2023 Festival Dates To Be Announced
Downtown Hillsboro, Oregon in the Cultural Arts District
About La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival
La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival is a summer festival in Hillsboro, Oregon. It is supported in part by City of Hillsboro, is a community engagement distinct from all others offered in the Portland area and Oregon’s Washington, Clackamas, or Multnomah Counties. This Oregon chalk art festival provides a window into the creative process wherein festival goers can engage with nationally-recognized and emerging visual artists as they carefully manipulate bold, colorful pigments to produce huge, temporary drawings down the center of the street(s); most averaging 10’x10’.
Simultaneous to the visual arts exhibitions, local performing artists fill the air with rhythm and sound from the festival’s main stage. Local art vendors also line the streets offering unique items and inspirations to attendees. Children of all ages are encouraged to take part in hands-on activities being provided by local nonprofit organizations. The annual summer art festival, held in Downtown Hillsboro’s Cultural Arts District, combines community engagement and art appreciation into one FREE fun-filled weekend!
From its creative core to its business partners, La Strada dei Pastelli’s goal is to build visibility for Washington County’s unique and diverse community assets.
2022 Festival Recap
Approximately 40,000 attendees came to our 4th annual chalk art festival La Strada dei Pastelli on July 16-17, 2022! The 25 award-winning and emerging artists from Oregon, California, Virginia and Georgia transformed Main Street into a gallery full of colorful and vibrant legos, pandas, bubbles, and portraits of kids playing all according to the year’s theme of “Joyful Play.” Winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ was husband and wife team Wayne and Cheryl Renshaw, with their 3D image of two girls playing on bouncy balls. In the community chalk area, kids created their own chalk masterpieces, filling over 1,000 squares. The festival’s inaugural year in Downtown Hillsboro gathered together people of all ages, races, abilities, and interests to enjoy live art, local music, vendors, and hands-on activities for the kids.
La Strada’s Roots
La Strada was created by 2D4D, a regionally-minded arts nonprofit organization who’s mission is to “EMPOWER, ENGAGE, and ADVOCATE for artists and arts-leaders working in the 2-dimensional and 4-dimensional (time-based) fields in order to strengthen our creative-community’s collective social impact.”
The inaugural Festival was held in August 2019 at Beaverton’s Cedar Hills Crossing Complex. It showcased 63 performers on the main stage, 28 chalking artists both local and nationally-recognized, and 42 vendors. The Festival attracted 7,300 attendees with support from City of Beaverton, Patricia Reser, and 60+ local sponsors!
After the 2021 Festival, La Strada was transferred to Tualatin Valley Creates as a means for long-term event stability and an opportunity for Tualatin Valley Creates to provide a truly all-ages engagement that bridges the creative community to the local business sector. Moving forward it will now be a Tualatin Valley Creates annual program.
La Strada in the News
Read more about this Oregon summer art festival in the articles below:
Oregon ArtsWatch: Chalk up another win for art (8/12/2019)
Cheers to 2022’s Festival Sponsors!
Shelley & Mark Fagin