Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have undoubtedly seen some pretty cool sidewalk art passed around facebook, email, and maybe even passed around the office. You know what I mean, people are walking down the street and it looks like they are falling off a cliff, or they are right in the middle of some crazy jungle. Ever wonder where they come from? The Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival is one place! It’s a proud tradition that is known as Italian Sidewalk Painting.
So they literally paint the sidewalk? Well, sometimes… While it is possible to paint the sidewalk, it’s a bit of a misnomer. If the artist wants a nice clean canvas, it’s common for them to use some matte black paint to start off their creation, but most artists were using a pastel/chalk combination to achieve their desired effect. Not so say they couldn’t use paint, but the amount of detail they were able to achieve with simple supplies at the Lake Worth Sidewalk painting Festival was amazing!
So what was the actual festival all about? The Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival is an annual even that draws artists and patrons from all over the world! It was about a 2 hour drive for us, but was worth every minute of travel time! When we arrived, we were lucky to get a great parking spot right off the main drag, but we did notice that parking could pose a bit of a problem for visitors that are from oustside the area. Don’t worry though, they do offer valet parking, but that isn’t how we do things at Frugal Florida Fun!
The Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival is a FREE event to enjoy, and the local community really rolls out the red carpet for all their locals and visitors alike! There was about a 4 block section of downtown Lake Worth that was sectioned off just for this event. Artists who participated were assigned a canvas spot throughout downtown and they literally get to paint the town! This event occurs over a weekend, but we decided to go on the last day. Many of the creations take quite awhile to complete, so we decided to checkout the festival near the end so we could see more completed artwork. Don’t worry though, you get to see the artists in action both days!
Of course there were some professional sidewalk artisans, but there were also plenty of local community groups that decided to participate. Every sidewalk spot was a work of art. This year, there was a central theme, which was “Movies”. Many of the artists stuck to the theme, while some took some liberties in their craft, but one thing was for sure, they were all amazing! Some seemed more polished than others, but they were all unique for sure! We also got a chance to see some amazing art by kiddos as well. There is a FREE kids area at the Lake Worth Sidewalk painting Festival that kids can get a chance to paint their own piece of the sidewalk as well! Supplies are provided and they get about a 2 foot square space to paint whatever they want. It’s a great way to get kids involved and interested in art!
You know we generally pack a lunch when we head out to festivals, especially if we are far away from home, and this event was no different. We had a van load of people and sandwiches, so we were able to minimize our expenses. Because this is an open style festival, you can bring whatever you want! In fact there were plenty of folks hanging out in the park in downtown, listening to some great music and enjoying the festivities. Quite a few of them brought their own lunch, so you won’t be the only family who is saving a few bucks. The Lake Worth Sidewalk painting Festival offered tons of food vendors that were offering snacks such as arepas, snow cones, and a little but of every type of food you can imagine. There was one drink vendor that really stood out though as a good deal. One vendor was offering a $10 deal for sodas with FREE refills all day. Not a bad idea if you don’t mind sharing drinks with the family. I only wish they offered some diet options but still wasn’t a bad idea.
While the Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival was considered pet friendly, you may want to leave your four-legged friends behind. Don’t get me wrong, no one seemed to be upset about the well-behaved dogs, but it was quite warm that day and most of the festival is literally in the middle of the street, so there wasn’t much shade available as you check out the art. In conjunction with the sheer volume of people, it’s just not fair to you furry friend.
Our overall impression is that the Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival is a local community tradition that isn’t going anywhere any time soon! They just celebrated their 20th Anniversary, so I’m willing to bet this local tradition will be around for quite a while. The art was family appropriate, and with the movie theme this year, there was quite a bit that the little ones would recognize. As we were driving south to get to this event, we noticed quite a few state parks in the area, maybe next year we might do some camping locally to break up the drive for us or maybe just stop there for lunch! Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar as we keep up with the upcoming dates for this festival!
With all this talk about painting sidewalks, I have the sudden urge to start my own creation in my driveway. Would you like to do the same? I found a great recipe for making some home-made sidewalk paint that you can make at home with some very common ingredients courtesy of MomAdvice.com. Check it out here and be inspired!
One last side note: I apologize for the picture quality, they really don’t do this festival justice! I actually forgot my camera card at home so had to use the good ole’ smart phone
Lake Worth Sidewalk Painting Festival Details:
|Date(s):||Late Feb. Annually||Time(s):||All Day|
|Address:||Downtown Lake Worth, Florida|
|Estimated Cost For A Family of 4:||FREE|