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An overnight art festival will pop up across D.C. September 14

“Art All Night” showcases work by local artists into the early morning hours

A city circle at night, with a bright streetlight and trees.
Dupont Circle at night

Over 500 local artists are set to participate in D.C.’s annual “Art All Night” event September 14—a free, eight-hour showcase of visual and performing arts that will take place across the city. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., the artists will show off their skills and creations in eight District neighborhoods that have city-sponsored Main Streets programs. Those neighborhoods are:

The festival started in 2011 in Shaw and was based on a similar citywide event in Paris called “Nuit Blanche,” according to the organizers. Each neighborhood has a different theme. This year, for example, Shaw’s will be “#ShawtasticVoyage,” while Congress Heights’ will be “The Art of Chocolate City.” The Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Small and Local Business Development, which manages Main Streets, support the festival.

This post has been updated to reflect the 2019 theme for Shaw’s Art All Night event.