An effort to beautify Binghamton has moved out of downtown and into the Northside.

The 3rd annual Mural Fest will take place this Saturday at Cheri Lindsey Park and the backside of the neighboring Binghamton Plaza building.

Members of the community can assist with painting murals on the bath house, the Bark Park building and the portion of Binghamton Plaza that once housed OTB.

On Tuesday, artist Bruce Greig was prepping the site for a 20×120 foot mural spelling “Binghamton” that will be seen from the highway.

Mark Bowers is a member of the Department of Public Art which is organizing the event.

“We feel that art can help create community. And that’s what we want to do, to help people have a better image of their neighborhoods and take pride in where they live and work and play,” he said.

In addition to the 3 large murals, artists will paint wooden and fabric panels to be installed in other locations around town.

Plus plenty of kids activities including painting animal figures cut out of cardboard.

And there will be live music, vendors and food for sale.

Mural Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.