2nd Street District Party

White Linen Night gives Austinites good reason to brave the summer heat

White Linen Night gives Austinites good reason to brave the heat

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Kulani Wijenayake, Scott Hummel Photo by Jon Shapley
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Michelle Gutman, Matt Herman, Colleen Cunningham, Candace Bloomstrand Photo by Jon Shapley
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Folks shopping at Hemline. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Angelique Chandy with her mural. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Ruby Jane performs. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Rose Reyes, Courtney Knittel, Kayla Williams, Julie Sutton Photo by Jon Shapley
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Meghan Bazaman Photo by Jon Shapley
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Lucinda Wang, Ethan Zilkha Photo by Jon Shapley
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Megan Bentzin, Ben Bentzin Photo by Jon Shapley
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Carolyn Morris and Jeff Metzger shop. Photo by Jon Shapley
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Hemline was one of the participating shops in White Linen Night. Photo by Jon Shapley
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When the temperature hits triple digits, everyone just wants to stay inside and discuss how stupidly hot it is outside. But on August 3, folks got out of the house and into the 2nd Street District for White Linen Night, a celebration of art, music and local business produced Big Ass Canvas

Based on a New Orleans celebration by the same name, the organizers behind White Linen Night encouraged attendees to wear white in an effort to stay (and look) cool. While sipping complimentary Tito's vodka cocktails, guests — including Kulani Wijenayake, Scott Hummel, Rose Reyes, Courtney Knittel, Kayla Williams, Julie Sutton, and Megan and Ben Bentzinpopped into shops and listened to sidewalk tunes courtesy of Ruby Jane, Mayeux & Broussard and Eagle Eye Williamson.

Local artists took up residency in galleries and sidewalks, and artist Angelique Chandy unveiled the newest addition to Austin's ever-growing list of murals with an original piece inspired by the neighborhood.

But the night wasn't just about celebrating summer; gallery and shop owners committed to donating 10 percent of all sales during the event to Caritas, the Austin-based nonprofit that serves the area's low-income and homeless residents. 

"We're impressed by and grateful for the turnout for White Linen Night," says Julie Sutton, retail marketing manager for 2nd Street District. "Local talent got fantastic exposure, our merchants were able to really connect with their customers, and we all worked together as a community to raise money for an incredible organization — all while sipping cocktails and meeting friends."

Organizers are still calculating how much money was raised for Caritas and will release the final figure later this week.