Covington White Linen Night 2019: A downtown party for public art

Photo courtesy of Oxlot 9 and Louisiana Northshore.

For its sixth year, Covington White Linen for Public Art hits the streets in downtown Covington on Saturday, August 17. The community-driven party kicks off at 6:00 pm and wraps up 9:00 pm. 

This cultural arts event, hosted by the Covington Business Association, showcases some of the Northshore’s artists, restaurants, shops and more – all in the name of public art. The event helps fund the creation of public art for Covington. Participating local businesses will donate 10% of their pre-tax sales during the event to the Covington Public Art Fund

Covington’s white linen night is free to attend and takes place throughout downtown Covington’s Cultural Arts District. This means areas of Columbia, New Hampshire and Gibson streets will be blocked off to allow pedestrians to shop, stroll and eat safely. The event is free and family-friendly. 

Of course, this is a “white linen night,” so you are invited to wear your finest white outfits. However, if you’re clumsy like me, I suggest bringing a Tide To-Go pen because I’m sure red wine and beer will be involved, as well. 

While the event is great for attendees to socialize, local restaurants and vendors really enjoy this night of the year, too. Many host live music or drink specials. Like, Casa Leon.

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The Latin American cuisine restaurant is fairly new in town, but they already know how to throw a good party. Their White Linen Night Fiesta starts at 5:30 pm with a chef special menu, live music and drink specials. 

A couple of blocks over, a popular local music group takes the stage at Columbia Street Tap Room

Four Unplugged plays from 8:00 pm until midnight. 

Also, this Northshore event might be a good night to take advantage of Tammany Taste of Summer discounts. 

Parking may be tight, but it is free and available on streets surrounding the downtown party. You can always go by bike through the St. Tammany Trace, too.