Cherry Creek Arts and Denver Chalk Art Festival team up in 2021

The delayed Cherry Creek Arts Festival returns this Labor Day weekend to a new location.

DENVER – CherryArts and the Denver Chalk Art Festival are joining forces at the 2021 Cherry Creek Arts Festival this weekend.

Traditionally held on Independence Day weekend, the 30th annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival has been postponed until Labor Day weekend.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will be held in a new location in 2021 at the Cherry Creek Mall in Denver in the Northwest Parking Lot near University Boulevard and 1st Avenue from Saturday September 4 through Monday September 6.

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The Denver Chalk Art Festival began in 2003 and has always been held in June on the streets of Larimer Square. In 2020, the festival took place in the alleys and on the sidewalks around Denver.

More than 100 artists will create temporary works of art in chalk at the 2021 festival on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 September.

“We have been waiting to return to the streets of Denver since June 2019. Watching the joy this craft brings to the attendees – and the camaraderie of the community of artists who come together – we have sorely missed,” said Michel Rieger, Denver Chalk Art Festival artistic director.

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“Collaborating with CherryArts is a perfect match. We look forward to bringing Denver’s most colorful event back through the long tradition of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. “

“CherryArts’ mission is to provide access to artistic experiences and support arts education in Colorado,” said Tara Brickell, Executive Director of CherryArts. “As part of this mission, we have a long history of partnering with arts organizations to further activate the Cherry Creek Arts Festival site, providing unique and valuable activations to enhance the event.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2021 will feature 220 national and international artists, 16 performing artists, a creative station with children’s activities, food and interactive experiences.

“Having the magic of the Denver Chalk Arts Festival onsite this year is a great addition to the 220 visual artist booths, allowing visitors to see the art and artists in action,” said Brickell.

The festival is slated to begin on Thursday, September 2 with a ticketed 30th anniversary launch event. The evenings of the festival take place on September 4 and 5 on the CherryArts stage of the Beer Garden from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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