Before you launder those linens from last weekend’s White Linen Night, throw them back on for The Arts Council of New Orleans’ Dirty Linen Night. The annual art walk, which takes place this Saturday from 6-10p.m. (August 11) is free and features over 60 open galleries and shops on Royal Street. True to the theme, several galleries will serve dirty martinis and dirty rice.
In recent years, the once tongue-in-cheek block party has evolved into one of the most unique and enjoyable events of the season. Held between the 200 and 1000 blocks of Royal Street in the French Quarter, the surrounding historical architecture and balconies provide a fitting atmosphere for for strolling, eating, and indulging.
Buskers, mimes and other familiar Royal Street performers will supply the evening’s entertainment. Similar to White Linen Night, gallery curators, shopkeepers, and artists will supply patrons and spectators with a first-hand look into their art. Adding to the flavor several of Royal Street’s antique, craft, jewelry and specialty shops open their doors to the public as well. Also partaking in the festivities are the artists from Dutch Alley.
The usually well-traffic locale in addition to several adjoining streets will be blocked off, making the event family friendly and easily accessible for all on foot. Altogether, an expected 30-40 galleries shops, easily identified by laundry baskets placed outside their door, will participate. Following the event, at 10p.m. the official Dirty Linen Night after party will take place at SoBou (310 Chartres Street).