Each Memorial Day Weekend, East End Arts unleashes the creativity of the neighborhood and brings the community together for the Mosaic Street Painting Festival.
This family-focused event was inspired by the street artists of Grazie di Curtatone, Italy who gather each year for the Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari where the streets of the village are converted into works of art in chalk.
For one day, East End Arts converts the Downtown Riverhead area by the Peconic River into a celebration of the arts. It’s a day to stroll, enjoy the fresh air, watch artists in action, and participate in family-oriented activities. Music fills the air as do the enticing smells of the local food trucks.
Artists, musicians, and art lovers of all ages participate or watch as artists convert squares of the street into vibrant and moving works of art.
There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly event:
The festival is FREE to attend! If you’d like to create a chalk square you can pre-purchase here for $25 or purchase on the day of the event for $30. You can also pre-purchase a larger sponsor square here, common for local businesses and organizations.
This is a 4’x6′ space on the street that becomes your canvas. The price includes pastel chalks for you to use, and the chalk recycling center is a place to leave and find extras to share. There are wash stations to rinse off. You may work alone or in a group of family and friends. We encourage all street artists to bring any other tools and comfort items they may need.
Yes! The Mosaic Festival is enjoyed by all ages. Kids love creating squares, participating in the community chalk mural, and having fun in the kid zone.
The rain date for the 2023 Mosaic Festival is Monday 5/29, 2PM-5PM.
There is free lot parking on both the north and south sides of East Main St. You can also park in any legal street parking in the surrounding area. East Main St. is blocked off to vehicle traffic and parking between Roanoke Ave. and East St. beginning at approximately 8AM on festival day.
The Mosaic Festival is not just for artists. Visitors enjoy the chalk art, live entertainment, a variety of food truck options and artisan vendors, local businesses, a fine art Gallery exhibition as well as an art sale, a kid’s zone, and other fun filled activities.