For those who are regular readers of the blog, you will notice that I just love the Heights. And one of the many reasons I love the area is the 6th Annual White Linen Night event that is being held this Saturday August 4 from 6pm-10pm.
White Linen Nights started in New Orleans and occurs in their Warehouse Arts district where gallery owners open their doors and close the streets for a free family street party. People wear their white linen as historically it was how they dressed to survive the humid heat of New Orleans.
The eclectic nature of the Heights is the perfect area to re-create this event. The White Linen Nights (WLN) theme for this year is Local Faces, Local Flavor, Local Fun and will showcase artists, musicians and local businesses in a free family event.
Organisers of the event, recommend 19th St as the place to be. If you want to shop crowd free, it will be open 10am-6pm with the official festivities kicking off at 6pm.
The Fiesta Stage at 226 Recordings will feature local bands starting with Cavernous, The Tyburn Jig and Poor Pilate. WLN headliner Runaway Sun will commence at 8:30pm. Local favorite Lords of Kool will play further down the street on the Jubilee stage from 7-10pm.
There will be a fashion show with fashions from 19th st retailers Jubilee, Replay on 19th, Langford Market, Casa Ramirez and many more.
Most of the businesses in the Heights get into WLN and offer drinks and canapes whilst you browse the stores, look at artwork and listen to bands. The list of businesses being part of the celebration can be seen on the official website so that you can plan your visit.
White Oak is fast becoming the new, more casual Washington Ave with more pubs and restaurants opening every month. It therefore provides another great area to visit on WLN. Based on previous years, it tends to be a bit more adult focused due to number of pubs on the street. There will be great entertainment such as Mercury chamber orchestra, Suchu Dance Company, Mildred’s Umbrella theatre company and Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow burlesque clown performance.
On Saturday I recommend taking the whole family dressed up in white to many of the local retailers and galleries and enjoy this fun, free event in Houston that is growing year on year.