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Highlights of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Updated on April 6, 2013

The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival is said to be the largest of its kind in the world and brings people from all over the country during the month of February. The two day event converts the business district of Lake Worth into a museum of fine art.

In 2013, the 19th annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival hosted over 100,000 visitors and featured 657 artists creating approximately 254 drawings on the streets of downtown Lake Worth, Florida. The chalk artists exhibited masterpieces of original artwork to the delight of enchanted viewers.

Guests saw artists' paintings, solely using chalk as a pastel medium, display drawings ranging from famous actors, movie themes, pop art, cartoon characters and inspirational themes.

It is must-see if you visit Florida during the winter month of February.

The artists line the street to transform the pavement into works of art.
The artists line the street to transform the pavement into works of art.

History of Street Painting

Street painting is thought to have its origins in Italy during the sixteenth century. It is said vagabond artists would paint renditions of famous pictures, during festivals, for food and coins as a means of living. Using basic tools of chalk, charcoal, broken roof tiles and colored stones they recreated simple illustrations on the courtyards of the cathedrals.

Kurt Wenner, introduced 3-D street painting in Old Mission Santa Barbara, California in 1987. He brought a new interest to the art and is now highly sought all over the world for his creative drawings. He is known as the Maestro Madonnaro, a title connected to the original street painters who used the Madonna as inspiration.

Edgar Mueller brought the concept of illuminescent painting to the 2010 US International Sarasota Chalk Festival. This style of art changes images from day to night, quite fascinating!

Source: chalkfestival.org

History of Lake Worth

Lake Worth, Florida was settled after the passing of the Homestead Act of 1882. The land was originally owned by two former slave owners, Samuel and Fannie James, and was referred to as Jewel. The land was later sold to the Palm Beach Farms Company in 1911. Subsequently, the name Jewel was changed to the town site of Lucerne

In 1912, Lake Worth was incorporated, and Lake Avenue became the first street to be graded and rocked in January of the same year. As the town grew, the Lake Worth Lagoon was fitted with a dock at the foot of Lake Avenue extending 1000 feet into the lake. Today, it holds events such as festivals, concerts and sports activities along the beach and boardwalk area which attract visitors from around the state.

The popular Lake Theater located on Lake Avenue opened in 1939, and the building is currently home to the Palm Beach Cultural Council. During season, patrons enjoy plays and musicals presented by local artists at this venue. One of the most exciting performances I have ever seen of Fiddler On The Roof was at this location. The theater is small but the art deco building's rich history and beauty provide an excellent backdrop for these types of events.

Source: lakeworth.org

What to see and visit

When you go, be sure to catch the live performances which feature talented bands and vocalists. The stage shows highlight jazz, classical, and pop during the afternoon and evening for visitor enjoyment. Along the street, sightseers can catch strolling minstrels, drum soloists, gospel artists and mimes acting out life-related scenes.

The food vendors are varied and offer guests everything from popular cuisine, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Additionally, the local restaurants are open and offer specials during this event. And if you enjoy shopping, the business owners of downtown Lake Worth won't disappoint you in quality and variety.

Admission is free and open to the public from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is ample, but if you want to take advantage of a monitored lot, go early. Most people park along the streets but you may have to walk several blocks to get to the event.

Live Mannequin Statue Performance

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival Location

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Lake Avenue & Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460, USA
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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I love the video and the beautiful street painting. I have always admired the talent of good artists. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so cool! What a great community event. Loved the video and loved learning about this wonderful event.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      teaches .. I love this .. the talent and creativity is great .

      it is amazing how they can make some look so good and real .. the 3-d rocks . Great hub teaches.. thanks for sharing.!

      Michael

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Interesting. Being a native of Florida this is a first. Nice to explore it with you.

      The Frog

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela,

      Bill,

      Frog,

      Cleaner,

      We had a great time at this art event in Lakeworth. The artists were just completing their drawings and we had time to chat with some of them. They are truly passionate about their work. The mime in the video was another highlight of the festival. He was really good and didn't move at all once he was in place (or so it seemed). Overall, it was fun and we were impressed with the paintings. Cleaner, you can't tell by the representations here, but the 3-D effects were quite awesome. Thanks to all for coming by to see the paintings and glad you enjoyed them. Hope your week is a good one.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for this newsflash, Dianna about the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. It looks like fun so I'm putting it on my calendar for next February. Those 3-D pavement paintings are my favorites.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dr BJ, this festival comes during the best time of winter in Florida. It is a good time spent enjoying fine art. Hope your week goes well.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning little sister.

      That sounds like an interesting event.

      There are many small towns in Canada that have their walls painted with various scenery. I used to love to stroll around and drink in all the amazing works of art.

      God bless you with His wonderful creations.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for letting me tag along.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Teacher Joe, I wish all towns would have artists paint on the walls of buildings, it would make it so interesting and prevent the unwanted scribbles and words. Thank you for your visit and support. God bless you.

      Mhatter, glad you came along... always a pleasure to see you.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This looks like a fun festival and a very enjoyable community event, Dianna. The art is colorful and attractive. I loved the music in your video!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Alicia! I love that song, too. It's kind of a Carribean flair. Thanks for coming by and reading the post.

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      Love the video--the festival seemed like a lot of fun. Wish I was there. Thanks for sharing and rated up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Anglnwu, if you are ever in the area during February, make sure you stop by to see this amazing event. Thanks for the visit. Enjoy your week.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      This is a cool festival, a treat for the eyes. The paintings are so beautiful, they must be really talented. Great video.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Vellur! It was fun seeing all the beautiful art work. Indeed it is a cool festival. Hope you are enjoying a great day.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi teaches12345,

      Wow! this is beautiful, i love painting but i find it very tough. I have never heard of street painting and i would like to attend Lake Worth Street Painting Festival and see how it is done. Great article, voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...this must be some experience to watch since I am not a good artist.

      One must be feeling so liberated to draw out their feelings on nature/street instead of a canvas!

      Thanks for an enlightening hub, Dianna.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dwachira, I am not much of a chalk artist, but I love to watch these artists in action. I am sure you would have a good time if you came. Hope all is well in Kenya.

      Ruchira, I do believe the fun is in getting to draw on the street. How many of us would love to do this any day? Thanks for the feedback. Enjoy your day.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! This is awesome, and these artists so talented. Thanks for sharing, Dianna!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I live so close to this Festival...there is NO excuse for my now going. I intend to do just that next year.

      The art work is just beautiful, and I enjoyed the videos, too.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Jenniferc 4 years ago

      You missed all the featured artists over on Lucerne - truly amazing work by professionals from Florida, New York and California. Check out this link to see more: http://www.amazingstreetpainting.com/recent-events...

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting hub teaches, and thank you so much for sharing this. whonu

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Some of those street paintings are absolutely amazing. Thanks for this most informative hub, teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by to view the street painting,

      Midget,

      Mary,

      Whonu,

      Jennifer (Thanks for posting the additional information! I was unable to catch all the wonderful talent.)

      Martie,

      I highly recommend visiting this next year as it is amazing to see all the talented art work. Enjoy your day and keep safe.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Teacher, thanks once again for sharing "The Lakeworth Street Art Festival"...we missed that one to, due to our Flu. But now thru your wonderful Pictures & Video I got the flavor of it. The Artists are truly Amazing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      B. Malin, sorry to hear how the flu bug deterred your visit to the event. It has been quite a season for this sickness! Glad you could tour the event through this post. Thanks for your support and comment. Stay well and safe.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have been to painting festivals here in Kathmandu. But not in street painting such as this one. It must be a great experience.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Vinaya, good to have your tour this event. It is a pretty exciting venue around here. Take care and be safe.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very beautiful. It is really wonderful to see all the paintings on the street. Thanks for sharing the history of street painting.

      It must be fun to visit the place. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, thank you for taking time to tour the event. Glad you enjoyed it. Be well and safe.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a wonderful hub and the artistic creations at the Lake Worth Street Festival are stunning and beautiful. I think what really struck me was the variety in artistic expression. For those who can attend the festival in person, this must be an experience to be savoured.

      The video with your description and background information really brought this hub to life - what a wonderful experience this must be for both adults and children!

      Voted up + shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Seeker, thank you for taking the tour of this festival. I appreciate our commenting and support. I hope things are going well for you in Scotland. Blessings.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      This was so interesting, I love all the street art and the video is fab! What a great community event to have here and one I would love to visit. Great share about a really unique event. Vu, Useful & Interesting.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I would love to be able to attend this festival. The art work is beautiful. I so enjoyed your video of this event and hope to maybe get to Florida in February one year rather than when I normally go in August or September.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      This looks like a fantastic festival that I would love to attend some day! The samples of the artwork you've shown is outstanding, and must be amazing to see in person. Voted up and shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzie,

      Susan,

      Stephanie,

      THank you for coming by to view the street art. It is indeed an amazing annual event here in South Florida. I love the 3D effects the best. I appreciate your support and hope you are all enjoying a wonderful evening. Take care and stay safe.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Looks like it was quite a fun event to attend. It is amazing to watch artists create a masterpiece before your eyes. Much like sand castle building because their efforts are here today and gone tomorrow! Loved the photos and your descriptions of the location and street painting history! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lindacee, we met some really creative artists at this event. Yes, it is great fun to watch the art unfold before your eyes. Glad you came by and that you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful evening, dear lady.

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      I am sorry I missed this---I love street art and all that goes with it. Just being in the Florida sunshine is a plus. But to be entertained also would be a fun day.

      Thanks for sharing this---I enjoyed the music with the video.

      I voted awesome and beautiful--a great hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bobbi, it is a great event and I hope that you get to go in 2014. The place has so much going on in connection with the street painting. Well worth going for an afternoon trip. Take care and stay safe.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Such a wonderful journey Dianna;you are indeed a wonderful teacher and here's to many more gems from you.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      It's a very interesting and unique festival. Thanks for sharing it, including the history. It's so kind of them to make it a Free Admission too.

      Best Wishes

      Elena

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Avneet,

      Eddy,

      Lady E,

      Thank you for visiting this post and so sorry for it taking me so long to get back to you with appreciation. My work schedule is keeping me way too busy. I need to attend more of these events as well in order to keep my life balanced! I just missed the hot air balloon event in Lake Worth this past weekend.. boo hoo. Enough tears, I am thankful for your comments and support. If you are ever down this way during February, please stop in and visit this event -- let me know and I'll join you!

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teaches, wonderful and informative hub on the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. I was amazed at the unique talent revealed through the hands of artists in the video about this Festival.

      How I would love to see this wonderful festival in person. I stand in awe of the expressions that come from these gifted hands. Thank you for sharing the Painting Festival in such a beautiful and well put together piece.

      Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Mekenzie, I hope you get to visit this event some day. You would enjoy the talent and variety of drawings. Enjoy your evening, dear lady.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for taking us on this fine and beautiful trip. I enjoyed the video and the history of the festival, as well.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Rajan,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. It is a festival we truly enjoyed this year.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is amazing.. I love street painting.. that takes real talent.. I am so glad you wrote this..

      blessings

      deb

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi Deborah!

      It does take talent and lots of patience. These artists certainly know how to draw a crowd, no pun intended. Be at peace.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I absolutely love this hub. The video is wonderful and I love the music you chose to go with it! I have been to Lake Worth, but I was unaware of the street art every February. I must see this some day. I love how your presented this information - so creative.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello Suzette!

      This event is such a nice break during the Florida winter months (if you consider winter a season here!). We always have the best time looking at the art and dining at one of the unique restaurants. Hope you get to visit it this coming year.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article! This looks interesting and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello Rose,

      Thanks for voting this post up. I am glad you enjoyed the highlights of this event. It is fun to attend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm ashamed of myself. I lived in South Florida from 1976 to 1987 and never knew about this. What's worse is my sister lives in Lake Worth, so I have no excuse! This is awesome. I'll have to check it out sometime.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Bravewarrior, you can always come for a visit. I bet your sister would really like that. Enjoy your day and I hope it is sunny.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I love this, the video was wonderful as well as the music, I would love to visit, voted up and shared! nell

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      How fantastic these artists are, and I love the music also.

      I would love to visit someday and see this in person.

      Voted up, +++ and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Nell, hope you can visit this some day. The drawings are awesome.

      Shyron, if you do, make sure you take in the events, like the mime, they are wonderful.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Came back for another read! lol! voted up and shared!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Hey, Nell! Thanks for the return visit. I just remembered that I missed this fascinating event this year. Oh well, I can always see it here again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Found one I missed! Another great one; I really enjoyed it and the music. Up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm sharing this excellent hub Dianna. Until I read this, I didn't know anything about this festival. Now, I want to go! Very well done and thank you. Voted up and UABI.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      worthy info

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Jackie, thanks for coming back to visit this post. I so appreciate your wonderful support. Have a good day!

      Audrey, thank you for sharing this post. I missed it this past year but am looking forward to it next year.

      Sujaya, good to see you here. May your day be a good one.

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      Patricia 2 years ago

      Wow! That art is amazing!

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      When you say street painting it is exactly what you meant. Wow. How unusual, but nice.

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