Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

So, I kind of have a thing for street art. I love it. I mean really love it, which is probably why the Wynwood Art District is my favorite neighborhood in Miami. I’m guessing it’s also why we keep returning to the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival year after year. There is something unique about this festival that really intrigues me—the art is not permanent and it’s painted in the middle of the street, so you only have a limited time to view it. Urgency gets me every time.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Every year in February, for one weekend only, the streets of downtown Lake Worth are blocked off and turned into canvasses. Artists are given a taped out square on the street and materials so they can start creating their masterpiece; the only materials allowed are chalk/pastels in a solid form and tempera paint (as a primer only). The streets in Lake Worth are made out of shell rock, which is a very difficult surface to work on and why they allow a base coat of the tempera paint. Many of the artists are so talented; it’s hard to believe they are only using chalk! It is truly amazing to see what can be created in just two days time.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

In addition to the street painting, you will also find live entertainment, stationed at various points throughout the streets as well as at the main stage in the park. There are also numerous food vendors that offer treats, meals and drinks. If street food isn’t your thing, there are many great restaurants lining the streets as well. Two of our favorites are the Havana Hideout and Bizaare Ave Café, but there are so many others we haven’t even had a chance to visit.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Although the artists create their work on both Saturday and Sunday, you will see more works in progress on Saturday and more finished products on Sunday. This year we visited on Saturday, and it was fun to see the paintings come to life, but I was a bit bummed I didn’t get a chance to see the larger, more extravagant paintings when they were finished. To really experience the festival to the full effect, it would be great to visit both days, so you can watch the transformations take place as well as see the finished products.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

It appeared as though the paintings were grouped into categories—there are sections for the art schools that participate, sections where there were movie themes, animal themes, people themes, perspective themes and so much more. You will find hundreds of paintings lining the streets and the people watching is quite entertaining as well. My favorite drawings are the ones that play with perspective—they make you feel as though you can jump right into the painting.

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, FL

Each and every year, I am amazed at the talent and ability of the artists; there are so many wonderful works of art created. It’s just sad that they only last until the rain comes and washes them away! Until next year…

Do you like street art? Have you been to a festival like this before?

 

23 Comments
  • Angela Travels
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    Posted at 18:40h, 28 February Reply

    Wow. I am always impressed with street artists and what they can do with what they have. There are some truly talented artists with chalk! Reminds me of drawing in the driveway in the summers as a kid. Though, mine masterpieces was making chalk houses and then playing in the different rooms 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:53h, 02 March Reply

      It was really impressive! I’m horrible at drawing and painting and all that, so it’s fun to see all the talent. Those houses sound pretty cool–sounds like something I would have loved when I was little 🙂 My drawings were always pretty boring, haha

  • Tourist in Romania
    Posted at 13:36h, 02 March Reply

    Wow! Amazing art. I sometimes wonder how come aren’t those awesome artists mad that their works are going away at the first rain.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 14:05h, 02 March Reply

      I know–I wonder that too! I bet they take photos to remember it, but it wouldn’t be the same. It’s sad it gets washed away!

  • Brenda
    Posted at 15:23h, 03 March Reply

    Looks like a great time. I wish I had a gf to go with me. Not my hubby’s thing.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 23:56h, 04 March Reply

      Yeah, if nothing else, it’s a great place for a walk and people watching! 🙂

  • Kenin Bassart
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    Posted at 18:14h, 03 March Reply

    We went to this festival last year. It rained in between day 1 and 2, it was such a shame.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 23:58h, 04 March Reply

      We were there last year too–crazy! Only on Sunday though. But, yeah, it’s too bad it rained–glad this year was nicer!

  • Anu
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    Posted at 18:31h, 03 March Reply

    These are some gorgeous art work. Street artists talent have always left me amused and dumb-folded. I mean, they put so much time, and energy into creating something that isn’t going to remain there permanently! But the work is equivalent to something that are meant to be preserved!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:00h, 05 March Reply

      I know, I agree! It would be hard to put so much effort into something you know won’t last, but then again that’s what seems to be the beauty in it too. It turns out to be more about the creation then the end result!

  • elaine schoch
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    Posted at 11:53h, 04 March Reply

    Wow! Great photos. I ran into a street art festival similar to this in Italy a few years ago. It was amazing. I can only imagine how cool this one was as it seems much larger.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:01h, 05 March Reply

      Thanks! Wow, Italy would be a fun place to run into one like this–I always love happening across exciting events!

  • Marysia
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    Posted at 08:56h, 05 March Reply

    Love it! I love street art and whole festival of street painting would be so so cool to attend! I was once in St Barbara and seen whole street painted this way, missed the festival but still have pictures of those great art works 🙂
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:37h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks! Would have been fun to stumble upon one like that, and even better it was in Santa Barbara!

  • Megan
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    Posted at 00:47h, 07 March Reply

    Wow this looks amazing. Honestly we’re not huge fans of Miami, but running into a festival like this would have been a great experience. Love the art – if we do get back to Miami for anything in the futue will make sure to check out the Wynwood Art District – thanks!
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  • Beth
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    Posted at 23:45h, 07 March Reply

    This is so cool! I’ve seen people working on a few of these across different cities, but never so many in one location. I’d love to visit this festival!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:48h, 17 March Reply

      Yeah, I’ve never seen so many in one spot either! It was fun to see them all come alive. I would love to see one of the huge ones that looks like a hole in the street or something–the perspective ones are so fun!

  • Bret
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    Posted at 20:21h, 08 March Reply

    Super cool! Never heard of this festival before, but, as a street art fan myself, it looks like something I’d really dig. That Edward Scissorhands piece is amazeballs!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:01h, 17 March Reply

      Yeah I loved that scissorhands one too! It was definitely a cool festival. If you are around one February you will have to swing by!

  • Ron
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    Posted at 14:02h, 13 March Reply

    I’ve only been to one street art festival and that was in Clearwater Beach, Florida. But you’re definitely right; it’s breathtaking what these artists can create in just 2 days time!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 01:20h, 17 March Reply

      It is crazy with the short time they have! That’s fun they have one in Clearwater too–I need to visit that area more!

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