On the last Saturday in September, Old Town Orcutt turns into an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, live music, public art, and community engagement. Since 2011, the OCAF Chalk Festival is a hugely popular event that brings over 2,000 people to Historic Old Town Orcutt.
The Chalk Festival features over two dozen arts and craft booths, nonprofit organizations, kids corner, and fabulous culinary arts vendors. Experience an amazing array of locally created art, custom jewelry, and woodworking. Feed that hunger by supporting our local food trucks serving up a variety of tasty food options. Encourage kids’ creativity at our KIDS Corner.
The main attraction of the event is the sidewalk/street chalk paintings that are created over the course of the day. Supported by our generous Sponsors, and brought to life by our talented Volunteer Artists, these squares turn from gray concrete paths into beautiful expressions of artistic vision. Chalk artists begin these chalk masterpieces early in the morning and the public is encouraged to watch their progress throughout the day.
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of the Chalk Festival. We need over 50 volunteers to help with everything from taking photographs, working with children’s crafts, traffic control, setting up tables, helping with clean-up, and many other jobs.
If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have your help. Click the link below.
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The artists and volunteers partner and donate their time and talents. Artists work on their hands and knees creating masterpieces for those who come to view this incredible art performance.
Volunteers work 4-hour shifts, with some working all day and sometimes sleepless nights to get things done. You see, global community collaboration is our foundation for success.
Please join Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation by becoming a sponsor today and be a part of our global community collaboration!
Participation for artists is free!
Artists may register online each year. Space is limited so register early!
Artist Registration is closed.
A high note of Chalk Festival is the outstanding talent that performs on the stage in Old Town Orcutt. Up-and-coming performers, as well as established favorites, entertain and delight audiences of all ages.
We’ve had internationally known artists perform here before and after their stars have risen. If you would like to share your talents with our community please contact Michelle Southwick from Oasis at: email@example.com
We all love the variety of foods from our regional and local food trucks and culinary pop-ups. They bring a taste of culinary arts to the Chalk Festival. If you would like to be a part of our Chalk Festival and share your culinary arts with our attendees please complete the online food vendor application linked below.
All food vendor spots are filled!
ARTISAN & COMMUNITY BOOTHS
Each year, we look for artisans, local art organizations, and other businesses that offer helpful information or interactive experiences.
A completed application must be submitted, along with a small $35.00 donation. Online and mail-in payment options are available.
All Artisan & Community booths are filled!
A festival favorite this very special section focuses on arts, crafts, and interactive STEAM projects for children of all ages.
If your organization would like to be an interactive part of our KIDS CORNER please contact Sara Brownlee at firstname.lastname@example.org.