On August 4, 2018, Hancock Whitney will be hosting their annual White Linen Night to support the Contemporary Arts Center. The event is held every year on the first Saturday of August and it honors local artists and galleries on Julia Street. In addition to the more than 18 participating galleries and museums, there will also be live music from three performers as well as food and drinks from 25 local restaurants and bars. The block party is from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the 300 - 700 blocks of Julia Street in the Warehouse/Arts District—only one block away from the Saint Charles Streetcar Line. Pick out your favorite white ensemble and mark your calendars for this artistic community celebration.
While the event is free to attend, food and drinks must be bought using tickets, which can be purchased here; a bundle of ten tickets only costs $12. Don’t feel like waiting in line? No problem! Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at the CAC between July 1 and August 3.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., the Contemporary Arts Center is hosting an after party for the event. CAC members get in for free, but general admission tickets are just $10 here. The after party will be held at the CAC Camp Street Warehouse (900 Camp St.) and will feature a cash bar (no tickets required), tasty cuisine from local restaurants, music by DJ RQ Away, and the Stella Artois Summer Game Lounge.
And don’t forget about the CAC's White Linen Night Cool Down Lounge (presented by Auction House Market). If you’re a big spender who loves a good deal (and a place to rest after walking around outside), then this is the spot for you! For just $50 ($40 for CAC members), you’ll get access to air-conditioned seating, private restrooms, two complimentary drinks, and complimentary “light bites” from local restaurants, in addition to access to the CAC afterparty. The Cool Down Lounge will be located at 743 Camp Street, and tickets are available for purchase here. I know the price seems a little steep, but all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to supporting the Contemporary Arts Center’s programs in visual arts, performing arts, and education and outreach.
A complete list of participating galleries and restaurants can be found on the event’s website, but you should know that it includes these attractions and more:
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts—You can’t go far in New Orleans without seeing one of the iconic Blue Dog renditions, so it comes as no surprise that this artist’s legacy will be represented at the event.
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery—This modern gallery at 400A Julia Street features cutting edge, cross-media works from artists across the country.
Stella Jones Gallery—The Jones’s mission has been to make contemporary African and Caribbean art accessible to the public, and they have been succeeding in that mission for over twenty years.
Crêpes à la Cart—This New Orleans build-your-own take on a Parisian classic might be the most popular among college students, but everyone should get a chance to enjoy their sweet or savory treats.
Seed—Voted the best vegan/vegetarian restaurant in New Orleans by Where Y’at, Seed offers a variety of organic and fair-trade options for anyone’s taste buds.
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar—Known for its authentic Creole Cuisine, the food and drinks here both hold up to the restaurant’s title.
And with Ketel One Vodka as the event’s official drink sponsor, you know there will be a fantastic selection of cocktails to choose from.