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Chalk the Block 2019 

Chalk the Block 2019 

By: Tanya Torres


October is a month when anyone’s inner child will come out with all the Halloween activities that happen throughout the month. It is a month that just about everyone can look forward to especially with Halloween at the end of the month. However, for the adults of El Paso, Halloween is something that we reminisce about and has changed entirely, especially for those with children. Fortunately for the Sun City residents, we have plenty to do throughout the month to keep our inner child satisfied for quite a while. One event in particular is Chalk the Block (CTB). Chalk the Block is the most anticipated and talked about event in El Paso since there is nothing better than a free event that allows you to have fun at any age.


CTB has been around for 12 years and still continues to draw more and more people to their festival every year. When the festival began in 2008, it only had 12 artists in its sidewalk chalk art competition during their one day event. It was apparent right away that this event was something special, after receiving an overwhelming amount of support when it began, which is why it was decided to expand the event. It wasn’t until 2016 when the festival was changed from the one-day event to a three-day event which also helped increase the attendance from 5,000 attendees to a crowd of 40,000. 


The event will begin on October 11th and end on the 13th and will offer various activities such as theatrical performances, temporary interactive art installations, live bands along with their sidewalk chalk art competition and more. Not only will festival goers have plenty to do but they will even have access to exhibits and activities at the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and plenty of food and art vendors to visit. 


Attendees can look forward to the following live performances: Social Life, Dulce Mal, The Iveys, Ribo Ruckus, ABF, Squonk along with the temporary interactive art installations such as Mural Walk, Painted Pianos and so on. 


This festival continues to come back bigger and better every year. It is an event that you will need to go to especially since it offers so much despite it being a free event. This is a way for our community to support local artists and give back by continuing to visit it each year. 


Brian Burds

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