Every year, late in the summer when the days are long and balmy, New Orleans gets dressed up.
Whitney White Linen Night on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. encourages guests to don crisp white clothing (linen is encouraged, though not required, for its breezy Southern flair; the white coloring helps reflect the sun’s rays) and peruse art galleries along Julia Street in the Warehouse District. Strollers attending the event receive complimentary handheld fans, all the better to allude to an era gone by. The throwback scene is just a front, though: White Linen Night features live entertainment, food, and all the ingredients of a modern-day block party.
And then, you can get dirty. Dirty Linen Night on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 6:00 p.m. is the cool kid sister to White Linen Night’s pomp and circumstance. Come as you are (the idea is to wear your white linen from the previous weekend, now that it’s good and dirty) and stroll through the French Quarter on Royal Street at this casual art event – shopkeepers also tend to give away free dirty martinis and dirty rice.
Check out the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night in our handy info graphic:
White Linen vs. Dirty Linen
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French Quarter. The city’s historic epicenter, brimming with centuries-old buildings and plenty of revelry.