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October 8, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



We have wanted to do two festivals per year since the first year we had this event at RiverWorks, so by popular demand….here it is!

The theme for this autumn will be: October! Get creative with that in any way you choose! The dates are a holiday weekend SUNDAY and MONDAY October 8th and 9th!

ChalkFest Buffalo! is a free annual event in the heart of Downtown Buffalo. For years it was hosted by the 500 Block of Main Street Association, and we are forever grateful to them for helping us make this dream a reality. In 2018 we almost were not able to continue the event. But the folks at Buffalo RiverWorks heard about our troubles and offered to step in and not only save the Chalkfest, but add to it in some amazing ways!

The event will be both inside and outside of the GLF grain silos at Buffalo RiverWorks! Outside on the blacktop artists will be able to draw their creations then ZIP LINE over top of them or see them from the top of the Ferris Wheel!

Inside the grain elevators & silos gives artists a smooth concrete canvas that is protected from the elements of weather. It also gives artists the ability to draw not just on the ground, but on the walls of the historic silos. This is not just a unique opportunity for artists, but a uniquely Buffalo opportunity as the historic grain elevators were invented here and have largely gone abandoned for the past few decades.

Artists inside will be chosen by the following criteria:

1) Expertise level (higher increases your chances)

2) Returning artists (we want to support artists who have supported our festival in the past

3) Order of signing up (sooner is better). Also, we will send a confirmation email that artists must respond to. If you do not respond your inside spot will be given away.

ChalkFest Buffalo! not only provides a variety of activities for adults and children but also gives local artists the chance to win cash prizes and show off their gallery worthy artwork. Please check each event but many will also have an affordable vendor / artisan market for people to sell crafts and art.

Hope to see you there!!


October 8, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Buffalo Riverworks
359 Ganson Street
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
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