Break out the white linen attire and get ready for an artsy party this weekend. Thousands and thousands of people will be hitting the New Orleans Arts District tomorrow night for the 19th annual White Linen Night.
Twenty local galleries and museums will be participating. "It was created by the New Orleans Arts District to encourage locals and regional visitors to come check out the galleries in the district," says Lindsay Ross, Director of External Affairs with the Contemporary Arts Center.
There is no admission charge.
Organizers are expecting a crowd of about 40,000 to enjoy the art, and a block party featuring food from 20 local eateries, bars on every corner and three bands; Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes, Erica Falls, and The Hot Club of New Orleans Quartet.
This year's signature cocktail is a Ginger Mint Lemonade, with or without vodka.
"The event's produced by the Contemporary Arts Center as a fundraiser," Ross says, "So all the proceeds go to the CAC for our year round artistic programming."
Wearing white, or as close to white as you can get, is suggested says Ross as it will be a sea of white and "You will really stick out if you don't. It's funny," she says, "A few years ago we had some rebels that wore black, but I really don't see that anymore."
There also be an after party at the Contemporary Arts Center from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. and admission for that event is a $10 donation.