‘Twas the month before Christmas when all through the town, celebrations are happening from dusk till dawn. It’s November, and that means it’s time for another White Light Night.
Held annually each November in the Mid City Art & Cultural District, White Light Night is a music-filled, multi-location celebration of local artists and Mid-City eateries. Starting at the new Electric Depot, attendees can prance down Government Street to the wide array of stores, restaurants, bars, art venues and merchant booths while enjoying live music and good food.
Catch up with Sweet Society, Boru, City Roots, Red Stick Social, Blue Corn and live music inside Electric Depot. Further down and across Government Street, there’ll be more live music at The Pink Elephant Antiques and Pelican To Mars between Lavinia and South Eugene streets. Across South Eugene Street, DJ Swamp Boogie will liven up the Mid City Maker’s Market filled with vendors ready to share their craft with Baton Rouge, some for the first time.
“I’m excited,” Amanda Proctor of Amanda Proctor Ceramics said. “I’ve heard that it’s a big party. Everybody walks up and down the street, buying art and having a good time. It’s right around the end of November so people are starting to think about Christmas. I’m still taking orders for my pet portal mugs.”
Proctor, who just moved to Baton Rouge from Georgia, will be a first-time vendor at White Light Night inside the Mid City Maker’s Market. If the chilly weather’s got your lips blue, warm up with a coffee from beloved French Truck Coffee across Arlington Avenue or cross Government Street to cozy up with a woolly from local brand Woolly Threads at the corner of Government street and Bedford Drive.
Cross Bedford Drive for a drink at Radio Bar and vintage goodness from Time Warp boutique or walk further down Government street for more live music at Rocca Pizzeria, Calandro’s Supermarket and Curbside Burgers. Refuel with appetizers from Soji and Mestizo, and grab a cold one at the new Mid City Beer Garden.
White Light Night spans three miles of Government Street, so wear comfortable walking shoes, and use the free trolley available. There will be marked shuttle stops for the trolley, and attendees can flag down the driver at safe intersections and let them know if they’d like to get off before a marked stop. Bring friends and get to know the historic district while doing some shopping, eating and enjoying.
“We are excited to actually be a part of White Light Night, and we are one of the major sponsors,” Red Stick Social Director of Sales Ellie Puryear said. “We are going to have drink specials, some happy hour specials with food. We are going to have some artists set up outside in tents. So, we’re partnering with the Electric Depot for White Light Night, and we’re really, really excited about it.”