STREET ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BRECKENRIDGE 4th of July Weekend

Breckenridge Creative Arts is pleased to announce the return of its 3-day Street Arts Festival as part of the Fourth of July weekend activities in Breckenridge. Now in its second year, the festival, which runs July 2–4 from 12 pm to 4 pm each day, transforms the downtown Breckenridge Arts District, from Ridge Street along Washington Avenue to Main Street, into a place where community artists of all ages gather—joining established graffiti, chalk, hip-hop, and breakdance artists—to make art.

SAF-Chalk Artist Naomi

“Drawing with chalk and playing with paint is very nostalgic,” said Robb Woulfe, president of Breckenridge Creative Arts, the producer of the Street Arts Festival. “It brings back memories so many of us share. We think this is great opportunity for people to connect, to express themselves creatively, and also to see some excellent work by our featured artists.”

SAF-General

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Street Arts Festival features outdoor murals, installations and performances with some of the best regional and national artists working across the street arts disciplines. There will be demonstrations by graffiti artists, who will be creating family-friendly spray paint works on freestanding canvases and special cellophane strung between lampposts. Professional chalk artists will render their visions on asphalt. There will be a DJ spinning tunes, a break dancing group throwing down, and hip-hop dance classes offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Studios on the Arts District campus will also be animated throughout the festival with free make-and-take art projects for families and children.

SAF-Graffiti Artist Emit

This year’s festival highlights include: 3-D pavement drawings and sidewalk illusion by chalk artists Naomi Haverland, Micah Hollenbeck, Benjamin Hummel and Cara Lynch; temporary graffiti murals by “Gamma” Acosta, Jeremiah Clark “Jher451”, Chuck “Emit” and James “East” Foster; and breakdance performances and hip-hop classes offered by members from Streetside South, a Denver dance training studio.And, of course, the annual chalk art contest returns—a Fourth of July favorite that has been going on for more than a decade. Participants spend a couple hours completing their chalk drawings on Washington Avenue, followed by judging and awards. The chalk art contest, which is free and designed for children and teens, starts on Monday, July 4 at 12 pm and offers cash prizes for 1st–3rd place in age group. Participants can sign-up and get their chalk at the Fuqua Livery Stable; the numbered chalk squares are located on Washington Avenue. Contest judging begins at 3 pm, and winners will be announced at 4 pm.

“It’s exciting to see the street filled with families and kids being creative,” said Jenn Cram, BCA’s director of public programs and engagement. “Washington Avenue becomes bright and colorful for a moment in time—and then the rain comes and washes it all away. It’s true ephemeral art.”

Artists in the Street Arts Festival will be working and performing throughout the weekend with visual artworks being completed by 4 pm on July 4. Graffiti and chalk art will be on display through July 4.

Recognized as one of the top mountain resort destinations in the world, Breckenridge is a beautiful and historic Colorado town that attracts over a million visitors yearly. Nestled in the heart of the Central Rocky Mountains, the town offers year-round activities to please outdoor enthusiasts, vacationing families and cultural travelers.

As an umbrella organization that promotes arts, culture and creative experiences, Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA) is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties and partnerships which collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. BCA’s signature events include the Fire Arts Festival, WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, Street Arts Festival, Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) and the annual Dia de losMueros celebration. From quality performing and visual arts to the development of the Breckenridge Arts District, a Colorado-Certified Creative District, Breckenridge Creative Arts is a transformative force for Breckenridge and the greater Summit County community. For more information visit breckcreate.org.

The Street Arts Festival is made possible with support from the Town of Breckenridge. A detailed schedule of festival events follows. For the most up-to-date information, please visit: breckcreate.org/saf.

Saturday, July 2

12 to 4 pm

Watch chalk and graffiti artists create sidewalk illusion and temporary murals while a DJ spins hip-hop jams. Various locations on the Breckenridge Arts District campus

FREE

 
12 to 4 pm
Graffiti Pendant (silversmithing workshop) Instr: Martha Peterson-Glomb
Hot Shop
$55

 
1 to 1:20 pm
Freestyle Breakdancing “Cypher” Performance by Streetside South Ridge Street Art SquareFREE

 
2 to 2:45 pm
Intro to Hip-Hop Workshop by Streetside South Dance Studio Old Masonic Hall
FREE

 
2:30 to 2:50 pm
Freestyle Breakdancing “Cypher” Performance by Streetside South Ridge Street Art Square
FREE

 
3 to 4 pm
Street Art Flags for Kids
Instr: Jennifer Thompson Main Studio Old Masonic Hall
FREE

 
Sunday, July 3
12 to 4 pm
Watch chalk and graffiti artists create sidewalk illusion and temporary murals while a DJ spins hip-hop jams. Various locations on the Breckenridge Arts District campus
FREE

12 to 3 pm
Stencil + Sidewalk: Chalk-It-Up (spray-chalk community installation) Instr: Cara Lynch
Meet at the Fuqua Livery Stable
FREE

1 to 1:20 pm
Freestyle Breakdancing “Cypher” Performance by Streetside South Ridge Street Art Square
FREE

2 to 2:45 pm 

Intro to Hip Hop Workshop by Streetside South Dance Studio Old Masonic Hall

FREE

3 to 3:20 pm
Freestyle Breakdancing “Cypher” Performance by Streetside South Ridge Street Art Square
FREE
Monday, July 4

12 to 4 pm
Watch chalk and graffiti artists create sidewalk illusion and temporary murals while a DJ spins hip-hop jams. Various locations on the Breckenridge Arts District campus
FREE

12 to 3pm
Chalk Art Contest for Kids and Teens
Cash Prizes for 1st- 3rd place in age group
Sign-up and get chalk at the Fuqua Livery Stable; numbered chalk squares located on Washington Avenue Judging starts at 3 pm, winners announced at 4 pm
FREE
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 In addition, the Town of Breckenridge has HUGE lineup of 4th of July Weekend events planned:

Breck July4 giant flag by Carl Scofield cropped

Free concert by Dirty Dozen Brass Band (July 4): Started as a traditional brass band, Dirty Dozen goes beyond the New Orleans songbook, finding connections amongst a wider range of music that has endeared them to critics, fellow musicians and a multi-generational, global audience. BreckCreate.org

 

First Firken Fridays at the Blue Stag (July 1): As part of their new Firkin Porch Parties, the Blue Stag Saloon is partnering with Boulder Beer Company to create a custom firkin (cask fermented) brew for the holiday weekend. Blue Stag Facebook page

 

Wynonna & The Big Noise (July 3): Breckenridge Music Festival’s Blue River Series brings to Breckenridge five-time Grammy winner and The New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd and her new band, The Big Noise. BreckenridgeMusicFestival.com

 

Town parade and free kids’ activities (July 4): Led by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race, Breckenridge’s Main Street parade offers up an incredible marching band and concludes with free kids’ activities including pony rides, a drum circle and water fights on Main Street. GoBreck.com

 

Fireworks and patriotic concert with the National Repertory Orchestra (July 4): Close out the holiday weekend with a free concert by the National Repertory Orchestra (reserved indoor seats are just $20) and a fireworks show above town. GoBreck.com

 

Enjoy the Holiday!

Photo Credits: Breck Create

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