Save The Date: Come Downtown For Music Food & Pastels on 5th

See Local Artists Create Masterpieces to benefit Alternatives to Violence September 9th 10am - 5pm

By RoseMarie Massaro Article - Bill Stratton Photography August 14, 2023

Have you been to Pastels on 5th? 

Now in its thirteenth year, Pastels on 5th is one of Northern Colorado’s most highly-anticipated and well-loved events. 

The free, family-friendly festival brings together artists, businesses and vendors to transform Downtown Loveland into a spectacular sidewalk art gallery. Most importantly, Pastels on 5th serves is a fundraising event for Alternatives to Violence.
This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm on 5 th Street, between
Cleveland and Lincoln Avenue in Loveland.

“We love showcasing the talents of so many of our local artists and musicians in a fun, creative and
cohesive atmosphere,” said Event Director, Vicky Paul-Bryant. “The addition of the artisan and food
vendors really makes it a great day out for the community to enjoy – all while helping a good cause.”

There is a lot planned for this year’s event:

Chalk Art: Pastels on 5th showcases sidewalk chalk art created by approximately 150 artists. Artists
spend hours transforming a sidewalk square into a work of art. Attendees are encouraged to visit the
event at different times throughout the day to watch how the chalk art comes to life. Judges select their
favorite works of art in juried awards that include cash prizes for the winning artists. 

People’s Choice: Attendees can cast their own vote for their favorite art by submitting their choices at It is $1 to vote, and all proceeds go to Alternatives to Violence. 

Live Music: The event will feature performances by local favorites. 

The line-up includes:
Dave Beegle at 12:30 pm
Girl Crush at 2:00 pm
Carnival Hustle at 3:30 pm

The Marketplace: The Marketplace section is made up of artisan goods and food vendors. Attendees
will find unique, handmade goods and delicious offerings from local food trucks. 

Kids’ Art Area: Children can enjoy creating their own works of art on the sidewalk with provided pastels.
Pastels on 5 th is made possible by the generosity of local sponsors and businesses.
To learn more about Pastels on 5 th visit and follow the Facebook page for updates on
the event.

About Alternatives to Violence:
Alternatives to Violence provides shelter, advocacy, education and resources for people impacted by
domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Since 1982, Alternatives to Violence has offered
victims the opportunity to heal both emotionally and physically in a supportive environment. Each year,
we provide emergency shelter, safety planning, advocacy, information and referrals to local resources,
crisis intervention, and in some cases longer-term housing to over 1,600 people in Loveland and
Southern Larimer County.

This year Macaroni KID Loveland will have a square at the event as a proud sponsor! Drop in September 9th between 10am and 5pm to enjoy all the fun! 

Credit for photo's goes to a wonderful photographer - Bill Stratton Photography. Find out more about Bill and his work on his website. 

See the masterpieces from 2021.