June 22 & 23, 2024 – Downtown Wausau

The ChalkFest event transforms The 400 Block sidewalks into a colorful display of drawings. Since 2004, this annual art festival has showcased artists of all ages and wowed art enthusiasts who observe the creation process and enjoy the finish art.

2024 event is SOLD OUT! 

Participant Information

Participants for ChalkFest Wausau must be 12 years of age and older. Those 11 and under are encouraged to be a part of a group space or to join in the Children’s ChalkFest (info below).
Saturday, June 22 from 8 AM to 8 PM

  • Registered participant check-in from 8 – 11am at the registration tent on the 400 Block.
  • Organizers will provide you with registration materials and confirm space assignment.
  •  For a late check in request, email in advance to hold the space past 11am on Saturday.

Reserved spaces not checked in by 11 am and without a late check-in request will be released at noon on Saturday.

Sunday, June 23, from 8 AM to 4 PM
●      Artists continue working on space 
●      Participant judging 1:00 – 3:00 pm. 
●      ChalkFest award ceremony begins at 4:00 pm


Opens May 1st at 9PM

Cost to participate is $25. Each artist receives a box of 48 pastels and an assigned space. Pre-registration is required. Chalk spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis.  No cancellations or refunds.

●      SMALL – (4’ x 4’ to 4’ x 6’)
●      MEDIUM – (5’ x 6’ to 6’ x 7’)
●      LARGE – (6’ x 7’ to 7’ x 9’)  
Space sizes are determined by the sidewalk seams.  There are 26 different sizes in various quantities.  The spaces are shown with the ranges of size in each. The largest size spaces may contain one or more lines. Due to these pre-set spaces and increase in participation, we cannot guarantee co-neighbor placement requests.

Rules of Participation

1.  Participants must be 12 years of age or older. Those 11 and under are encouraged to be a part of a group space or to join in the Children’s ChalkFest area and must be supervised by a parent/guardian.
2.  Participants must stay within their assigned space to create their artwork, be it square, horizontal or vertical and move around without interfering with the artist/space next to theirs. The whole space does not have to be used. Please keep your area tidy and clean up before you leave.
3. Artwork must be appropriate for public viewing. Full nudes, advertising, business, school, political logos, political statements/symbols, or religious proselytizing of any kind are NOT permitted.
​4.  NO OIL PASTELS, OIL PAINTS, GLITTER OR FIXATIVES ALLOWED!  If it’s not the approved chalk-based pastel or water, ask first or don’t use it since you could be removed.
5. NO drawing on any walls, steps, vertical surfaces or open spaces. (don’t leave chalk pieces behind).
6. NO personal vending, selling or re-selling of any products or commodities.
7.  If you are using an awning, do not in-fringe on other artist’s spaces and public walkways. Or work it out with your neighbor’s if it goes a little into their space and share some shade. When you are finished, you must remove the awning to allow room for the public to view your artwork. ChalkFest committee reserves the right to have tents moved or removed.  
8.  ChalkFest reserves the right to limit the number of people working on any space, with exception of those who have registered for shared spaces.
9.  ChalkFest and Wausau Events may use photos or reproductions of artworks for future advertising and media purposes. 
10. As a participant, I agree to assume all risks relating to the event, including the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to release, indemnify, and hold harmless Wausau Events, their directors, officers, agents, employees and volunteers from and against all expenses, claims, actions, liabilities, attorney’s fees, damages, and losses of any kind whatsoever, actually or allegedly, resulting from or connected with participating in the event.  Wausau Events shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any personal property, regardless of the cause of such loss or damage.
11. Non-compliance with these rules may result in removal from the festival. 

Children's Chalkfest

Kids under 12 can explore their artistic talents with two options. No registration required.
●      Option 1…$3 – Box of colored chalk and the use of a small chalkboard
●      Option 2…$10 – Set of 12 pastels and sheet of art paper you can take home
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 9 AM to 4 PM

Check-in at the Children’s ChalkFest registration tent on the 400 Block. Must be supervised by a parent/guardian.

General Suggestions

Wear a hat and sunblock to prevent sunburn. Knee pads/cardboard are strongly recommended. Pastels will be provided in multi-colors so keep in mind if you are using a predominant color in your design you may need to purchase additional sticks in that color (25c per stick). Some swapping of colors with other artists may be possible.

In Case of Rain/Severe Weather

Clear plastic sheeting will be available but distributed only under the direction of the committee on site. Committee will ask for help from artists to aid in covering up artwork and to remove plastic after rain clears out. In case of severe weather, the festival will be cancelled. No refunds are available if the event is cancelled. Announcements on weather concerns will be made over the sound system from stage.

Event Location/Directions

If you are coming from out of town, take exit 192 off Hwy 51/ Interstate 39. Follow Hwy 52 East (E. Stewart Ave.) to the center of Wausau downtown.  Parking, food, shops and restrooms are within walking distance of the festival grounds. 

Downtown Parking

​Free parking on weekends in the Jefferson Street Ramp, McClellan Street Ramp, West and East Mall Ramps, all of which are located within 2 blocks from event. 

Sponsor/VOlunteer Info

Sponsorships available! Contact

 ChalkFest Wausau is organized by a small committee of enthusiastic volunteers, always looking to expand our committee. If you are interested in volunteering for a long term position, please email  If you are looking to volunteer for the 2024 event, there will be a form released soon!

2024 Chalkfest Sponsors:


316 Scott Street
Wausau, Wi 54401


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