2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival Underway

The Sarasota Chalk Festival runs through Nov. 6 in the Burns Square neighborhood.

The 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival is underway and it promises to be a circus.

This year's theme is Circus City USA, a nod to Sarasota's long ties to the circus industry.

It all happens through Nov. 6 in  Burns Square where international artists will converge side-by-side with kids to chalk up the neighborhood.

One of the biggest draws will be Kurt Wenner, a Baltimore-based 3-D street painting artist known worldwide for his work.  

Sarasota's own King Of The Highwire Nik Wallenda will walk across a 3-D version of a tightrope walk at 3 p.m. Thursday on South Pineapple Avenue.

More murals are on the way, too, as the "Going Vertical"  campaign will take over walls from 18 buildings around the city.

For those looking to chill to the music, Chillounge will turn the streets of Burns Square into a comfortable area to sit on high-end patio furniture while enjoying a night out with friends listening to live music. That takes place on Laurel Street between South Pineapple Avenue and South Orange Avenue from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Street closures will also occur throughout the festival. South Pineapple north of Selby Lane and South of Dolphin Street will be closed through Nov. 1.

Here are the other street closures:


Nov. 2 to No. 4

Pineapple from Orange to just south of entrance to Burns Court

Dolphin Lane Parking entrance

Selby Lane to Boutique parking lot

Laurel Street to Orange Avenue will be closed at 2 p.m.


Nov. 3-4

Pineapple Avenue from Orange Avenue to south of Burns Court

Oak Street from Pineapple Avenue to Palm Avenue, Selby Lane Strip 

Laurel, Dolphin and Cross Streets and two alleys between Laurel and Dolphin

Pineapple from Dolphin to Cross 

Nov. 5-6 (Viewing days)

Pineapple just north of Oak to south of Dolphin

Small strip of Selby Lane and Burns Court south entrance


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