(Photograph courtesy of Lynn Ruck, Ruck Photography)

Most adults think their days of sidewalk chalk art are long gone. No more bright yellow flowers and beaming neon smiley faces, right? Let loose and give up the notion that sidewalk chalk is only for the kids. SPARKcon and downtown Raleigh are giving everyone the chance to show off their sidewalk skills in the 2009 Street Painting Festival.

This year’s festival will take place on Fayetteville St. and will be a part of Raleigh’s own SPARKcon, a festival celebrating local cultural and artists September 17-20. The event is hosted by the Visual Art Exchange and has brought in masses of Triangle residents and visitors in the past. According to their website, last year’s festival brought in over 400 artists and almost 10,000 spectators. That’s a lot of chalk!

The festival is also very crowd-involved as it features People’s Choice Voting, Scrap Exchange, KidsCHALK, face painting and more. Not to mention, most of the festival’s components are FREE, providing room to draw in even more participants and patrons this year.

Don’t miss out on reliving your childhood days and getting a little dirty. Check out the festival’s website for more details and to learn more about SPARKcon 2009.