Le Dîner en Blanc returns to Boston for another secret pop-up dinner

The annual event invites guests to dress head-to-toe in white for one giant, communal picnic.

Le Diner en Blanc
Le Diner en Blanc –Binita Patel

Get out your white linen pants, your white boas, and your white shoes: Le Dîner en Blanc returns to Boston on September 7 for its sixth year, inviting guests to join thousands of other revelers for a picnic in a secret location.

Le Dîner en Blanc, which translates from French to “dinner in white,” began in Paris in 1988 and has spread to more than 80 cities around the world. The covert fête, which takes place rain or shine, unites attendees with a communal dinner party, though no one — except the dozens of volunteers and organizers – knows where it will take place until moments before it begins. Guests are instructed to pack lavish picnic fare, white chairs, a table, a white tablecloth, and white dinnerware, and to meet at an assigned departure location before being escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer to the event site. While bringing your own alcohol isn’t allowed, attendees may reserve wine or Champagne through the event’s website.

Dancing is always guaranteed at Le Dîner en Blanc. —Binita Patel
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Previous years have seen the white-clad soirée take place at Boston City Hall Plaza, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the John J. Moakley Courthouse lawn, though it’s anyone’s guess where it will land this year. What is guaranteed is a night filled with music, impromptu dancing, electric sparklers, and strangers coming together for a good time.

“Le Dîner en Blanc is addictive,” lead host Anna Berezina said via a press release. “Attend once, and you’re hooked for life. Core values of Le Dîner en Blanc like friendship, elegance, sharing, and equality could not be more refreshing in today’s world. We need this reminder of community, breaking bread together, and enjoying our universal humanity. I think that’s what really makes it so special.”

Registration for the event is split into phases, starting with phase one for members from the previous year, phase two for new members who are referred by phase one attendees, and phase three for those who signed up on the waiting list (which is done by simply submitting your email). Tickets are sold in pairs and cost $43 each plus a $10 membership fee, with an additional option for guests who would rather have a dinner waiting for them on site as opposed to packing a picnic.

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Once waitlist emails are sent out announcing the start of sales, tickets are first come, first serve. In the meantime, start digging through your wardrobe for all-white everything.

Le Dîner en Blanc; location and time TBA; boston.dinerenblanc.com