Lawrenceville's Notable Events
Think you can’t find small-town community enthusiasm in a big-city neighborhood? Not so. Lawrenceville has a citywide reputation for year-round celebration.
The events listed below have evolved into annual traditions; visit the Lawrenceville Community Calendar for other neighborhood gatherings, from happy hours for business owners to community garden plantings for the whole family.
Art All Night. Launched by a grass-roots group of Lawrenceville residents, this free annual event gives professional and amateur artists a chance to share their work with the world. Each participating artist is invited to bring one piece of work to display. Volunteers spend their Saturday afternoon constructing an enormous, all-inclusive art exhibit (the 2007 show featured more than 800 works). Come evening, the doors open for a 24-hour art and performance extravaganza, open to all at no cost. Kids are welcome—both as artists and visitors! (Last Saturday in April)
Carp All Night. Art All Night’s sidekick brings people and their poles to an all-night fishin’ and talkin’ session under Lawrenceville’s 40th Street bridge. (Last Saturday in April)
Memorial Day Parade. Our community honors the contributions of its fallen soldiers with an annual parade and ceremony. (May)
Arsenal Park Independence Day Celebration. A neighborhood-sized cookout, kids’ games, and plenty of time to visit with neighbors. This Lawrenceville tradition has been bringing the neighborhood together for more than six decades. The fun lasts all day, with fireworks capping off the evening. (First Saturday after July 4)
Doo Dah Days. The Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival celebrates the life and music of Lawrenceville’s native son, composer/songwriter Stephen Foster. The event is staged at Allegheny Cemetery, where Foster and several family members are buried. Live period and folk music, tours, and costumed talks fill the schedule. (July)
Artists’ Studio Tour. See creativity at work. Lawrenceville artists open their studio doors to the public for a free self-guided tour. From painting to weaving to furniture making, visitors can experience art in the making.
Lawrenceville Hospitality House Tour. House-proud Lawrenceville residents open their doors and share their inspiring interiors with the public. A great opportunity to scope out neighborhood house styles...and possibly score the inside scoop on a place you can call your own. (early October)
The Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour. This free event allows guests to taste their way through a holiday shopping excursion to Lawrenceville’s one-of-a-kind shops. At each tour stop, sample a cookie chosen from our community contest and collect recipe cards to make your favorite tastes at home. Proven to make holiday shopping fun! (first weekend in December)
The Lawrenceville Historical Society offers tours and talks throughout the year.
Resident and community volunteer Sandy DeTemple talks about the annual Lawrenceville Hospitality House Tour.