun!
Fun for All Ages
Take a look at some of the other wonderful chalk art pieces from previous year and just imagine what it's like seeing these works of art up close and in personal. Inspiring and engaging for people of all ages, Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is a summer event not to be missed!
Artists enjoy talking about their work and are happy to converse and answer any questions you have as they finish their projects. In 2021, be sure to take lots of photos, because after 5 p.m. on Sunday, everything is washed away by power sprayers!
Where to Eat and Drink
You'll probably work up an appetite during Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, and the event will feature several food trucks and stands for convient grab-and-go options. But Main Street in Maple Gove is also "chalk" full of places to eat, drink and enjoy time relaxing outside. Popular quick eats along the street include Five Guys, Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, Leeann Chin and Noodles & Company. Several fantastic full service restaurants nearby include:
- Sawatdee - serves fresh, authentic food from Thailand and features live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
- 3 Squares Restaurant - serving a twist on American classics and a delicious breakfast and brunch menu; outdoor dog-friendly patio available
- Claddagh Irish Pub - serves traditional Irish food and features live music on the weekends; outdoor patio available
- CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar - classic dishes and a full seafood and sushi menu; lower level and rooftop patios available
History of Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes' Artist-in-Residence Shawn McCann helped start the event in 2016, after years of participating in chalk art festivals around the country. He knew the Twin Cities, with its great appreciation of arts and culture, would be a perfect spot for a large chalk art event. Shawn was one of 14 artists handpicked to participate in the March 2018 Dubai Canvas 3D Art Festival, one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world. He and other artists part of Dubai Canvas will be at Chalkfest this year, and you won't want to miss what their imaginations and talents come up with.
Even though this year's Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes looks a little different, we still want to see how your family is enjoying the event. Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WeLoveMNW. You may be featured on our website!