Chalk the Block is having its quinceañera October 7-9, and a special day deserves a special musical headliner. Cue Sparta.

The rock and roll band from El Paso returns to the stage to help the largest free public arts festival in the region celebrate 15 years in the 915.

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About Chalk the Block

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Chalk the Block Facebook

Break out the chalk and your artistic skills. Chalk the Block is back downtown live and in living color for 2022.

The homegrown event isn’t just about drawing on sidewalks and streets. There are interactive art installations, live bands, a sidewalk chalk art competition, a vendor marketplace, and food trucks.

And chalk. Lots of chalk.

If you’ve never taken the kiddos, you are really missing out on a kid-friendly experience they will absolutely love. I mean, what kid doesn't like to chalk up sidewalks?

But you don't have to be a kid to draw on the pavement; everyone is encouraged to flex their artistic skills and paint the town red -- and purple, and blue, and yellow, and every other color in the box of chalk.


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Sparta Facebook

This year the San Jacinto Plaza Main stage is highlighting local talent with all-local music artists. That includes the guitar rock of Sparta.

The Jim Ward-led band is currently on its first North American tour in over two years and will be making a stop in Ward's hometown at Chalk the Block.

Ward and El Paso native Matt Miller will be playing a few tunes from their fifth studio album - the band's first as a duo - on Saturday, October 8. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

Frontera Bugalú, Feline Fox, Stan Z, Lavell Jones, and Pie Sisters will also take the stage throughout the weekend.

2022 Must-See Activities

Brian Wancho via Chalk the Block Facebook
Brian Wancho via Chalk the Block Facebook

Mural Walk: Curated by El Paso illustrator and muralist Christina Apodaca – Pedestrian Pathway

Kids Zone: InterExtreme – Oregon St

Chalk-Bot: Installation by Fab Lab – Arts Festival Plaza

Bike Zoo: Installation by Jeremy Rosen, Austin, TX – Various Downtown Locations

Intrude (Sm): Installation by Parer Studio, Sydney, Australia – Various Downtown Locations

Cloud Swing: Installation by Lindsay Glatz, New Orleans, Louisiana – San Jacinto Plaza

What to Know

Brian Wancho via Chalk the Block Facebook
Brian Wancho via Chalk the Block Facebook

Where: Downtown Arts District

Friday 10/7: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10/8: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10/9: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission: Free

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