One night a year in June
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Once a year, the sometimes somnolent ArtWorks organization wakes up and throws one of the great parties on the planet (and certainly one of the most exciting events in central New Jersey). Art All Night runs for 24 straight hours — 3 PM to 3 PM. It features a 50,000 SF historic factory building chock full of work by local artists, along with music (50 acts are claimed for the 2014 version), and arts and crafts market, food vendors, and a scene that is hard to believe (and a hint of what Trenton could be when its current revival really gains some momentum).
Admission is free, and the art work comes from the local community. Any artist of any age, skill level, or medium can submit (and have exhibited) ONE (and only one) piece of art. The open aspect is part of the event’s charm and support-base. And the work itself is skillfully displayed by the Arts All Night team which assembles a mind-boggling art exhibit that is consistently entertaining and engaging. More to the point it says a lot about this community, and even the pieces that aren’t great art usually have something interesting to say.
And if you don’t feel that way, that’s OK too… there are several thousand more pieces to check out.
These photos were taken in 2012, the first year for Art All Night in this location. 2013 was even bigger, with more than 30,000 attendees, and 2014 could be huge. The Millyard Park, normally empty at night, becomes abuzz with activity.
The food vendors range from typical pizza, burgers, and funnel cakes to local restaurants showing off their cuisine. There are usually some vegetarian and “healthy” options available, so for the complete experience, plan on showing up hungry. Or check out the local restaurants Jireh, Mi Tierra, or Guate Rico Deli which are all reviewed on this site and very close by. The festival is in the heart of Chambersburg, which used to be a major Italian neighborhood, but is now the center of Trenton Hispanic communities.