If laundry day isn’t your forte, NOLA Dirty Linen Night is the event for you. Six blocks of Royal Street will be blocked off on the second Saturday of August to give art aficionados a place to celebrate New Orleans creative culture.
The Down and Dirty on Dirty Linen Night
You may be familiar with New Orleans’ White Linen Night held earlier in August. Dirty Linen Night was created to be a satire of its cleaner cousin. Royal Street Jeweler Linda Sampson came up with the idea as a way to promote the local artisan shops on Royal Street. The event has exploded in popularity since its inception, with 10,000 people expected to attend this year. The 16th annual Dirty Linen Night will feature street musicians and performers, cuisine, and drink specials.
In accordance with the “dirty” vibe, guests are encouraged to wear their linens from the previous week’s event. Stains only add to the flair! Many shops will be serving dirty martinis and dirty rice. You’ll know you’re at the right event when you see the laundry baskets outside of every venue. Loads of laundry have never looked so fun!
When and Where
Dirty Linen Night will take place August 12, 2017, between the 200–1000 blocks of Royal Street. The event is FREE, so don’t worry about a ticket. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and last for 3+ hours. Browse the 20 venues, and experience all of the art, food, and drinks the city has to offer.
Galleries to Check Out
- Gem de France. Took a moment to see the beautifully crafted linens and home décor at Gem de France, shop number 729. The shop features everything from framed art to cutlery.
- Peter O’Neil Gallery. Internationally-known painter Peter O’Neil is a master of oil on canvas. His gallery includes original works, framed limited-edition giclée reproductions, and affordable lithographic reproductions.
- Papier Plume. If you have a knack for writing, or just appreciate beautiful stationery, visit Papier Plume. This specialty shop offers traditional ink writing supplies, letter wax, and handcrafted stationery. Find them at store number 847.
- LolaNOLA. If you like a shop with variety, LolaNOLA should be on your list to visit. This gift shop features home décor and accessories such as paintings, glassware, ironwork, and kitchen accessories.
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