Each Fall, Art for Art's Sake kicks off the start of the New Orleans Arts season with music, wine, gallery openings, and shopping. Come down to Magazine Street and Julia Street for a night of gallery hopping and shopping! Usually held the first Saturday of October, Hurricane Nate pushed the festivities back one week.
Hundreds of chic galleries and shops along Magazine Street and Julia Street will open their doors to kick off what is considered the opening day of the city’s art season. For three hours, buyers and art lovers alike are welcome to browse the galleries, and in many cases, visit with the artists whose work is being shown. In recent years, over 30,000 people have come out for the event, making it one massive art party. The dress is casual, although this crowd tends to draw some pretty snappy dressers. It’s not hard to feel like you’re in the middle of New York fashion week.
Portions of the streets surrounding the galleries are closed off to traffic, creating an easy-walking atmosphere that’s perfect for a night of art browsing. Food and drink vendors often set up shop outside many of the galleries, so you never have to go far for refreshments. Just be sure to bring cash. If you want to sit down and eat, then there are many restaurants nearby to choose from, but we strongly recommend securing a reservation beforehand.
Participating business include Ann Koerner Antiques & Design, Feet First Shoe Store, Guy Lyman Fine Art, NOLA Rugs and many more! For a full list, click here. Festivities will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #soloNOLA!