By Laura Coburn
Linens of white, bright sparkling lights, and art all night. Could there be a better way to bring in the start of August? White Linen Night has become a tradition that unites greater Houston in the up-and-coming neighborhood, the Heights.
The suggestion for the festival came from New Orleans natives Chris and Kay Thayer, a couple who relocated to the Heights during Katrina and opened a boutique on 19th Street. The event launched in 2006 and was modeled off of a similar event held in the French Quarter arts district in New Orleans.
The Houston event mirrors many aspects of the New Orleans festival with white linen attire and an arts expose. But Houston’s festival has its own Texas flare. It’s an art crawl with cowboy boots and Texas cuisine thrown into the mix.
The Thayers worked in collaboration with the Heights First Saturday group to make the event a reality and draw traffic to 19th street and the businesses that reside there. A chance to generate sales during the hot summer nights, the craft and art stores, galleries, antique shops, clothing shops, and bistros will have their doors open.
With live music, food trucks, refreshments, dance performances, art galore and family activities, White Linen Night is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer. It’s time to get your finest linen ready!
The event is free and all ages are welcome. To learn more visit the White Linen Night website and Facebook page
Date: Saturday, Aug. 3 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
(Photos taken from White Linen Night website)