The 7th Annual Chalk Festival

Held on the Saturday of the Arts and Acts Festival, artists of all ages are invited to transform the streets of Downtown Northville into a checkered pattern of color and imagination at the Chalk Festival.


Saturday, June 22, 10 am to 4 pm

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You can participate as an artist or just walk, view, and experience a variety of chalk art at your feet. Last year, over 120 chalk artists participated.

Registration is required. The fee is per sidewalk square and includes chalk. See below for official rules.

Online Registration: Cost $4; Currently closed.

On-site Registration: Cost $6; Opens with the Festival on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 3 pm through Saturday, June 22 at 3 pm or until all spots are filled. On-site registration is  located at the Chalk Festival tent at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street.

Festival Rules: Participants create their work in a designated sidewalk square.

The Northville Art House will provide one box or bag of chalk to each participant or group of artists.  Participants may bring their own chalk, brushes or water. All chalk must be water-based.  No spray fixatives may be used.

The numbered squares will be assigned randomly and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some squares may have cracks or texture variations.  Make the most of these ‘imperfections’!

Rain-day: If it rains on Saturday, June 20, the alternative day will be Sunday, June 21.

Check-in for pre-registered and to be registered participants takes place at the Chalk Festival tent at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street beginning at 10 am on Saturday, June 20. You must register in order to participate.

Judging:  Awards will be determined by the festival-goers!  Voting takes place online between 4pm June 21 and 5pm June 22. Cast your vote and see the winners of your favorite Square on our Facebook page! Winners will be announced on Facebook and the Northville Art House website on Monday following the Festival.

Additional Rules:

  • Drawings must remain within the designated square.
  • Drawings on buildings, trees, or any other surface are strictly prohibited.
  • Artwork containing nudity, profanity, or content deemed inappropriate by the festival committee will be removed. and the artist will be disqualified from the contest.
  • The use of flammable or offensive odors is not be allowed.
  • Festival officials can disqualify artists for failure to adhere to any of the above guidelines.

Thank you for supporting the Northville Art House.