Coloring Outside the Lines: Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest

“Graffiti’s always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off.”

~ Banksy

Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest Logo

I love outdoor festivals; there’s something almost magical about gathering together on a summer night, so the idea of the Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest — a night of public art, music and free pizza — sounds like fun. And the fact someone decided to celebrate creativity through sidewalk chalk — the ultimate temporary medium — makes me smile.

Several local artists started chalking up the plaza outside the Great Northern Bicycle Company early this morning, but anyone of any age and talent level can come out between 6 p.m and 8 p.m. tonight to contribute to the sprawling public mural, listen to live music and enjoy free pizza from Spicy Pie.

Chalk Artists at Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest
McCal Johnson and Bree Reetz started chalking early this morning — photo courtesy of Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest

Maybe I’ll have to go and contribute a string of hearts, daisies and stick figures (pretty much the only things I can draw) to the mix. I think it’s good to create something a little whimsical every once in a while.

Fargo Downtown Chalk Fest
July 29

Great Northern Bicycle Company Plaza
425 Broadway North
Fargo, ND
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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