The Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival returned to Memorial Day weekend May 30. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead’s Main Street was transformed into a colorful canvas of chalk art Sunday afternoon with the return of the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival to Memorial Day weekend.

Canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the festival was postponed to Labor Day weekend last year due to COVID concerns and the turnout of artists and visitors was lighter than usual.

The 26th annual event came back with new life and enthusiasm, as dozens of chalk artists of all ages and abilities worked their magic on the pavement.

The festival, a perennial favorite that draws thousands of visitors to downtown Riverhead, also features live music and dance performances, vendors along East Main Street and art exhibits and activities on the grounds of the East End Arts Council, which has produced the festival since 1996.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.