50 Things To Do in Greater Austin, TX #33 Round Rock Chalk Walk

33. Check Out the Round Rock Chalk Walk!

Last weekend, I traveled to Centennial Plaza in downtown Round Rock, TX along with about a zillion other people (UGH-traffic was a nightmare, not gonna lie!) to take in the spectacle that is the Chalk Walk and Festival. Glad I had the patience to endure the trek in because the scene was definitely worth waiting for!

2017-10-07 14.28.43Round Rock Arts sponsors this very popular festival where area chalk artists take over the streets and create amazing ‘paintings’ as you watch! Some of the works are done by younger kids representing their different schools and some by more seasoned artists. The paintings disappear at the end of the festival which makes their beauty even more special. Artists compete for cash prizes in categories including: Best of Show; Second Place; Third Place; Best Representation of Round Rock; Best Animal; Best Figure; Best Copy of a Famous Masterpiece; Best Newcomer (first-time artist); and Most Creative.

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The art was gorgeous and it was fun and relaxing to stroll along and take it all in. Themes varied wildly from Mexican Folk Art to Classical pieces to Japanese Anime.

There were lots of pictures of animals, as well, which is always a good thing in my book!

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To add to the festivities there were also rock bands, vocal groups, theatrical performances, and children’s performances. This ‘School of Rock’ type band I heard was darn good!2017-10-07 14.58.13

Of course, no Austin area festival would be complete without a bunch of food trucks…and there were plenty here to enjoy! Right in front of the food trucks was a group of gymnasts doing ‘Flips for Tips’. Over to one side was a medium sized bazaar with vendors selling clothing, fun pet gear, jewelry, and more!2017-10-07 14.42.44

Tons of families with little kids came out to the Chalk Walk and the little ones enjoyed the ‘Kid Zone’ where they could run and play and even create some of their own chalk art masterpieces!

The best part of the Chalk Walk and Festival…admission is FREE! Parking was free, too, once I finally reached the parking garage. I would strongly advise that folks plan on going early next year. There is some street parking in the area if you can get it.

Inspired to create some of your own chalk art??

There were some new features this year, including Uncle Lucius as the Friday night headliner concert. As with all other performances during this festival, this event was free. Also on Friday evening, The Art Institute of Austin’s “High School Food Truck Battle,” in which teams of culinary students from area high schools battled for ultimate flavor supremacy.

The Chalk Walk runs on Friday evening and all day Saturday in early October each year.


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