Shaw’s 10th Annual Art All Night

By Editorial Team on September 20, 2021
Courtesy of Art All Night.
Event: Saturday, September 25 from 7pm to Sunday, September 26 at 2am


The District’s only free overnight arts festival, Art All Night, returns, in-person, to Shaw on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with an all-star lineup of visual and performing artists from Art All Night Shaw’s past presentations. In celebration of Shaw’s 10th anniversary Art All Night, highlights of Shaw Art All Nights past, including installations and performances from standout creatives, as well as the ever-popular DIY art activities, will once again flank the streets of one of DC’s favorite neighborhoods.

This year the festival includes 16 DC neighborhoods. Presenter Shaw Main Streets aims to celebrate the diversity of visual and performing arts in the neighborhood and the city and welcome everyone back to the ability to enjoy art once again in their favorite neighborhoods. This year’s theme, “Welcome Back,” signifies Art All Night’s return after social distancing forced the event to go virtual in 2020 and aims to reinforce a sense of togetherness through art.

The night will be a display of sound, color in a celebration of community, creativity and 10 years of bringing art and communities together as the innovators of Art All Night in DC. Musical performances throughout the neighborhood revisit Black Broadway, beatbox Go-Go and more against the backdrop of DC’s beloved Shaw neighborhood during this unforgettable night after an unforgettable year.

The festival is free to attend, thanks to the financial support of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Department of Small and Local Business Development, DC Main Streets and DC Water. Art All Night in Shaw will include multiple activations throughout the neighborhood. The signature Shaw Art Market and Stage at the Parcel 42 Welcome Center at 7th and R Streets, NW, will feature works from popular DC artists for sale, and live performances from popular DC soul/funk vocalist Ace Ono and GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon.

Additional all-star performances, activation and interactive activities include video projection  by internationally acclaimed artist Robin Bell, an interactive wire and yarn installation by Ira Tattelbaum, live painting by DC’s celebrated muralist Aniekan Udofia, and a talent showcase  by Team Rayceen, emceed by Rayceen Pendarvis of the popular LGBTQIA talk show Ask Rayceen, the traditional fashion show, the annual #LoveShaw Parade featuring Art All Night favorite Batala, fire performances, bubble blowers and more sprinkled throughout Shaw’s rich mixture of businesses and cultural institutions.

Art All Night is for the entire family to enjoy, with activities such at Urban Athletic Club’s annual paint party, opportunities for festival goers to craft floral crowns and screen print posters or snag a family photo at the Shaw photobooth. “Shaw will once again be the center of art and music in DC for one night,” says Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets and cofounder of the festival. “You could spend eight hours here and not see and do everything we have to offer.” A full list of Shaw’s Art All Night activations can be found at

From 7 pm on September 25, 2021 until 2 am on September 26, 2021, artists and arts enthusiasts can wander around Shaw experiencing painting, photography, projections, crafts, fashion, live music, dance, poetry, and DIY activities in a variety of unique indoor and outdoor spaces located throughout the neighborhood. Art All Night is presented by Shaw Main Streets, with financial support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Department of Small and Local Business Development, DC Main Streets and DC Water. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials are expected to celebrate DC’s local arts scene throughout Art All Night. The Shaw Main Streets organization has taken an abundance of caution with regard to the current state of the Coronavirus pandemic with more outdoor activations and capacity limits. Masks are required in order to attend all Art All Night events in Shaw, both indoors and outdoors.

Shaw Main Streets was established in 2003 to encourage and support economic revitalization and historic preservation along the 7th and 9th Street, NW commercial corridors.  The organization has attracted and supported over 400 new businesses in the central Shaw commercial district, resulting in the creation of thousands of new permanent jobs. Nearly $3 Billion in commercial and residential development have been facilitated by Shaw Main Streets’ efforts. Shaw Main Streets won the 2016 Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. Shaw Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor. For more information, visit