White Linen Night takes over downtown on the first Saturday of August. New Orleans' residents are invited to wear their favorite white clothes and head out to Julia Street between South Peters and Carondelet street for a night out which includes gallery hopping, dining and drinking. All 18 galleries on Julia Street participate in this much-awaited summer event.
It is more of a big block party than a festival. White Linen Night takes its name from the hot summer days when people used to wear white to reflect the sun. People are, therefore, encouraged to wear white. The party is chic and stylish offering a lot of galleries open and three hours of shopping.
For some, it’s a favorite summertime tradition for others a fun opportunity to immerse in New Orleans party vibes. Be prepared to see some considerable crowds everywhere as food and spirit vendors fill Julia Street and every corner of the Warehouse District. About 45,000 people attend this event every year.
The Contemporary Arts Center holds an after-party on White Linen Night offering food and beverage tickets as well as some impressive art shows featuring dozens of regional artists and their works. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art also hosts special exhibits that shouldn’t be missed. If you have an interest in buying some original art of your own you can stop by the Arts Market New Orleans and there’s always the CAC’s Cool Down Lounge at The Lighthouse.