Chalk The Walk 2024

Chalk the Walk Community Piece May 2018

Chalk The Walk 2024

The 19th annual Chalk the Walk, Iowa’s largest-ever Madonnari Festival, is a two-day festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in Uptown Mount Vernon.

Additional details will be available closer to the date of the event.

Collaborative Centerpiece

The 2024 collaborative centerpiece will be announced prior to Chalk the Walk.

Chalk the Walk is based on an original art form that began in Italy in the 16th century. Called Madonnari, this form of public art was originally done by street artists hoping to collect coins from passersby. Images back then were based on religious themes, and as the Madonna was a popular subject, the artists became known as the “Madonnari.”

Applications Will Be Available Online

  • Artist application
  • Food vendor application
  • Volunteer application

About Mount Vernon

Historic Mount Vernon, Iowa, is home to 4500 residents, including 1200 college students enrolled at Cornell College. Located in Eastern Iowa at the intersection of Highways 30 and 1, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids, it boasts a vibrant uptown business community with numerous antique and specialty stores, restaurants, coffee houses, commercial art galleries, and three National Historic Districts.

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May 05 2024


10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa
1st Street and Iowa 1


Joe Jennison
(319) 210-9935
[email protected]