Annual Chalk the Block brings midsummer fun to St. Joseph

Artists create chalk masterpieces during a previous St. Joseph Chalk the Block event. This year’s event will run from Friday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 5.

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association 

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph is hosting its 22nd annual Chalk the Block from Friday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 5. Sponsored by North Pier Brewing Co. and Fit 4 Fall 5K Underwritten by LECO Corporation, this free event brings in regional artists who create chalk masterpieces downtown on Broad Street, between Lake Boulevard and State Street.

Various professional chalk artists also are coming in from across the country to participate in this event.

Event-goers can vote for their favorite artist renderings in the People’s Choice vote. Tickets will be sold for $1 each from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the People’s Choice Tent on Broad Street. One dollar equals one vote towards the favored artist; the artist with the most tickets by the end of the weekend wins the People’s Choice Award.

Chalk art isn’t the only entertainment planned. Additional weekend activities include lighthouse and heritage walking tours, a farmers market, antiques on the bluff, Friday and Sunday concerts and free horse-drawn trolley rides around this Victorian-era downtown.

New this year, St. Joseph Today and North Pier Brewing have collaborated for a special beer release.

“Chalk the Beer can be found on tap at North Pier Brewing,” said Amy Zapal, executive director, St. Joseph Today. “It’s a peach and pineapple beer that tastes like summer. There is a limited supply so make sure you get a pint while supplies last.”

Zapal said in addition to North Pier Brewing and Fit 4 Fall 5K Underwritten by LECO Corporation, event sponsors include Cook Nuclear Indiana Michigan Power and the Paul and Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust.

Event attendees also can celebrate the beauty of St. Joseph throughout Chalk the Block weekend.

“Not only can you see awesome chalk art around town, folks can shop at beautiful boutiques and stores, walk to Whirlpool Compass Fountain and downtown beaches, jam to live music or catch a movie outdoors by Lake Michigan.” Zapal said, noting this long weekend also offers a good opportunity to view the city’s outdoor art exhibit, “The Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph,” which showcases knights, dragons and castles along downtown streets.

Chalk the Block activities include:

Aug. 3

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. Joe Lighthouse open hours

• 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Horse-drawn trolley rides board at Elm and State streets

• 7:30 p.m. — Jack Adams concert at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell

Aug. 4

• All day — Chalk the Block on Broad Street

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. Joe Farmers Market at Lake Bluff Park

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — St. Joe Lighthouse open hours

• 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — People’s Choice voting open

• 4 p.m. — Summer Jam 2018 at Shadowland Pavilion

• 10 p.m. (dusk) — Summer movie: Hugo

Aug. 5

• All day Chalk the Block Viewing: Blocks completed by mid-afternoon, judging follows

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Antiques on the Bluff at Lake Bluff Park

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — People’s Choice voting open

• 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — St. Joseph Municipal Band concert at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell

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