September 20-21 ArtSplash Chalk Art Festival

This two-day classic in Carlsbad, California is an arts adventure for people of all ages, featuring an array of art-making, art-viewing, and art-buying opportunities, along with music, entertainment and food! You’ll witness amazing chalk art, sand sculptures, a musical robotic giraffe, face painting, jugglers, a ferris wheel, balloon man, and other engaging street entertainers at the 6th annual ArtSplash.  In keeping with ArtSplash’s community focus, admission, parking, music and entertainment are FREE!

When:  Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), September 20-21, 2008

Where: Armada Drive in Carlsbad, overlooking the blue Pacific between the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and the Gemological Institute of America. Click here for driving directions from the Inland Empire.

Mission:  To raise funds in support of arts and music programs for North San Diego County schools.

Chalk art represents a beautiful paradox. It is both ephemeral and enduring. Drawn upon the street, it vanishes with the first rainfall. Yet this transitory art form dates back to the 16th century when itinerant street painters in Italy rendered images of the Madonna and so came to be known as Madonnari. As the craft evolved, these free-spirited artists traveled from festival to festival, using colored chalk to create images on sidewalks and public squares, living on donations and commissions. ArtSplash is proud to continue and celebrate this colorful tradition of visual street poetry. For more information, please visit

For more things to do while you are visiting, contact the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-227-5722.

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