The Elmira Street Painting Festival kicks off this weekend


Jennifer Herrick from Elmira Downtown Development stopped by 18 News Today to discuss the upcoming Street Painting Festival in Elmira.

The street painting festival has drawn hundreds to downtown Elmira ever since its inception 12 years ago. It showcases a brighter and more colorful Elmira and gives local artists a platform to create and be recognized by residents and city officials.

Anyone is eligible to participate. Artists can sign up anytime between now and the day of the event.

The festival will be a weekend long event, featuring live music, and kid-friendly activities. Elmira Downtown Development has partnered with CareFirst this year to host the “Ready, Set, Glow” 5k run Saturday night.

The awards and closing ceremony on Sunday at 3:45 p.m.

Several streets in downtown Elmira will be closed from Friday, July 19 starting at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday, 21 at 7 p.m.

Drivers should be aware of the following closures:

  • West Water Street from Clemens Center Parkway to Columbia Street
  • North Main Street from Ferris Street (Southside) to Church Street
  • Gray Street from College Avenue to Centertown Parking Garage

Parking will be available in the downtown parking garage next to the Clemens Center.

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