ChalkFest is returning to the 500 Block of Main Street this summer. After the Main Street construction project forced the event to move one block over in 2014 (which was still very successful), it will once again take place at its originally intended target location. ChalkFest was formulated as a way to draw people back to the core of the city. The two-day, free event has far surpassed its goals, bringing hundreds upon hundreds of families to Downtown Buffalo to participate in a wonderful interactive affair unlike no other in the region.
To add interest to this year’s festival, the area in and around the newly renovated Fountain Plaza will be the focal point of the chalk drawing activities. Even the reflecting pool (ice rink) will be drained and recreated as chalked works of art.
Funds raised at 2015 ChalkFest will be donated to Explore & More Children’s Museum. The museum’s future home, Canalside, is not far from the 500 Block of Main Street.
Aside from chalk drawings, the event also features live music, dancers, face painters, balloon hats, street performers and food trucks. Each year, festival organizers pick out a themed children’s book that is depicted in chalk drawings during the course of the weekend. And for the fourth year in a row, world-renowned 3-D chalk artist, Michael Macaulay, will be attending the festival, bringing far-reaching cache to an event that is already populated by incredible local talents.