The best street art festivals all over the world

Kristopher Ho making mural, HK walls, Hong Kong, street art festival
Mural by Kristopher Ho, HK walls, Photo credit: Daniel Murray

Going to a street art festival can be one of the best ways to experience this art form. Usually, street art is spread out across a city, so it’s difficult to experience it all at once like other art forms which you can find in a gallery. Street art festivals solve this problem by turning cities into galleries on a huge scale! Discover this dynamic and impressive art form by exploring the street art festivals which you can find all over the world with Artsper. 

1. SHINE Mural Festival – Florida

Mural by Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows, SHINE Mural Festival, Florida, street art festival
Mural by Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows, SHINE Mural Festival, Photo credit: WFTS

This street art festival unites the local community in celebration of the city’s creative excellence. For over a week, artists decorate the streets of Florida with their impressive and vibrant works. This year, it will take place October 15th – 24th 2021 – if you want to go to a festival which will brighten your day, SHINE is the one for you!

2. Upfest – Bristol

Greta Thunberg mural, Jody, Upfest, Bristol, street art festival
Mural by Jody, Upfest

In Bristol, artists like Banksy have been using the streets as their canvas for a long time, so it’s no wonder that Bristol Upfest has become Europe’s largest street art festival. As the street art capital of Britain, it’s almost difficult to imagine that there’s space for more of this art to be added in Bristol! Unfortunately 2021’s Upfest has been rescheduled for 2022, but that just means that you have more time to make your plans to get there and see it. 

3. Street Art Fest – Grenoble

Polar bear mural, NEVERCREW, Street Art Fest, Grenoble, street art festival
Mural by NEVERCREW, Street Art Fest, Photo credit: Le DL /Serge MASSÉ

This festival takes place over the space of a few months, so a huge number of different artworks are able to be painted on the streets of Grenoble and other cities during this time. Usually, artists from all over are invited to take part and create in this festival. Put May 2022 on your agenda, so you can check it out and discover remarkable artworks like this environmental piece!

4. Afri-cans Street Art Fest – Kampala

"Life is about adventure" mural, Afri-cans Street Art Fest, Uganda, street art festival
Mural, Afri-cans Street Art Fest, Photo Credit: Robin Letellier

Afri-cans street art fest is based in Uganda, but it welcomes artists from all over the world. Covering more than just graffiti, musicians and dancers take part in this dynamic celebration of street art in all its possible forms. It lasts for two days only, so make sure to experience as much as you can while it’s there!

5. HK walls – Hong Kong

Saikung mural by Devil, HK walls, Hong Kong, street art festival
Mural by Devil, HK walls, Photo credit: Daniel Murray

The creative process is often a mystery to those of us who prefer to admire art than to make it. HK walls aims to get rid of this mystery, at least for one week per year! Based in Hong Kong, this festival oversees the creation of some seriously exciting artworks in the streets of this big city. It takes place in March every year, so if you’ll be in China in March 2022, it’s definitely worth checking out!

6. MURAL Festival – Montréal

Smiley face skull mural by Ron English, MURAL festival, Montréal, street art festival
Mural by Ron English, MURAL festival, Photo credit: 2021 FESTIVAL MURAL

Go to Montréal if you want to experience a cultural event which highlights Canada’s best street art creatives in a two week long festival. If this sounds like your kind of thing, unfortunately you’ve just missed the chance to go to this year’s festival. But that’s all the more time to plan your trip for 2022!

7. Brisbane Street Art Festival – Brisbane

Colorful mural by MIMI, Brisbane Street Art Festival, Australia, street art festival
Mural by MIMI, Brisbane Street Art Festival

Also two weeks long, the Brisbane Street Art Festival sees the creation of over 40 artworks in the city in this time. Furthermore, it boasts an impressive events program which runs alongside the creation of the art. Make space in your calendar for May 2022 if you want to unite surfing and art!

It’s worldwide…

You can explore a city and its artists at the same time at street art festivals! Street art is such a dynamic and impressive art form, it’s so exciting when you come across a piece for the first time. Discover more street art on Artsper!

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