Street Art Festival planned for Highland IL

Artists will once again take to the streets on Saturday, September 18 for the 19th Annual Street Art Festival at Downtown Square in Highland. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional activities include a bag tournament, a kids korner and a makers market sharing the talents of local artisans.

At 8 a.m., artists will begin transforming the streets around downtown Highland Square into works of art.

Artists compete in four categories: professional, amateur, college and secondary. They have until 4 p.m. to complete their artwork, at which time the judges will begin the process of judging each artwork.

Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. and will receive their cash prizes. The community is invited to come see the artists transform the sidewalk into a temporary art gallery — with chalk.

The sack tournament is open to everyone. Registration is online at the Highland Chamber of Commerce website: Teams of two can participate for $50. The first sack of this double elimination tournament will be thrown at 2 p.m. The top three teams at the end of the tournament will win cash prizes. Cash prizes based on the number of participants, so encourage your friends to sign up.

Children up to age 12 can enjoy the Kreative Kids Korner, sponsored and organized by the Highland Illinois Federation Business Women Club. Here budding young artists can create chalk treasures on the sidewalks around the square or create special art projects such as a crazy bird, airplane or fire-breathing dragon. For a small donation, children can enjoy the bouncy house. There will also be a giant wooden puzzle, a tic-tac-toe and giant blocks to entertain the youngest.

The Street Art Festival would not be possible without the support of dedicated sponsors, volunteers and artists. Please check their website – – or their Facebook page for the current list.

For more information, contact the Highland Chamber of Commerce at 618-654-3721 or [email protected] More information can also be found at or

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Reggie S. Williams