Lawrenceville: 4001 Willow Street

April 26 & 27

4 p.m. – 2 p.m.

In Lawrenceville, the last Saturday of April has become synonymous with Art All Night, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular, and most populist, arts happenings. What hatched in 1998 with 101 artworks and 200 all nighters has evolved into a showcase of 850-plus artists and more than 12,000 attendees.

With its staunchly grassroots tagline “no fee, no jury, no censorship,” Art All Night invites anyone and everyone to submit one—and only one—work of art during the 24-hour public event and sale. Held in a different Lawrenceville venue each year, Art All Night’s 17th installment sets up shop in a warehouse located at 4001 Willow St., at the corner of 40th St.

Kicking off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th and running continuously until 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27th, the free event features visual art, performances, live music, a pop-up photo studio, hands-on art activities, refreshments and more. Don’t miss the second annual OnSite Art Auction on Sunday, April 27th, from noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring large-scale paintings created by teams of local artists who work live during the event. This year, 30 paintings and 15 photographs from will be available to bidders.

Art All Night also offers children’s activities from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Children can silkscreen prints, color large chalk murals, make wearable creations using recycled materials, paint with marbles and more. Step into cardboard city to build giant rooms, passageways and towers, and participate in a collaborative art room inspired by Japanese installation artist Yayoi Kusama. Additional children’s activities include storytelling, magic shows, drums, puppets and hula hooping.

Always refreshing and unexpected, the lively event pairs professional fine art alongside pieces created by students, teens, teachers and even your grandparents. Staged by a dedicated volunteer crew, the ambitious effort also serves as an important catalyst for community development, which for nearly 20 years has showcased the authentic characteristics of a nabe that has since become a magnet for artists, designers, musicians, developers, small business owners and architects.