Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes
September 4-6, 2021
Saturday - Monday, September 4 - 6, 2021
During Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, talented artists from around the world pour into Minneapolis Northwest to transform Arbor Lakes into one of the largest street art festivals in the Midwest. Join the fun during this year's special Labor Day Weekend event combines in-person and virtual components 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 large murals scattered throughout Maple Grove.
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is back for its sixth year with both in-person and virtual components. 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, September 4 and 5, 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.
Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes is also bringing back its Mural Project that will feature large murals scattered throughout Maple Grove, including The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes and The Fountains at Arbor Lakes. A location map will be available, so you can tour the murals at your own pace.
With Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes having a virtual aspect 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.
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. Past years have included extra activities for kids and families, such as bean bag toss, raffles and a public chalking area.
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 Monday, everything is washed away by power sprayers!
Where to Eat and Drink
You'll probably work up an appetite during Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes. Traditionally, the event features several food trucks and stands for convenient 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 take-out along the street includes Five Guys, Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery, Leeann Chin and Noodles & Company. Several fantastic full service restaurants nearby include:
- 3 Squares Restaurant - serving a twist on American classics and a delicious breakfast and brunch menu; outdoor dog-friendly 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.