Annual street art festival Chalk on the Water returning to Lake Anne this June

Chalk on the Water, an annual street-art festival held at Reston’s Lake Anne Village Center, returns June 9 and 10, 11 am. – 5 p.m. Presented by Public Art Reston and Lake Anne, this two-day festival invites artists of all skill levels to create chalk drawings on Lake Anne’s Washington Plaza, Reston’s most historic area. Participants may register in three categories including Professional Artists, Amateur Artists, Families & Kids for a fee, and prizes will be awarded in all categories.

“I always enjoy Chalk on the Water,” says Bruce Wright, last year’s first place winner in the category of Amateur Artists. “It’s a fun event, and the artists have great support from the event sponsors. It’s a challenge to come up with a compelling drawing for the event, and a little intimidating to draw in public, but it’s always worth the effort. It’s also fun watching the reactions of people walking by, especially kids, and hearing their comments about the drawings. I look forward to participating again this year!”

Last year’s festival attracted a greater turnout than any previous year, completely selling out for the first time. This year’s festival will feature face painter Becky Nelson as well as snow cones and popcorn sold by Reston Association, which has pledged to donate a percentage of those sales to Public Art Reston.

2017 first prize winner in the category of professional artists drawing by Ben Morse. Photo credit: Public Art Reston

“Public Art Reston is excited to be hosting Chalk on the Water for a fifth year,” says Anne Delaney, executive director of Public Art Reston. “Every year, we are so pleased by the skill level and talent of participating artists, seasoned and amateur.”

Online registration to participate in the festival is now open and will close June 8 at 5 p.m. Participants may also register on-site the day of the event. More information about Chalk on the Water at Lake Anne 2018 may be found on Public Art Reston’s website,


Public Art Reston wishes to thank the Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar and Reston Association Camps for their support of this event.

Public Art Reston was founded in 2007 by Reston civic and community organizations and leaders. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that imagines public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. For more information about Public Art Reston, visit

Top photo credit: Public Art Reston

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