It’s an all-night art party! Let’s stay out late on Friday night to celebrate local art with Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) and Art All Night.
Art All Night has transitioned back in-person for this 2021 experience after being forced to pivot to a virtual platform last year. It returns in-person for a two-day activation!
For those of us on the Hill, that means we can dedicate an entire evening to the art offered in two different neighborhoods. On Friday, head to Eastern Market for dancing, concerts and art; on Saturday, it’s up to H Street we go.
The event features local artists highlighting the area’s best visual and performing arts exhibits, workshops, and performances. The party is hosted by 16 Main Street and Business Improvement District corridors in all 8 wards throughout the city.
To support the District’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, five vaccine stations will be set up across DC neighborhoods during the activation, including on H Street NE this Saturday. Neighborhood activations will follow all city-mandated COVID-19 protocols, including masking at indoor events.
Check out the schedule of events around Eastern Market Friday, September 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.:
Art Demos, Market & an Open House
Kick off Art All Night 2021 at Eastern Market (225 Seventh St. SE with painting demonstrations starting at 4 p.m.! There will be an outdoor art market featuring 20 local artists. Chrck out the Art Open House at the Yard at Eastern Market (700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
After that, do an art walk! Businesses on the Seventh Street corridor are transforming into pop-up galleries where you can check out the work of these local artists:
- PGN Architects (210 7th St SE) featuring the work of Mike Boone
- Groovydc (321 7th St SE) featuring the work of Capitol Hill Art League artists Joanne Laboy and Tara Hamilton
- Captain Cookie and The Milkman (660 Penn Ave SE – entrance on 7th St SE) featuring the work of Luke Walter
Silent but Disco
When you’re done, head over to the C Street Plaza (C Street Se between Seventh and Eighth Streets SE) and grab yourself a set of headphones for the Silent Disco. This is sure to be a great opportunity –whether you love a dance party, or a photo op.
Jazz it Up
Finally, end the night with a concert. Aaron Myers performs at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 and you must be masked and vaccinated.
Other Eastern Market Art Happenings Friday!
When you’re in the mood for culture, Eastern Market supplies. There are art, music and events that you can take part in that are not officially part of Art All Night. But let us not deny ourselves the art you can find Friday throughout the neighborhood!
Liven it Up
Live on the Hill returns to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza pavilion with a performance by Herb Scott! The concert series is a collaborative effort by Councilmember Charles Allen, Barracks Row Main Street, the Capitol Hill BID and Eastern Market Main Street.
Pop over to the front of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) for an evening of live entertainment and refreshments on the lawn (545 Seventh St SE) as they celebrate the arts on Capitol Hill. “Reflections,” a members-only juried exhibit hosted by the Capitol Hill Art League closes Saturday, September 25th.
Family fun! Capitol Hill is home to many dazzling (some, quite literally) works of art, painted on the exteriors of homes and businesses. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) has compiled an amazing self-guided Murals Tour for you and your family to enjoy at your own pace.
Laugh it Off
Want to join in on the fun of DC Public Library’s Evil Laugh Video Contest but still need more inspiration? Try dropping by the Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 Seventh St SE) between 4 to 6 p.m. and request a film or photo session in front of their librarian-crafted spooky video booth.
Learn more about Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) and the Eastern Market celebration by visiting https://www.easternmarketmainstreet.org/emms-art-all-night-2021. Get the details on all 16 District activations by visiting www.dcartallnight.org.