The seventh annual Elmira Street Painting Festival will be held this weekend in downtown Elmira.
From 6 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday, sections of West Water Street and North Main Street will be closed while local artists use the streets as a canvas for colorful chalk murals. Each street painting square will be sponsored by a local business, family or individual.
Live music will accompany the street painting event.
Saturday’s lineup includes Delta Blues, Nate Miner and Joanna Yeager, Underwater Tiger, RUST, Wendy Owens and Renegade, and Tongue and Groove. Grey Matters, The Relics and The Bulletones will perform Sunday before the closing and awards ceremonies.
Other event highlights include an arts and crafts fair, various children’s activities and food vendors.
The festival is free and open to the public.
While pre-registration for interested participants is closed, squares may be purchased for $10 on the day of the event. The street painting is judged with a top prize of $500.
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Though Elmira’s Street Painting Festival first came to life in 2008, it was modeled after the practice of street painting, which originated in 16th century Italy.