A Guide To 'Art All Night,' The Two-Night Arts And Music Festival Across D.C. 16 Main Street programs and BIDs across all eight wards will host a diverse set of installations, performances, and food specials on Friday and Saturday.
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A Guide To 'Art All Night,' The Two-Night Arts And Music Festival Across D.C.

UCB (Uncalled for Band) performs at Starburst Plaza near H Street at the 2019 Art All Night event. Courtesy of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development/Ihamna Cubillos hide caption

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After going strictly online last year, Art All Night, D.C.'s two-night arts and music festival, is returning in-person this year. The event launched in Shaw and Chinatown in 2011 and has since expanded across all eight wards. Expect crowds: The last in-person version, in 2019, saw 30,000 guests flock to Shaw alone. While it's hard to predict how the pandemic will affect residents' attendance this year, the event is shaping up to be bigger than ever: At least three neighborhoods are joining in for the first time — Pennsylvania Ave East, Uptown, and The Parks main streets all have their first in-person Art All Night events this weekend.

On both Friday and Saturday nights, 16 neighborhood Main Street programs and Business Improvement Districts across the city will host a diverse set of art installations and performances from at least 100 creatives, with events ranging from silent disco parties to a drive-through art gallery in Anacostia, to fashion shows and craft cocktail-making demos. Mayor Muriel Bowser is presenting the event in partnership with the Department of Small and Local Business Development and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

A fire dancer showcase in Shaw at 2019's Art All Night event. Courtesy of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development/Ihamna Cubillos hide caption

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Each business district has put together separate programs, recruiting locals artists to highlight their neighborhood's particular style and culture.

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Want to hear go-go? The New Soul Searchers (a reunion of Chuck Brown's backing group) are performing on Pennsylvania Ave SE Friday night. Want to see a fashion show? The Congress Heights Art of Fashion & Design show (Saturday, 8 p.m.) never disappoints. Interested in tasting small-batch spirits from women-owned distillery Republic Restoratives? Pick up a wrist band at the Tenleytown welcome table. There's truly something for everyone.

Check out the map and links below to find out what's going on in your neighborhood.

See below for specific hours and more details from each Main Street/BID, including detailed maps of individual neighborhoods:

Friday, Sept. 24:

Saturday, Sept. 25:

** = Features a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site (see map for specific locations)

The art rave market in Dupont Circle during 2019's Art All Night event. Courtesy of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development/Ihamna Cubillos hide caption

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The Art Jamz pop-up in Dupont during 2019's Art All Night event. Courtesy of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development/Ihamna Cubillos hide caption

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Disclosure: DCist photographer Dee Dwyer will feature her work at an Art All Night exhibition. She was not involved with the production of this article.

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