Chalk the Block celebrates the future in the present

Chalk the block will take place Oct. 6 - 8

Chalk the Block (CTB) is not only celebrating art from near and far this weekend.

The event is free to the public and there will be local vendors and food trucks.

This year , CTB , is also a celebrating their 10-year anniversary.

Graphic art on sidewalks and art installations will have an estimated forty thousand people strolling through downtown this weekend.

Erin Ritter, a spokesperson for CTB, says when the event first kicked off in 2007 downtown looked different compared to today.

With the addition of the ballpark and San Jacinto Plaza updates, revitalization is another thing to celebrate.

In addition to local art taking over the heart of El Paso this weekend, special installations will be at the event.

The Wish Tree Piece by artist Yoko Ono, John Lennon's widow is, is just one of the interactive exhibits.

Eight local trees will be displayed, and guests will fill out a card with their wish to hang on the trees.

The trees will be planted in the community after this weekends' event.

Wishes are sent to Ono and they will eventually make their way to the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland.

There they will join other wishes from around the world.

As you can imagine, this event takes up space in downtown.

Closures begin as early as 6 a.m. Friday morning.

Santa Fe, Missouri and Mills Avenue will be closed for through traffic.

There will be plenty of parking available.

Fort Bliss will be providing free shuttle rides from the military base to the event.

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