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Chalk The 'Port

9/13/19 - 9/14/19

Chalk the ‘Port features artists who create a color canvas of chalk masterpieces. Event includes art, family fun, music, food, and a 5K run.

Kennebunkport Parks and Recreation is kicking off it’s third annual Chalk the ‘Port event on Friday, September 13th as featured artists create a color canvas of chalk masterpieces. The community celebration continues on Saturday the 14th with a host of activities geared toward all ages. The event, held at 20 Recreation Way (next to Consolidated School) offers something for everyone, from toddlers to grandparents.

Dive into a world of beautiful street art, created by our featured chalk painters from Maine, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The medium of street art can be traced back to 16th century Italy, when Madonnari (Italian drifting artists) traveled from town to town recreating portraits of the Madonna on streets. In the middle of the 20th century this art spread widely and became the centerpiece for multiple festivals. Chalk the ‘Port brings this festival to Kennebunkport, celebrating chalk art, fun, and family.

Saturday begins with the ColorMeKport 5K run where runners will be decorated with chalk as they traverse the course, on and off road. Next up, Portside Rotary will host a pancake breakfast from 8 am to 10 am as featured and local artists begin chalking their creations. Stop by throughout the day to watch the artists develop their creations and enjoy a lobster roll or a bowl of chowder. Saturday’s celebration culminates in the Chalk Block Party that will include a beer tent sponsored by Batson River Brewery, live music by The Dock Squares and Northern Charm, carnival games & prizes, food court, ice cream sundaes, and campfire s’mores.

The literal highlight of the evening will be the luminaries at dusk. They will light the way to the finished chalk art which can be enjoyed to the twinkling lights and full moon.

Join us at Chalk the ‘Port on September 13th and 14th at the Parks and Recreation Building in Kennebunkport for a celebration you don’t want to miss! Please stop by and bring the entire family. Community Happens Here!

Friday - 10 am to 4 pm Saturday - 8 am to 9 pm

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