Every August since 2013, we’ve gathered community members of all ages, backgrounds and abilities at our annual ChalkFest to do one simple thing: draw with chalk. Want to draw a stick figure? Great! Want to draw your mom, grandpa or babysitter? Maybe your favorite animal? Wonderful! The beauty of chalk is that it’s universal, it’s relatable, and it’s fun.

This year, ChalkFest took place 12 – 7 p.m. Thursday, August 9 at the Red River Zoo, proudly sponsored by Gate City Bank.

In addition to free chalk, ChalkFest is full of energizing music, fun activities, engagement with local arts groups and more. We also hire local artists to beautify the entrance to the Red River Zoo to inspire your creativity.

The idea for ChalkFest came from one of our former interns, who was tasked with creating an event that would engage her peer group. We hosted the first ChalkFest at Great Northern Bicycle Co. in downtown Fargo in 2013, at Island Park in 2014, and at the Red River Zoo since 2015.

It’s grown exponentially over the years, especially after we invited guest artists Marcus Dunn and Chelsie Liberati from the Savannah College of Art and Design to engage the community with their beautiful chalk drawings in 2016 and 2017. Gate City Bank became the signature sponsor of the event in 2017, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support.

Keep an eye out for announcements regarding ChalkFest 2019 in our newsletter.