The City of Santa Clarita gears up for it's annual Street Art Festival to be held in Old Town Newhall.
The City of Santa Clarita will be holding its 4th Annual Street Art Festival Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, on Main Street in Old town Newhall.
The Street Art Festival is a cultural showcase of local artists, vendors and entertainers, and has been an in-demand community event since 2004.
The festivities will kick-off with the Canyon Theatre Guild’s annual Gala fundraiser Friday night with a suave, spy-influenced “Casino Royale” theme, and will continue outside Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can expect live entertainment and music, dance performances, arts and crafts vendors, and the unique opportunity to watch street artists begin and complete their artwork throughout the day.
The festival will be stretched over five blocks on Main Street between 5th street and Lyons Avenue. Along with vendors and the street art block, this year’s festival will include a new brand-new “pop art” block, dedicated to the high school and college-aged crowd.
“We really want to draw in a audience we’ve been missing,” said Phil Lantis, arts and events administrator for the City of Santa Clarita. The pop art block will feature “really cool art methods that aren’t really traditional ‘paint-on-canvas’ or street paintings.” One of the pieces displayed will be a car painted by different artists.
The “community stage” and “music stage” will be combined this year to make space for the pop art block.
Continuing with a tradition established last year, the “Art on Canvas” competition will be open once again to students of all ages, as well as professionals. Three judges will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grade categories, and each submission will be displayed in the Art on Canvas Gallery.For more information about entering in the competition, visit http://www.streetartfest.com/canvas.asp  to download an application for participation.
Hours of the Street Art Festival are 10 am-9 pm Saturday, and 10 am-6 pm Sunday. For more information about the festival, visit www.streetartfest.com .