2021 Wide Open Walls Festival Kicks Off in Sacramento

Back for its sixth season, the 2021 Wide Open Walls festival brings larger-than-life art to the streets of Sacramento.

2021 Wide Open Walls Festival Kicks Off in Sacramento

September 13, 2021 | By The Railyards

Image courtesy of @wideopenwalls

Wide Open Walls returns to Sacramento in 2021 for its sixth season, bringing larger-than-life murals to California's capital.

Since its inception in 2016, Wide Open Walls has brought over 150 works of permanent art to Sacramento. Mural subjects range from famous faces -- like Johnny Cash, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Mr. T -- as well as abstract murals bursting with color, nature and animal scenes, and even a grinning psychedelic Cheshire Cat.

Wide Open Walls Festival: Sept 9 - 19, 2021

The 2021 Festival includes self-guided tours and events throughout the week. The festival began with the grand opening of Sacramento's new street art museum, "A Space In Between," which included a 9-11 memorial mural from artist Martha Cooper.

Some festival events are ticketed and will have COVID-restrictions in place (proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within the last 72 hours), while other events are free and require no COVID-restrictions. Visit the Events page for more information.

See all festival events here.

Self-Guided Tours

2021 Wide Open Wall’s Festival is offering self-guided tours again this year as a safety precaution during COVID. You can use the interactive map on the Wide Open Walls site to plan your tour of your favorite murals from this year and year’s past. 130 works are available for self-tour.

Sacramento Artists Take Center Stage for 2021

This year's artist line-up is diverse and includes artists from all over the globe. But Sacramento-based artists make up the majority of participants in this year's Wide Open Walls.

Our home-town artists include:

  • Ana Valentine - Sacramento
  • CH3Z - Sacramento
  • Emily Ding - Sacramento
  • Gregory Shilling - Sacramento
  • Jermaine Tilson - Sacramento
  • Joha Harrison - Sacramento
  • Laurelin Gilmore - Sacramento
  • Lin Fei Fei  - Sacramento
  • M.P. Young - Sacramento
  • Rigo the Artist - Sacramento
  • Ryan “Pawn” Rhodes - Sacramento
  • Elle Street Art - Vallejo
  • Jeremy “Kolourlab” Johnson - Stockton
  • Joshua Lawyer - Santa Rosa

Learn more about all of the participating artists here.

What is your favorite Wide Open Walls mural? Be sure to take the interactive tour this year and then leave us a comment on social media to let us know which of these awe-inspiring works of art takes your breath away.

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