How much does Chalk the Block cost?
Chalk the Block is a FREE public art festival.
Where should I park?
Parking is available at several garages in downtown El Paso, or you can park at Glory Road and ride the BRIO or El Paso Streetcar. Please visit the Event Details page for a list of the parking garages near the festival footprint.
What time do sales end?
Food Trucks will stop taking orders 15 minutes prior to closing time each night. Festival security will close the gates in the Food Truck Court to aid in closing time. Artisan vendors will wrap up sales 15 minutes prior to closing time as well.
Will there be vendors every day of the festival?
Food truck vendors will be there all three days of the festival. The artisan and food cottage vendors will be there on Saturday and Sunday.
Do vendors take credit cards?
Many of the vendors will accept credit card payments. There are also several ATMs located in or near the footprint as well.
Will alcohol be sold at the festival?
No, alcohol is not sold or permitted in the festival footprint. There are bars within the festival footprint and just outside the footprint where visitors 21 and older may purchase alcohol.
What other activities are there to do at Chalk the Block?
There will be a Kids Zone with bouncers and other activities. There is a charge for these activities. The public is welcome to create their own chalk masterpiece on the street. The Main Library branch, Museum of Art, and the Museum of History will be open during the festival hours and feature special programming.
Do I have to pay for the activities in the Kids Zone?
Yes, there is a charge for activities in the Kids Zone.
Is Chalk the Block ADA accessible?
Yes, Chalk the Block is located in the Downtown Arts District. There are curb cuts on the sidewalks and the museums and libraries in the footprint are accessible. There are also accessible portable restrooms in the footprint. Please be aware that more than 40,000 people visit the festival throughout the weekend so the streets and sidewalks may be crowded. We also ask that the chalk art not be disturbed.
Where can I find a changing table at the festival?
Changing tables are located inside the Museums as well as the El Paso Public Library Main Branch.
How do I reserve a space for my family to chalk in?
There are no reserved spaces for the public. You are welcome to chalk on the sidewalks and in the community Chalk Zone. No chalk zones are in San Jacinto Plaza, Cleveland Square Park, and in a spot that has been marked off for artists competing in the chalk competition. Please observe “No Chalk Zone” signs located within the footprint. Staff and security reserve the right to ask you to stop chalking in spaces that are not permitted.
Where can I chalk?
Visitors can chalk in the designated community chalk area, the blacktop, and some sidewalks. There will be signs designating areas where chalk is prohibited. These include, but are not limited to San Jacinto Plaza, Cleveland Square Park, The Mills Building, and the El Paso Museum of Art. Please observe the “No Chalk Zone” signs.
Can I bring my own chalk?
Yes, the public is invited to bring their own sidewalk chalk. Free chalk is available at the MCAD Information Booth and GECU Kids Zone. Spray chalk, oil pastels, permanent marker, and paint are prohibited.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, well-behaved dogs and their humans are welcome at CTB. Dogs should not be allowed to walk on chalk art or leave their waste on the street. All dogs must be leashed while at the festival.