Art All Night is arguably the quintessence of grass roots artistic expression.
Art All Night is an annual, innovative event that brings a multitude of independent artists together for a free, uncensored art show that's fully operational for 22 hours! The show is typically held during the last full weekend in April.
When I first heard about Art All Night, I confess I was wary. A free art show without censorship seemed way too ambitious to live up to the hype. After attending the event for the first time last year, I now confess it's one of my favorite Pittsburgh events! Believe me when I say the event exceeds the hype surrounding it and is an event that you truly have to experience to believe.
Art All Night is a must-see Pittsburgh event. One of the few fully uncensored art shows, Art All Night showcases an expansive variety of art. From traditional pieces to art created in front of your eyes at the event and interactive pieces, Art All Night pays homage to the past, present, and future of artistic expression. Not limited to visual art, the show also features top-notch performing arts throughout the event.
Not only is the art impressive, the venue also adds to the artistic, grassroots atmosphere. Pay close attention throughout the year, because Art All Night's location changes each year.
Even the weekend's production is unique. The event is fully produced by an all-volunteer committee and continues to grow each year. The Saturday morning of the event, an army of volunteers spend the hours before the event's start time arranging the art in a unique location in Lawrenceville, a Pittsburgh neighborhood located just three miles from Downtown.
With the event fully operational for 22 hours, visitors may wonder when to arrive. For families, the best time to attend is either Saturday between 4pm – 8pm or Sunday between 10am – 2pm, as there are a variety of children's activities. It's important to remember that because the show is uncensored, younger children may require more supervision and guidance.
If you want to get the full Art All Night experience, you'll want to go late on Saturday night, when the event is most active with the most visitors, bands, and performing arts groups. Later into the evening, or earlier in Saturday morning, the vibe gets considerably more colorful.
For a serene look at the art, visitors should go on Sunday morning, when the event is at its quietest but still active.
Make a weekend out of your visit to Art All Night! Lawrenceville has a very unique vibe to it and you have to experience it to truly get a taste for its colorful flavor. From eating at a gourmet hot dog restaurant to visiting boutique storefronts, the adventure to Lawrenceville doesn't end with Art All Night. Explore the artsy, local shops along Butler St. and Penn Ave, try your retro bowling skills at the famous Arsenal Bowl, or explore the beautifully history Allegheny Cemetery (it's so picturesque you won't even feel creepy for exploring the cemetery).
Related: A Day in Lawrenceville
Don't worry about feeling tired during your night venture into Art All Night, Lawrenceville is home to some of the best coffee shops in Pittsburgh, including the acclaimed Espresso a Mano and one of the newer bar/coffee shop fusions, The Abbey, located in a former funeral home.