Previously held in Beaverton, the summer art exhibition comes to downtown Hillsboro.

FILE PHOTO: 2019 - Cynthia Kostylo works on her chalk art work during La Strada dei Pastelli in Beaverton in 2019. The festival has moved to Hillsboro this year. The La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival's first year in Hillsboro kicks off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17.

The summer art festival, which turns city blocks into stunning chalk art displays, was previously held in Beaverton in 2019 and 2021. Now, it's moved to the Washington County seat for a summer weekend.

Created by a local nonprofit, 2D4D, and taken over by the Tualatin Valley Creates organization in the past year, the La Strada festival brings artists together to create large chalk illustrations on the streets.

"The annual summer art festival … combines community engagement and art appreciation into one free, fun-filled weekend," says the announcement from Tualatin Valley Creates.

Most chalk art works average about 10-foot squares, the event website notes. While many displays come from local artists, previous years have featured artists from across the United States and even from other countries.

In Hillsboro, the works of art will be seen lining East Main Street between First and Fourth avenues. In addition to the chalk displays, there will also be live musical performances.

The event will also feature dozens of vendors, including local artisans and restaurants. It is free and open to the public.

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