White Linen Nights in the Heights is an adorable little street fair down the historic part of The Heights neighborhood in Houston. It’s patterned off a festival that occurs in the French Quarter in New Orleans every year when people wear their best whites to enjoy the summer and view local art.
We went on TV to talk about all this — check out the video here!
Whether it’s your first or fifth time visiting this Houston fair here are a few things you should know before you go!
- You must wear white. No matter how cute you think that red sundress is, and how much your boyfriend loves it on you. You must wear white. Linen if possible, but not required. Just trying to save you some serious embarrassment here. Also this is Houston in August so prepare to be hot and sweaty.
- It’s free! From window shopping to people watching, the free entertainment is bountiful with live music, art cars, fashion shows, local artisanal vendors and more. However if you want to shop local vendors and give your credit card some exercise, there is plenty of opportunities to do so. The fun starts early (some places have deals starting at 1 pm!) and lots of local boutiques, antique shops, and artisan booths to check out. Look up some of the attending artists here.
- It’s going to be crowded! Party *technically* starts at 6pm. But people will definitely be there earlier. By 7pm you won’t be able to move down 19th Street. If you want to do some shopping and still have room to breathe, I recommend going early as possible to 19th Street (4pm?). Once you get tired of the crowds, switching over to White Oak where there’s a big street party stretching from Christian’s Tailgate to Onion Creek with bands and DJ and a bit more room.
- Enjoy a beverage or two. This easier than you think. All of the bars have something cool happening like live music, drink specials, beer tastings, food trucks and more! Looking at you Woodrow’s, Cedar Creek, BB’s, and more. Some people even pull coolers around full of beer and just drink on the street. Many boutiques also have cocktails on hand while you shop. Again, if you want a drink and/or AC GO EARLY. Because the later you go the more crowded it’s going to be.
- Parking. You can park in the neighborhoods nearby–be sure to read the signs in case of towing! Or make things super easy and just cab there (see #4). Anticipate lots of traffic though and closed streets. If going to White Oak, get dropped off at the Gelazzi. If headed to 19th Street, get dropped off at Down House.
P.S. We’ll definitely be out and about at #WLN. Follow us on Instagram to see where we are; we’ll be handing out #ItsNotHou koozies!!
- Where: 19th Street (shopping), White Oak (drinking), Heights Mercantile (art) in The Heights
- When: Saturday, August 4, 6 -10pm
- Wear: All of the White
Hot Places to Go:
- Emerson Rose Heights – Local boutique that always throws a fun themed party! Go early to take advantage of deals.
- Man Ready Mercantile – Pics in front of the giant American flag are a MUST!
- Harold’s in the Heights – We’re obsessed with the “I Love You Wall”
- Onion Creek — The parking lot turns into a HUGE party with live music and great ambiance; bring cash!
- Christian’s Tailgate – Karaoke. Need we say more?
- Black Swan Yoga — Their parking lot was packed with local artists and free drinks
- Tacos A Go Go – Be prepared for a line, but after a hot, sweaty night on your feet those tacos are magic
Need a last minute White Linen Night outfit? Head to Saint Bernard’s in River Oaks District. It’s not the Heights, BUT they’re a Texas-owned business with a GREAT selection of ACTUAL white linen–for men, women, and children, as well as everything you need for travel and squeezing in that last minute trip. I’m wearing the low-rise short from J Brand and the white linen Dany top from Joie below!
Photos by @kev.dai