Chalk the Block is officially taking applications for chalk artists and vendors to participate in the 2016 Chalk the Block event.

Chalk the Block is one of the largest arts festivals in the region, drawing more than 40,000 El Pasoans and visitors to the Downtown Arts District each year. Coming in October, the streets of Downtown El Paso will become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block. Interested artists and vendors who would like to participate in this year’s festival must submit an application by September 1, 2016.

Chalk Artists can apply in one of three categories:

  • Showcase
  • Emerging
  • Student

Showcase and Emerging Artist categories are for individuals ages 18 or older. Artists applying in the student category must be high school age.

Applications for vendors, including artists, artisans, crafts, and mobile food vendors, are also open at this time. This year the vendor opportunities have expanded to include Food Cottage Industries in addition to handcrafted art sales.

All applications and requirements are available at

Vendors and artists should submit their applications as soon as possible as the spaces are limited, and it is a highly competitive process.

Chalk the Block will take place October 14-16, 2016. For more information, call 915-212-0110.