The museum will have 20 professional chalk artists from all over the country for their premier event, the Marietta ChalkFest.
The ChalkFest will take place in front of the museum, which sits on Atlanta Street just one block south of the Marietta Square.
Visitors will be able to watch the artists draw on the sidewalks during the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Admission is free.
Last year, museum executives estimated about 3,800 people visited the museum during the art festival and they expect the number of visitors to increase this year.
“It’s going to be so much bigger and better this year,” said Sally Macaulay, executive director of the museum.
There will also be a chalk art competition Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
This event is open to the public and participants will be given a square to decorate on Anderson Street in Marietta. There will be adult and children’s divisions.
First-place for the adults will be $300, and the children’s division will award their first place winner a $20 gift certificate.
The museum will provide the chalk for the competition. There is a $25 entry fee for adults and a $10 entry fee for children ages 13 and younger.
In addition to participating in Marietta Art in the Park, the museum will debut several new exhibits throughout 2013 and 2014.
The museum will stage a folk art exhibition this fall followed by a Steve Penley exhibit from January 2014 to March 2014, in addition to several others.
For more information about the museum and the Marietta ChalkFest, visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org.
THE MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART
Where: 30 Atlanta St., Marietta, 30060
When: 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays.
Cost: Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children.
Information: Call (770) 528-1444 or visit www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org