Via Colori is one of my favorite fall events in Houston. I marvel at the creativity and colorful world the chalk artists create right on the downtown streets.
This amazing annual event is celebrating its 11th year as a street festival fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech. Held November 19-20, it features 200 artists creating street chalk art, live music and family-friendly entertainment on three stages, kids’ craft zones, interactive activities, and more both days. Kids can create their own 2 ft. square chalk masterpiece for a $10 donation.
The collection of 200 artists this year feature many local artists as well as folks who traveled from France, Mexico, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania. Don’t miss the seven 3D chalk art designs this year — my favorite!
For the first time, there is an admission fee to this fundraiser event. Buy online in advance for $7 through November 18. Tickets are $10 at the door. Free general admission is available to children under 18 years and college students with valid ID. Buy tickets online here.
Enhance your festival experience with VIP Lounge, sponsored by Kroger. Your ticket provides exclusive lounge access, complimentary food and drinks, one parking pass + mini events each day. Admission is $40 online. Folks who purchase a VIP Lounge ticket will be entered to win access to Starry Night event hosted by Stella Artois. 100% of ticket sales benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech.
Check out the VIP event schedule:
10 am — Wake Up with Via Colori
1 pm – 2 pm — LB Social Hour
3 pm – 5 pm — Havana Days
10 am — Yoga and Mimosas
1 pm — TnT: Trivia ‘n Tequila
3 pm — Grateful: A Thanksgiving Celebration
Location and parking
Head downtown to find all the fun festivities at Hermann Square Park, City Hall, 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday.
This year Via Colori recommends its parking partner, Winpark Garage (1100 Smith, $20). In addition to street parking, other downtown lots and garages are available. When parking underground, follow signs to Hobby Center Parking, which is closest to the festival.