Inside the lines

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

Chalk It Up! Festival participants will give their annual makeover to the sidewalk around Fremont Park from September 2 to 4. Since 1991, this no-cover festival has offered cement squares to both young energetic scribblers and adult masters of calcium carbonate. There will also be 75 arts-and-crafts booths and a ton of food options, including long-smoked meats from Post Oak Barbecue, hot dogs and “twisted tacos” from Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, and Sriracha fries and grilled rock cod tacos from the Cali Love Food Truck. For the thirsty, a beer and wine garden will offer mimosas, sangrias and beers from Track 7 and Lagunitas Brewing Cos. And the sweet-toothed can choose from Conscious Creamery’s gelato or a slate of bundt cakes from Spirit Cakes. Perhaps Sacramento’s best family-centric event, Chalk It Up! routinely attracts more than 60,000 people. It’s as critical to a Sacramento summer as the Delta breeze. Learn more at