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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit returns starting Sept. 4

The Washington Square Outdoor Exhibit is back!

The popular fall show marks its 90th year and first return since pre-pandemic. More than 50 artists and crafters will showcase their works starting Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6, and continuing the following weekend, Sept. 11 and 12.

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Like so many other things last year, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit saw the COVID health crisis force an interruption in its traditional annual schedule. But the long-running event is finally able to return and art fans will be able to stroll the sidewalks once again to check out original works by dozens of artists and craft artisans in all mediums.

The vibrant outdoor event features paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media, all on display and on sale directly from the artists themselves.

The event continues to be a juried show to ensure the quality of works presented. All registered artists are eligible in several award categories by medium as well as a “Best in Show” award.

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Attendees of the outdoor art exhibit are a diverse mix of art lovers, tourists, professionals, students and faculty from the neighborhood’s many schools and anyone who enjoys beautifully crafted works. The twice-a-year sidewalk show typically occurs each spring and fall.

This year, the outdoor art exhibit takes place just north of Washington Square Park on University Place between Waverly Place and E. 11th St.

​The event’s origins of the event date back to 1931 when artists and friends Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, in need of some extra cash, decided to haul a number of their paintings to the sidewalks near Washington Square Park, in hopes of finding some eager customers. Over the years, outdoor exhibit has since grown to become a beloved New York City institution.

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The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit fall show will run from Sat., Sept. 4, to Mon., Sept. 6, and Sat., Sept. 11, to Sun., Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. each day. There is no admission fee. For more information, visit

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