Editor’s Picks: Art All Night

by Erica Moody

Celebrate Washington’s vibrant local arts scene at the city’s only overnight arts festival.

Expect performance-based art, live visual displays and live music by local artists (Photo Courtesy of Art All Night)

Night owls, this event is for you. “Art All Night,” Washington’s only free overnight arts festival, returns on Sept. 23 with a revamped agenda and neighborhood expansion.

Forms of art including painting, sculpture, dance, music, film, poetry and silent disco will take to the streets at indoor and outdoor venues in Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, North Capitol, Shaw and Tenleytown.

Don’t miss Congress Heights’ “Chocolate City Edition” featuring more than 300 artists. Also new this year, Tenleytown will offer kid-friendly arts and crafts.

The concept began in 2011 began after a group of Washington creatives and business leaders, including Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alex Padro, visited Paris to attend the Nuit Blanche overnight arts and culture festival. They returned to D.C. determined to bring that experience home.

“We wanted to produce an event that would unite the creative, cultural and international capital of our city,” Padro says.

“We redesigned the original festival and transformed it into one which brings the arts into neighborhood businesses.”

A new website optimized for mobile users helps attendees plan for the night in advance. Visit artallnightdc.com to start planning.

“Art All Night” takes place on September 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

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