Tell me about Art All Night, what will I see?

What happens the morning of the event?

The Saturday of the event is most aptly described a “real rush.” Hundreds of volunteers assist hundreds of artists in checking in their artwork.  Volunteer hangers curate the work, the stages are set for performers, the shop is stocked, and areas for interactive art projects are readied.

When the doors open at 4pm…

The music begins, the children’s activities start and the parking lots start to fill. In 2015, we had an estimated 15,000 people attend, most of whom visited on Saturday night.

When is the best time to go?

That depends on the atmosphere you are looking for. Saturday night is loud with lots of children’s and adult art activities, bands and the largest crowds. Sunday morning is more peaceful with much smaller crowds. The middle of the night has a whole other vibe to it with lots of local color. Interactive art activities occur throughout the whole event. And then the auction takes place Sunday at noon at the stage area.  This is where all the art created by the onsite artists will be sold.

What about children?

Bring them with you! The show is open to everyone. Children’s activities are held from 4 to 8 pm on Saturday and again at 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday next to a youth-friendly section of art. The rest of the show is uncensored. Please keep an eye on your little (and big) ones and do not leave them unattended at the show.
Terri with wings at Art All Night



When is it held?

The show is typically held during the last full (Sat/Sun) weekend in April. The official dates will be posted on our Home page when everything has been finalized.

Where is it held?

Typically somewhere in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The address will be on our Home page once a location is selected, and there will be maps on our Directions page to help you find your way to us as well.

In an effort to showcase the diversity of Lawrenceville the location changes each year. As the event has grown, we seek spaces of 20,000 sq. feet or more. In January the building committee identifies potential sites and works with the property owners to determine the actual location.

If you have a building and would be interested in hosting the show, please let us know via our contact page.

What does it cost?

Nothing. Not even a penny. Attendance and participation are both entirely free. (FREE!)

Check out our Visitors page to compare what all you will experience with how much you pay (NOTHING!) to get in. Talk about value!

And check out these links if you’d like to participate as an artist or as a volunteer.

Who puts on Art All Night?

Art All Night is planned and coordinated by an all-volunteer organizing committee that starts meeting at the end of January. Dozens of additional volunteers help in the final stages to prepare the venue, construct exhibit panels, assist with the registration and hanging of artwork, provide refreshments, direct traffic, clean-up, and much, much more. Live entertainment throughout the event is also donated by some of Pittsburgh’s finest performers.

The work of community volunteers is generously supported each year by a range of generous sponsors and donors. Art All Night is also supported by the strictly voluntary contributions of attendees, which support continuation of the event each year.

For further information, email us via our contact page.

For information about volunteering at Art All Night, click here.  The sign up page will open up in the beginning of April of the current event year.

What about kids? How “child friendly” is the show?

The show is open to everyone. Kids love “to art”, so it would be silly to not have stuff for them to do. We have tons of children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday adjacent to a youth-friendly section of art.

But please, do keep in mind that this is an uncensored show.

What is Art All Night All Year?

Ever seen something at Art All Night and forgot to write down the artist? Ever wondered what the artist was thinking when they made the art? Starting in 2008 all registered artists with an email address were invited to upload a picture of their art work along with contact information (email/website), pricing, and comments. We have been a little remiss these past couple of years requesting pictures and info, but with some diligence and patience, we will start this up again in 2016.

Hundreds of artists have participated in Art All Night All Year. You can see their artwork here