Dirty Linen Night, the French Quarter gallery walk that's a takeoff on White Linen Night, adds food trucks to the mix this year. Art and antique galleries, boutiques and businesses stay open late and there are bars set up on Royal Street from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The first Dirty Linen Night in 2001 highlighted French Quarter galleries that showed work by local artists, but the event has grown to include many shops in the historic district.
"It just blows me away to think that it started from one little idea," says artist and founder Tracy Thomson. "It just got bigger exponentially every year, too big for me to handle myself."
The event is now organized by the Arts Council of New Orleans. "I think sometimes, as locals, we forget about Royal Street being this really great area for shopping and art," says Lindsay Glatz, Arts Council Director of Marketing and Communications.
There is a Dirty Linen after-party from 9 p.m. to midnight at Latrobe's on Royal (403 Royal St.) featuring cocktails, food, entertainment by Crescent City Circus performers and DJs. For information about Dirty Linen or tickets to the after party ($30 general admission, $100 VIP) visit www.artscouncilofneworleans.org.