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Art All Night returns to Trenton this weekend, but with late night closure

The Roebling Wire Works is a pop-up art gallery for 24 hours. Photo: Michelle Lawlor, Lucky 17 Photography.

Art All Night, Trenton’s iconic art festival, will return to the Roebling Wire Works on June 15 and 16, following months of work by the event’s staff and volunteers to bring back the event after the shooting that left one person dead and 21 other injured last year.

The event will be the same free and open-to-all event featuring art, music, food trucks, live mural painting and more, but the full event footprint will be fenced off, with many new security measures in place to ensure the event is safe and trouble free, organizers said.

Art All Night will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and end at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, but people will not be allowed to enter the event after midnight Saturday, and the event will be fully closed to the public between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, when public entry resumes.

“We vowed to bring back Art All Night, and we did with a huge amount of support from the public, the City of Trenton, our sponsors and funders,” said Lauren Otis, executive director of Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts non-profit and producer of Art All Night.

“We decided to close during overnight hours this year to ensure that attendees, volunteers, and our whole Art All Night family had the highest level of comfort in this, our comeback year,” Otis said.

For the first time this year, the Art All Night event perimeter will be fenced off, with access only from two entrances, one on Dye Street and one on South Clinton Avenue, where attendees must go through a security check. Attendees will be wanded, and bags will checked, with no outside liquids of any kind, outside food, large bags, or any other prohibited items allowed into the event.

“Attending Art All Night will now be much like attending any live sports or music event, when it comes to entrance security,” said Joseph Kuzemka, event director for Art All Night.

“Visitors will have to wait in line to get in, with long lines possible during some hours, particularly Saturday evening. We ask attendees to be patient with the new security measures, which have been put in place to ensure the event is safe and fun for everybody,” Otis said.

City police will be closing the streets around the event to vehicles, with a large police and private security presence inside and outside the event to ensure safety and security. At midnight Saturday, no new entries will be allowed into Art All Night, with attendees already inside allowed to remain until 1 a.m., when the event will be fully closed down, reopening again at 7 a.m. and running through 3 p.m. Sunday.

“This year at Art All Night we have an incredible lineup of live music, interactive events, films, food trucks, craft vendors and more, to accompany the always-amazing show of hundreds of pieces of submitted art,” said Joseph Kuzemka, event director for Art All Night. “Apart from new entry and security measures, attendees can expect the same wonderful Art All Night experience they’ve always known at the familiar Roebling Wire Works building,” he said.

Art All Night takes place at the historic Roebling Wire Works, 675 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611. For more information about submitting art to Art All Night, or attending, including parking, music lineup, food vendors, security and other information, visit artallnighttrenton.org or call (609) 394-9436.

More than 1,000 pieces of art are submitted for Art All Night. Photo: Heather M. Shier.

Written by
Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp