5 things to know about this weekend’s Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

It’s hard to believe that it’s already here! The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival is this weekend, bringing us two days of impressive chalk art in the streets of Downtown Lake Worth.  This art festival features the creations of more than 600 artists of all types, turning the streets into gigantic canvases.  Best of all, it’s free to attend!

The Lake Worth community is funky, talented anddiverse, and they’re not afraid to show it for the 24th year in a row.

»2017 PHOTOS: See amazing artwork from last year’s festival

The art festival rolls into town Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. and wraps up Sunday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Don’t expect to catch it after that — the next rain will wash the art away. 

You’ll want to grab a camera and some comfortable shoes to be sure. Here are 5 things you need to know. 

It’s free

You don’t have to pay a penny to explore the streets covered in art. That doesn’t mean the event didn’t cost money to get developed. Street Painting Festival Inc. paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce it.

It’s breathtaking

Get ready for a long Hashtag: #lakeworthstreetpaintingfestival

All paintings are made of chalk. The pavement is the canvas as downtown streets become a temporary art gallery, ranging from large scale traditional art to eye-popping 3D paintings. No commercial or political statements are allowed. 

It’ll be packed!

More than 600 artists are expected at the festival, touted as the world’s largest by organizers.  It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people will attend. There will be more than 240 stations for the artists to work. 

The festival’s official Facebook page has more than 11,000 likes, with social media giving the festival a tremendous boost.

Food, drinks and live music everywhere.

Because a festival isn’t a festival unless there’s food, drinks and live music.

The main Food Court & Bistro will be located at the Cultural Plaza on M Street between Lake and Lucerne Avenue next to the Main Stage. Various food carts will also be scattered throughout the Festival.

Parking isn’t too bad. But, biking or tri-rail make more sense. 

Nothing is easier than just taking your bike to Lake Worth or using the Tri-rail to avoid traffic and congestion.

If you take the Tri-rail to Lake Worth, wait at the station for shuttles to take you to the festival. They’ll be looping throughout the day. Keep your ticket in order to get the free shuttle ride. 

If you drive, park your car at Palm Beach State College’s campus, west of Lake Worth on Congress Avenue. Free shuttle buses will transport visitors downtown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Or, park and walk: Park your car for $10 a Padron Flooring’s parking lot on 1017 Lake Avenue then walk to the festival.

The Lake Worth Street Festival; Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24th & 25th. starting at 10 a.m. both days. 7 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460.

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