The white-hot sultry event of the summer returns August 6, 2011 as Houston Art and Culture presents White Linen Night in The Heights. This neighborhood celebration of art, culture and “citified” bohemia returns again for its 5th annual installment. The evening promises to be bigger and better than ever as organizers expand the staging areas, featured activities and participants.
Over 40,000 Houstonians descended on The Heights last year in their white-linen finest to shop, sip and stroll the neighborhood and celebrate its art community. With crowds expected to be well over 50,000 this year, organizers have focused on expanding the staging areas for the event activities to truly make it a neighborhood-wide celebration. In addition to the original 19th Street locale, many of the art, music, fashion and exhibition offerings will also be happening on White Oak in the heart of the neighborhood.
Visitors to this year’s event will once again be treated to a fun atmosphere including local artists, local musicians and local businesses in The Heights. Most participating businesses will host a local artist “in residence” for the evening, the First Saturday Arts Market will feature an expanded artist offering, and Houston Art and Culture will host a juried art tent. Last year’s successful White Linen Fashion Show will expand this year to include two staged shows, and local indie favorite Runaway Sun will headline the music line-up this year. Thirsty patrons this year will delight in the addition of Vinters Own, Houston’s Premiere Custom Wine Makers, to host wine tents and serve up their fabulous flavors made locally right in The Heights.
Recognizing the enormous attendance that this annual event boasts, the organizers of White Linen Night in The Heights have this year partnered with The Rose of Houston to help bring a large audience to Breast Cancer causes in the Houston area. This year WLNH will introduce “Pink Street” where local Breast Cancer groups will hold exhibitions and events aimed at encouraging people to become educated on Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment. This tickled pink street will host groups on parade including the “Harley’s Angels” pink Harley riders, “Pink Phurree” dragon boat racing crew and more.
The anchor for Pink Street will be the unveiling of the Pink Ribbon Parade from The Rose of Houston. This celebration of artistic talent will pay homage to the now iconic pink ribbon symbol. Local Houston artists will create their visions on 9 foot pink ribbon sculptures and their works will be unveiled together for the first time at White Linen Night in The Heights.
For an up to date listing of sponsors and activities, please visit www.whitelinennightheights.com
What: Art, Shopping, Dining, Live Music and Entertainment
When: Saturday, August 6, 2011 6:00pm-10:00pm
Where: The Houston Heights including 11th Street, 19th Street, Heights Blvd., Houston Ave., Studewood, White Oak and Yale
Why: Showcase Art, Culture and Community in The Houston Heights
Amenities: Free Shuttles, Free Parking, Complimentary Hospitality Receptions, Live Entertainment