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Chalk the Block Returns to Downtown El Paso Friday

The 11th annual Chalk the Block (CTB) Public Art Festival returns to Downtown El Paos, starting Friday, October 12 and running through Sunday, October 14.

Each year, the free family-friendly event brings more than 40,000 people to downtown El Paso to enjoy a sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art pieces, street performances, live music stage, local art and food vendors, free art activities at the El Paso Museums of Art and History, a kids zone and more.

Festival Schedule:

  • Friday, October 12, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., visitors can see Chalk the Block artists get a head start on their masterpieces and preview of some of the large art pieces. This year there will be two Food Truck Gardens open throughout the festival.
  • Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Events include the GECU Kids Zone, live music and activities. The Downtown Art and Farmer’s Market will be closed during Chalk the Block, but you may visit some of the selected Market Vendors.
  • Sunday, October 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the GECU Kids Zone, music and art activities.

According to city officials, this festival “creates a significant economic impact, with a projected $1.2 million pumped into the local economy over the CTB weekend.”

Fort Bliss MWR will be providing a free shuttle service for military families on Saturday between Fort Bliss and the festival. The shuttle will run from the Replica Youth Center on Sheridan and drop off behind the El Paso Museum of Art starting at 11 a.m.

The last shuttle will leave downtown at 6 p.m.

The annual event is presented by the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation.

CTB 11 has been generously sponsored by GECU, The Hunt Family Foundation, Chase Bank, El Paso Forward, El Paso Electric, AARP, Lasik Vision Center, Metro PCS, Interextreme, the El Paso Community Foundation, City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information about Chalk the Block, call 212-0110 or visit the website. A complete event guide is available on the Visit El Paso app, downloadable online.

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