The 30th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival Is Back On

May 02, 2023

The popular family-friendly event on Father’s Day weekend will now take place on Plaza at the Pasadena Convention Center

Pasadena, California (May 02, 2023) - The Light Bringer Project (LBP), the Pasadena nonprofit arts and education organization that holds the annual festival, has announced that the Pasadena Chalk Festival is back after a scare that the organizers would not be able to host the 30th annual event on Father’s Day weekend. The event will now take place on the Plaza at the Pasadena Convention Center (300 E. Green Street) on June 17th and 18th.

“We’re excited to partner with The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Pasadena Convention Center and the City of Pasadena, who all came together quickly to rescue this year’s event. Our city places great value on arts and culture, and this is a perfect example,” said Tom Coston, chair of the board of the Light Bringer Project.

Over 500 artists come together annually to create 200 chalk murals in Pasadena, filling Father’s Day weekend with family-friendly activities, festive art, live music, art on display, silent auction items, and more.

“Historically, the Center has hosted several artists during Chalk Festival weekends on the Plaza and there’s sufficient space available to host the entire event this year,” said Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. "It took quick action by all interested parties to secure this year’s Chalk Festival. Because the Chalk Festival draws thousands of visitors annually to Pasadena, it just made sense to make it happen for the community.”

This year, guests will continue to enjoy the prime Civic Center District location, where the pedestrian-friendly downtown neighborhoods offer a vibrant selection of restaurants, shops, and hotels for chalk enthusiasts from near and far.

For more information, visit or call the Pasadena Visitor Center at (626) 793-2122 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About Light Bringer Project

Light Bringer Project is a nonprofit Pasadena-based arts organization founded in 1990 by residents who were exploring the historic contributions that artists, architects and craftsmen made to the local environment. Inspired by these achievements, its founders imagined ways to bring more of today’s artists and their creative resources into the mainstream of community life. Today, the organization is widely known for delivering arts and educational programs to underserved youth in the greater Pasadena and Los Angeles areas. To learn more, visit Light Bringer Project’s website at and follow it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Pasadena Center Operating Company

The Pasadena Center Operating Company is a non-profit 501(c)(4) dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a meeting and travel destination to maximize economic impact through the development of meetings, conventions, entertainment events and tourism by providing professionally managed facilities and first-class service. The Pasadena Center Operating Company operates the Pasadena Convention Center, Civic Auditorium, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Ice Skating Center. For more information, visit