Museum of Wisconsin Art – Chalk Fest 21

by Jim Dittmann
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Free Outdoor Live Arts Weekend Planned for Saturday and Sunday, August 21–22, 2021

A free outdoor live arts festival returns to West Bend for its fourth annual two-day event. Presented by the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Art & Chalk Fest takes place Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. The museum welcomed more than 20,000 visitors to the festival in 2019.

Each year the museum transforms its parking lot into a canvas for chalk artists to create their ephemeral masterpieces, many of which are interactive and offer a three-dimensional illusion. This year visitors can experience more live arts than ever before with new live art demonstrations in a variety of art mediums including pottery, glass blowing, plein air painting, henna tattoos, tintype portraiture, flower sculpture, and more.

An expanded musical lineup fills the grounds with music all weekend long and includes two free evening concerts in the spectacularly landscaped MOWA Gardens with Milwaukee-based Dead Horses and Appleton-based Cory Chisel. Musical acts performing throughout the weekend include Nineteen Thirteen, Arum Rae, Evan Christian, TAE, Little Miss Ann, and the Lead Bottom Band.

“We’re especially excited about Art & Chalk Fest 2021 after the disappointment of having to cancel the event in 2020,” said MOWA Executive Director | CEO Laurie Winters. “This year we’ve expanded the live arts experience with art demonstrations of all types and added more live music so people can spend more time enjoying our gorgeous four-acre campus and exploring the vibrant city of West Bend throughout the weekend.”

Art activities for all ages are offered throughout the weekend, including chalk drawing on Veterans Avenue, art projects, balloon sculpture, and more. Visitors are encouraged to stay the weekend enjoying good eats by local food trucks and a beer garden featuring a selection of Lakefront Brewery beer.

Visitors can cool off inside the museum with free admission for the entire weekend of Art & Chalk Fest. The summer exhibition Claiming Space: A New Century of Visionary Women showcases nearly thirty contemporary Wisconsin artists who contributed deeply personal works in a variety of mediums that touch on themes of motherhood, family, the body, hair, daily routines, and the mystical, intuitive side of femininity.

Find full event details at or search #artchalkfest on social media.


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Sunday, August 22, 2021


Special thanks to the following event sponsors for their generous support in keeping this event free and open to the public: Travel Wisconsin, Horicon Bank, Pick Heaters, Thomas J. Rolfs Family Foundation, and Sommer’s Automotive.

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