DC Art All Night Festival paints the District red

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DC’s Art All Night Festival returns this weekend, featuring more than 100 local artists, as well as live performances, interactive arts activities and more, spanning all eight neighborhoods.

DC’s Art All Night Festival returns this weekend for its 11th year, featuring more than 100 local artists, plus live performances, interactive arts activities and more across all eight neighborhoods.

Events begin across the city on Friday evening and continue through Saturday evening. Attendees can find a map of neighborhoods hosting events at Art All Night websitewhich includes links to more detailed event calendars.

“DC artists and creators help us celebrate our community’s history and culture, and this weekend we celebrate and honor them,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. said in a press release. “When we support our creatives and their businesses, we support the kind of growth and innovation that helps our corridors, neighborhoods, communities and residents thrive.”

On Friday, events will take place in Anacostia, Petworth, NoMA, Columbia Heights, Glover Park and Georgetown, among others. On Saturdays there are events around U Street, Shaw, Dupont Circle, H Street, Tenleytown, Congress Heights and more.

Some interesting Friday events include the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies at the African Union Mission; the world’s largest collection of harmonica cases at McCormick Paints; jazz performances at the VIP Room; a flower arranging course at Flowers by Alexes; a silent rooftop nightclub in Provost; a performance of the Opera-tizers in Sfoglina; live demonstrations at Eastern Market Pottery and a drive-in art gallery in Anacostia.

On Saturday, festival-goers can enjoy a Black Beer Garden in the Howard Theater parking lot; music and fashion storefronts in Congress Heights; the Woodley Park Arts Market at the 2600 block of Connecticut Avenue; the Black Broadway on U Immersive Experience at the Masonic Temple, and a special “DC Craft: Past and Present DC Beer All Week(end)” mini-market at the Heurich House Biergarten, among other events.

This year marks the second in-person Art All Night festival since 2019; in 2021, the festival attracted 120,000 visitors to 19 neighborhoods in the district.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has gone entirely virtual, with over 25,000 live viewers and 2.5 million social media engagements.

Launched in 2011, the festival is inspired by La Nuit Blanche in DC’s sister city, Paris – a dusk-to-dawn arts festival taking place across the city; that year, the festival drew approximately 30,000 DMV visitors.

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