The Answer to White Linen Night:
In New Orleans one party often leads to another. That's how Dirty Linen Night started. It's the Royal Street answer to the more established White Linen Night in the Arts/Warehouse district.
Stroll Through the Antique Stores and Art Galleries:
Dirty Linen Night is the second Saturday of August, usually from 6-9 p.m. in the 500 to 1000 blocks of Royal Street. Also, look for participating shops on the 500 block of St. Peter and St. Ann Streets and the Dutch Alley Artist Co-Op at Dumaine and Decatur Streets.
The streets are closed to traffic and the whole area becomes a pedestrian mall. So, walking from one shop or gallery to another across the street is no problem. Jay-walking is ok and walking down the middle of the street with friends is encouraged.
Look for the Laundry Baskets:
The shops participating in the event will have flags out front and many use laundry baskets as props. Most offer special sales, and there are deals to be had. August is a slow month for New Orleans and you can find some great deals in art and antiques.
As Always in New Orleans, Food and Music:
Of course, this is New Orleans so there will be music and food. If you can plan a trip to New Orleans in August, try to make both White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night, that way you can scoop up some art for your home and wear the same outfit twice even if it's dirty.