Chalk-full-o-fun festival returns

Aug 15, 2023

On Saturday, Aug. 19., artists will “chalk the sidewalk” of Onset for the Onset Bay Association's 9th annual Chalk-Full-O-Fun Festival.

Held at the Lillian Gregerman Bandshell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival will have artists, music, food and drink.

“It’s become a really popular event,” explained Kat Jones, executive director of the Onset Bay Association. “We are excited to be back at the bandshell this year – our home base.”

This year’s featured artist is Amanda Sellars, who will have a large space and a “spotlight to express themselves,” according to Jones. 

“I love that it becomes a public art display that lasts a couple days,” said Jones. “It’s just amazing what people can create with chalk.” 

The theme for the 9th annual chalkfest is “weird, wacky and wonderful.”

Prizes will be awarded for "People's Choice" and "Honorable Mention."

The Wareham Land Trust will be sponsoring prizes for the chalk panel that best captures the natural beauty of Onset and Wareham. Based on votes from the public at the land trust’s table, two prizes will be awarded.

As the artists work, an artisan craft fair with over 20 craft vendors will be selling handmade items, including Chasing Threads, Boogie Bracelets, Hero's Hobby Wind Chimes.

Caricature artist Noa Juarez will be making portraits from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. In the case of rain, Juarez will be at the OBA office at 196 Onset Avenue.

Pete and Beth Sanders will perform acoustic music at the event from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For $5, artists can have their own square of sidewalk to draw on. To sign up as an artist, email All ages and abilities are welcome.

In case of rain, the Chalk-Full-O-Fun Festival will be held on Sunday, August 20.

The event is sponsored in part by grants from the Wareham Cultural Council and Rochester Cultural Council.