Although things have changed since cities have adapted to cars, the streets were once the gathering place for the people. As cities and towns became less pedestrian-friendly (and with the advent of air conditioning), we’ve moved most of our socializing indoors. For the past two decades, though, one Palm Beach County city has been bringing residents back outdoors. This weekend, the 21st-annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival is coming back around.
On Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., the free event will feature more than 600 artists who will be using the asphalt as canvas to transform the roads into a public art gallery. Made of chalk, the images will remain only until traffic and the next rain erase them. This is the world’s largest festival of its kind; the event has received the 2014 Council’s Choice “Muse Award for Cultural Excellence.” The festival’s main stage (located at the Cultural Plaza on Lake Avenue and M Street) will have continuous live music. Food will be available at the Festival Food Court, and local downtown restaurants will be open for business. Parking is available throughout the downtown area; valet parking will be offered in select areas as well. A free festival shuttle will be making loops from the Lake Worth Tri-Rail Station and Palm Beach State College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The street arts space takes over Lake and Lucerne avenues between Dixie and Federal highways. Visit streetpaintingfestivalinc.org.
Sun., Feb. 22, 2015