FLLuxe’s chalk artists coming to downtown Panama City

PANAMA CITY — An interactive arts festival that combines street chalk art installations with live music, art projects, and creative vendors is returning for another year in historic downtown Panama City.

Bay Arts Alliance will hold its second annual Florida Luxe Arts Festival — or FLLuxe — on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Destination Panama City, 101 W. Beach Drive. 

On Friday, the Panama City Center for the Arts invites the community to help fill up their parking lot with chalk art butterflies, starting at 9 a.m. All supplies will be on hand, and it’s free to participate. 

Bay Arts Alliance will hold its second annual FLLuxe Arts Festival on Saturday. The chalk art festival, shown here in 2021, features local and national chalk artists and musicians creating their work on the streets of downtown.

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The Bay Arts Alliance team is adding more fun to this year’s festival, hoping for a bigger and better year. FLLuxe is free, and everyone is encouraged to join the fun with chalk and entertainment. 

“After a fantastic first year, we wanted to up our game with some additional elements,” said Jayson Kretzer, Bay Arts Alliance executive director. “So, in addition to adding more street painters, we’ll have family-friendly art projects, more musicians, art cars, and a temporary graffiti wall for folks to try their hand at spray painting.”

Bay Arts Alliance will hold its second annual FLLuxe Arts Festival on Saturday. The chalk art festival, shown here in 2021, features local and national chalk artists and musicians creating their work on the streets of downtown.

The idea of the FLLuxe Arts Festival came to light shortly after Hurricane Michael, Kretzer said. The Bay Arts Alliance team wanted to create a festival that would feature a combination of arts, including murals, chalk art, projections, and live music. 

The first festival was scheduled for the spring of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event a year and scaled it down to an outdoor chalk festival in 2021. Inspired by the names of popular festivals like Bonaroo and Lollapalooza, “FLLuxe” was born with hopes that the brand name was something that would stick with visitors. 

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