The annual Art All Night festival celebrates the visual and performing arts, showcasing the diverse talents of the city’s creative community. Public and private spaces along Wisconsin Avenue transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening of art in all its forms. And the best part? It’s all FREE!
Last year, nearly 13,000 festival attendees enjoyed exhibits, performances, and interactive art experiences in Tenleytown. And this year promises to be even bigger, better, and more diverse with 200+ artists and performers featured at 19 venues. Join us for art, music, dance, theater, and more! There’s something for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy in Tenleytown. Click the SCHEDULE tab above for all the details on Art All Night 2019 – Saturday, September 14.
And check out the video below for a sampling of art and performances from Art All Night 2018.
Art All Night is presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development in partnership with Tenleytown Main Street, Destination Congress Heights, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, H Street Main Street, Minnesota Avenue Main Street, North Capitol Street Main Street, Shaw Main Streets, and Ward 7 Business Partnership, with support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
And scroll down for general event information, including transportation, our Top Shelf drink program, and a FREE raffle for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
Tenleytown Main Street kicks off Art All Night with a special performance of music and dance at the Top of the Town as we celebrate everything that makes Tenleytown the place you want to be! Join us at the Art All Night Welcome Center (Wisconsin Ave & Brandywine Street) at 7:00 p.m.
Batala and City Dance POP! will deliver a high-energy performance featuring drums and a dance routine from the hit movie, The Greatest Showman! Afterwards, take a walk around the town and enjoy art, music, dance, poetry, theater, and more at 19 venues throughout the night. Be sure to look for Instagrammable moments throughout the neighborhood and post using the hashtags #artallnight2019 and #lovetenley.
Select programming highlights include:
Welcome Center: The Tenleytown Art All Night Welcome Center is located at 4601 41st St., NW (intersection of Wisconsin Ave. and Brandywine St.). Pick up the FREE Tenleytown Guidebook featuring a schedule and map of Art All Night events, as well as special promotions and discounts at area shops and restaurants. For our over-21 guests, Top Shelf wristbands, which give you access to cocktail, wine, and beer tastings, will be available for purchase.
Top Shelf: Back by popular demand, Top Shelf features special tastings at select Tenleytown art and performance venues. Sample cocktails, wine, and beer at five curated locations. Purchase a Top Shelf wristband in advance online or at the Welcome Center during Art All Night to enjoy these special beverage offerings.
Win Prizes from Tenleytown Businesses: Visit 12 Art All Night venues in Tenleytown and be entered into a raffle to win prizes, valued $50-$1,500, from local businesses. Make sure to get your Guidebook map punched at each venue you visit – we help get you started by giving you two free punches. There is no cost to enter the raffle; simply bring your completed map back to the Welcome Center before 11:45 p.m. Winners announced after Art All Night.
Transportation: Art All Night in Tenleytown is accessible via Metro on the Red Line. The American University will also provide free shuttle service between the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station (Red Line) and Katzen Arts Center every 15 minutes. Look for Art All Night signs marking the shuttle stops. Free event parking is available at the National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave, from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Media inquiries about Art All Night 2019 in Tenleytown can be directed to Leigh Catherine Miles, Executive Director, Tenleytown Main Street at email@example.com or 202-362-1815.
During the event, TMS will host a media center at Two Birds, 4001 Brandywine St. NW from 6-8 pm. Members of the press who wish to find out more information about this year’s Art All Night artists, performers, venues or Tenleytown Main Street can visit this location. Media kits, refreshments, and a special exhibit available. Enter through the main building double doors, to the left of the Two Birds entrance, and take the elevator to the Two Birds’ co-working space. After 8 p.m., please visit the Welcome Center.
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“Art All Night” Returns To Tenleytown, September 29, AU in the Neighborhood
Be a part of Art All Night 2019 and help make the arts come alive in Tenleytown! Click here to volunteer.
Art All Night could never take place without the help of incredible volunteers. To make the festival a great success, Tenleytown Main Street depends on local assistance of 40 – 50 amazing people with great personalities and a love for the community! Our night-of volunteers are among our most crucial roles as they provide support to our talented local artists and help festival goers enjoy all Art All Night has to offer. With multiple shifts available, you can volunteer and then explore Art All Night for the rest of the evening. All volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt as a thank you gift, and get to work with a fun, creative team.
Volunteers for Art All Night will be the first contact for many of the 13,000+ patrons expected to attend the event. Their critical role will be to welcome participants /patrons and to foster a spirit of helpfulness and hospitality. Help make Art All Night a positive and memorable experience for everyone involved – come join our volunteer team! Find out more and sign up online.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-362-1815 for more information on becoming a member of the Art All Night team.
Art All Night 2016, 2017, and 2018 images courtesy of Judy Licht Photography