The Ultimate Guide to White Linen Night

Aug. 1, 2012CultureMap Houston

Though White Linen Night in the Heights has been scaled down this year, it’s slated to be better than ever, with plenty of music to entertain the ear and fashion to please the eye, plus a lineup of events that will keep visitors busy on Saturday from well before dusk ’til 10 p.m.

Here’s your can’t-miss guide for the hottest night of the summer (and don’t forget to seek out the Blizzard Blaster and Bombay Sapphire beverage outposts to cool off).

Fresh Arts/Space Taker stage — Fresh Arts is taking over the block on White Oak with music, dance and burlesque performances. Don’t miss Kiki’s Sordid Sideshow, a cross-section of clowns and sexy performers, with local costume designer and performance artist Amberry Jam.

Fiesta Mart Entertainment stage — Local blues-rock band Runaway Sun will headline the evening entertainment at 8:30 p.m. in front of 226 Recordings Studio.

Kid-friendly entertainment — Scoot over to Write Now between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. for children’s crafting activities, a faux beach sand pile and a wading pool, plus cold kid’s treats and adult beverages.

First Saturday Arts Market — The artist-curated exhibitions will set up shop in the midst of the crowd for the first time ever, with one outpost in front of the Heights Tower and another at the corner of 19th and Yale Street. Stop by the tents to say hello and peruse work from a local artist.

White Linen Night Fashion Show — Sidewalks will be transformed into catwalks throughout the night, but the first event will be the biggest: The official WLN fashion show, emceed by Channel 13’s Sonia Azad, with hot young models showcasing designs from half a dozen local boutiques.

This list is only the tip of the iceberg, so check the full list of participants for all of the White Linen Night events and discounts.

Those who don’t live within walking distance of the bacchanalian festivities can find plentiful parking at Chase Bank at 20th Street and Lawrence Street, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (for $10) or along Heights Boulevard.