Reston Town Center’s Sixth Annual ChalkFest

By Editorial Team on September 9, 2019
Photo of Ben Morse taken at the 2017 ChalkFest at Reston Town Center by William O’Brien.
Festival: Saturday, September 14 at 9am

Public Art Reston’s sixth-annual ChalkFest at Reston Town Center returns Saturday, September 14. Presented in collaboration with Reston Town Center, its onsite event partner, amateur and professional artists and families and kids are invited to take over Market Street and transform the pavement into a vivid kaleidoscope of inspired chalk designs.

“I love the annual ChalkFests and how they bring everyone together,” said a Public Art Reston supporter on  Goldie Harrison, a long-time Public Art Reston volunteer, enthused, “I have seen first-hand how excited the children are who participate.” For returning 2017 professional artist Ben Morse, “ChalkFest has always been a great experience.” He especially enjoys the interaction with other artists and “seeing how they approach the work and select their subjects” as well as “answering questions from the crowd as they watch everyone work.”

Individuals may register in three categories: Families and Kids ($15), Amateur Artists ($20) and Professional Artists ($25).  Prizes will be awarded in each category as well as Audience Choice Awards. ChalkFest is also a great team-building opportunity for businesses and community groups.

All participants are assigned a square and receive chalks and a goodie bag with their registration. Chalking starts on 9 a.m. Saturday, and winners are announced at 5 p.m. For participants and visitors, there also will be face painting and performances from Bach to Rock Herndon.

Cancelled in 2018 due to Hurricane Florence, Public Art Reston again looks forward to offering this regularly sold-out event. The 2017 ChalkFest welcomed more than 4,000 visitors to Reston Town Center under brilliant, clear blue skies. In case of inclement weather, however, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15.

“Each year, we are more and more impressed by the artistic talent participants in all three categories have to offer, said Anne Delaney, executive director for Public Art Reston. “It continues to be a wonderful community-building experience and a great way to create greater awareness about the nonprofit organization’s work and public art in Reston.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels. For information, contact  Funds raised at ChalkFest at Reston Town Center help support future public art projects and programs.

Public Art Reston was founded in 2007 by civic and community organizations to re-invigorate the strong tradition of public art in Reston. The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that imagines public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. Public Art Reston seeks to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of artworks in Reston. For more information about Public Art Reston, visit