Celebrating its ninth year, the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival will feature over 150 pieces of  hand-crafted chalk art in San Jose’s Backesto Park.

The free festival is scheduled for Sep. 17 and is expected to attract more than 3,000 artist and community members, all of whom will be invited to take up their own pieces of chalk and go to work throughout the park. Attendees can expect to see plenty of original works alongside traditional Italian madonarri paintings and the ever-impressive pieces that appear to be 3-D from a certain vantage. Artists of all abilities and styles are invited to participate in the event.

This year the festival partnered with San Jose Jazz Boombox to create a lineup of exciting performers. Sweet HayaH will bring their unique soul-funk sound, while Coffee Zombie Collective will put an acoustic twist on well-known tunes. Further entertainment will be provided by Movimiento Cosmico—a troupe of dancers who work to synchronize their movements with the Earth and cosmos—a popular style in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Food vendors for 2016 include Sonia’s Sweets & Eats, Mona’s Fruits, Twisted Chill, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, Thanks Coffee and Capelo’s Hill Country BBQ with more to be announced.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Luna Park Arts Foundation which supports arts in schools and provides grants to educators to fund instruction, supplies, or students directly. Schools interested in applying for grants can register to participate in the 2016 Luna Park Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, Sep 17. Schools must participate in the festival to be eligible for grants.