Perry Chalk Art Festival

Start Date: July 13, 2024 8:30am
End Date:

Village of Perry
Various Locations

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Perry Chalk Art Festival 2024

Come to Perry, NY July 13th for a Saturday of fine art, fantastic food and fabulous summer fun at the eighteenth annual Perry Chalk Art Festival!

Stroll downtown Perry and see professional artists shape gigantic pastel artworks on the theme “My Favorite Things”. Cheer on youth artists competing for prizes and encourage young Aspiring Artists to try chalking. And see artist Erika Lalita creating a super-sized chalk work under the Festival Plaza pavilion.

Welcome our 2024 featured artist Michael Thompson!

Michael Thompson is a recently retired VW mechanic who fell in love with making art in the first grade. However, his elementary school clay pot and papier mache projects did not lead to the artistic progress he desired. Then a chance happening upon a used Jon Nagy drawing lesson book at a rummage sale opened the doors for Mike to understand the fundamentals of drawing. With some 'tools' in the box, Mike began drawing more, but it wasn't until his wife Wendy signed him up for a chalk-drawing event in Lockport that he started working with colors. That experience led Mike to start painting. Starting small, with basic subjects, he experimented with various mediums and techniques. Oils are his current favorite, but he is comfortable with acrylics, watercolors, and most recently, gouache. Mike further intends to continue with chalk, as long as his mechanic-worn body holds up.

Event Schedule-Perry Chalk Art Festival

Music at Festival Plaza (unless otherwise noted), Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 11:00AM

Kelly's Old Timers - round & square dances, classics

10:00AM - 12:30PM

Elise Kelly - wide ranging music & beautiful vocals at Farmers' Market stage on Borden Ave

11:15AM - 1:15PM

Creek Bend - bluegrass & humor

1:30PM - 4:15PM

The Skiffle Minstrels - American Folk Traditional Trio


10:00AM - 3:00PM at Festival Plaza

Arm & hand painting AND glitter tattoos with Fancy Faces 

10:30AM - 1:30PM at Festival Plaza

Air Sculpture with Mr No the Balloon Guy - balloon art

All Day

Freestyle chalking - We supply the chalk and the space so everyone can create a mini-masterpiece

Chalking wall - It's free for all!

Pop up dance performances by KM Dance Center

Youth activities - Rock painting, crafts, creative selfies  at M&T Bank Parking Lot

Tour de Perry

Starts at Perry Village Park, Lake St

8:00AM: Mass starts for bicyclists

More info at Tour de Perry's Facebook page.

Register by clicking this link.

Perry Chalk Art Festival (Festival Plaza, Downtown Perry)

8:00AM - 10:30AM

Adult Chalk Artist Registration

8:30AM - 3:00PM

Adult Artists Chalking

8:30AM - 3:00PM

Large Scale Chalking by Erika Lalita

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Young Artist Registration & Chalking

4:00PM - 4:30PM

Artist Recognition, Prizes, & Closing Ceremony

Perry Farmers' Market at Borden Ave, Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 1:00PM

Enjoy fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, fresh cut flowers, and more!  See more at Perry Farmers' Market's Facebook page!

Perry Public Market at Downtown Perry

8:30AM - 4:00PM

Enjoy a wide selection of vendors offering unique, handmade goods. 

Food Truck Vendors

  • DECISIONS:  Paninis & more
  • BUCKAROOS:  Poutine
  • SMOKE 'N THE VALLEY:  Barbecue
  • DINER ON THE RUN:  American Cuisine

At the Arts Council for Wyoming County visit:

  • Members Gallery, second floor, spotlights Feature Artist Sarah Ciufo
  • Main Gallery Exhibit will also be open; no entrance fees for either exhibit


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