Each year, Tenleytown Main Street joins neighborhoods across the city in hosting Art All Night, offering a platform for the diverse artistic talents of those who live and work in the District. Local businesses, community institutions, and public spaces transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening celebrating the visual and performing arts. And the best part? It’s all FREE!
Art installations include photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, mixed-media, and more. Attendees are also able to enjoy live music, dance, theater, and martial arts. Interactive art experiences allow visitors to let loose their own creativity. Take part in dance classes, arts and craft programs, and henna art. The annual festival is family-friendly and offers events for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Nearly 11,000 visitors in Tenleytown enjoyed exhibits, performances, and interactive art experiences in 2017. This year we are featuring more than 100 artists and performance groups – our largest and most diverse program yet. Be a part of the celebration! Click the SCHEDULE tab above for details on Art All Night 2018 and plan your art adventure.
Art All Night is presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development in partnership with Destination Congress Heights, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, H Street Main Street, Minnesota Avenue Main Street, North Capitol Street Main Street, Shaw Main Streets, Tenleytown Main Street, and Ward 7 Business Partnership, with support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
Click venues listed below for information about art, performances, & special events at each location.
Or download a plain-text version of the schedule here.
Tenleytown Main Street kicks off Art All Night with a special performance of music and dance from around the world as we celebrate the power of the arts to transform and transport you. Join us at the Metro Plaza (Wisconsin Ave & Albemarle St) at 7:00 p.m. for performances by CityDance POP!, Alma Boliviana, Sahara Dance, and Chinese lions from Wong People.
Then, follow our performers along Wisconsin Avenue as they herald the start of the arts festival, passing Tenleytown’s art and performance venues. The procession ends back at the Metro, but your art journey is just beginning! Enjoy art, music, dance, poetry, theater, and more at 14 venues throughout the night. And look for amazing chalk art creations by Rajan Sedalia in front of the Container Store and along Tenleytown’s sidewalks as you explore Art All Night.
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, Art of the Drink wristbands, which give you access to cocktail, wine, and beer tastings, will be available for purchase.
Art of the Drink: Back by popular demand, the Art of the Drink features special tastings at select Tenleytown art and performance venues. Sample cocktails, wine, sparkling wine, and beer offered by EFFEN Vodka, Blue Coat Gin, Bin 1301 Wine Bar, Miolo Wine Group, Human Brands, and 3 Stars Brewing Company, a DC-based brewery. Whole Foods Market will also feature a selection of wines offered in their store. Purchase an Art of the Drink wristband at the Welcome Center to enjoy these special beverage offerings.
Win Prizes from Tenleytown Businesses: New for 2018! Visit 10 Art All Night venues in Tenleytown and be entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses, like Ace Hardware, Olive Bistro & Cafe, and Preservation and Framing Services. 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: The American University will 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.
Bus pick up points for Free AU Shuttle
Be a part of Art All Night 2018 and help make the arts come alive in Tenleytown! Sign up to join our volunteer team at http://bit.ly/AAN2018volunteer
Our night-of volunteers are among our most crucial team members, as you will provide support to our talented local artists and help festival goers enjoy all Art All Night has to offer. With volunteer shifts just 2 hours, you can volunteer and explore Art All Night during the rest of the evening. All volunteers receive a FREE locally-designed t-shirt as a thank you gift, and get to work with a fun, creative team.
Art All Night 2016 and 2017 images courtesy of Judy Licht Photography