2016 Dîner en Blanc is this summer’s biggest party

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The party of the summer is coming back this week on Thursday, August 18 at 6pm when 6,000 people dressed all in white will converge at a secret public space to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this spectacular event.

Diner en Blanc Vancouver has become a much-buzzed about event that treats attendees with an evening that they’ll never forget. (Good luck getting on the invite list!) It’s inspired a lot of love, some criticism, an anti-event (Ce Soir Noir) and a few weddings… So it comes as no surprise that Dîner en Blanc is one of Vancouver’s most anticipated summer events.

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2016 Dîner en Blanc is this summer’s biggest party

Your Essential Bucket List for Summer in Vancouver

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The summer in Vancouver seems to fly by with countless beach days, hiking adventures, and camping exploits. However, if you really want to make the most of the three sunniest months in the year this summer in Vancouver, you’ve gotta make yourself a bucket list.

Whether you’re just visiting or having a staycation, a summer bucket list can help motivate you to do a few things outside of your comfort zone – and hopefully have fun doing them!

To help you get started with your bucket list to tackle this summer in Vancouver, we’ve put together a few ideas. Try one, try them all, or use them to start a bucket list of your own… Here’s some ideas on what you can do to make this summer your most interesting one yet:

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Your Essential Bucket List for Summer in Vancouver

Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver: Dine al fresco with 4,500 friends, Aug 25

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest fancy picnic is back.

Diner en Blanc returns this Aug. 25 for its fourth Vancouver instalment. This year, the al fresco dining event will see 4,500 people dressed entirely in white converge on a secret location for the mother-of-all picnics. Guests bring their own white chairs and folding tables and white tablecloths, as well as their own picnic baskets with self-catered dinners packed inside.

The event prides itself on elegance, courtly sophistication and – above all – selectivity. While tickets aren’t all that expensive ($37), getting one is nearly impossible. You generally have to either know an organizer or past attendee. Rumour has it that the waiting list to be considered for a ticket is tens of thousands of names long.  Continue reading:
Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver: Dine al fresco with 4,500 friends, Aug 25

French Canadian Fest brings back Diner en Plaid

Plaid is everywhere during the Festival du Bois |Photo courtesy of Festival du Bois website

Plaid is everywhere during the Festival du Bois |Photo courtesy of Festival du Bois website

It’s like Dîner en Blanc–only much more colourful. And significantly less formal. In fact, there could be arm wrestling.

Dîner en Plaid is back on February 17 as part of the lead-up to the French Canadian Festival du Bois, which happens in the suburban Vancouver community of Maillardville from February 26 to March 1, primarily at Mackin Park in Coquitlam.

Produced by the Société francophone de Maillardville, Festival du Bois is the largest francophone event west of the Rockies. Last year, it held the first Dîner en Plaid, a tongue-in-cheek nod to Dîner en Blanc, the elegant event that originated in France in which thousands of people dressed entirely in white converge on a secret location.

With Dîner en Plaid, the dress code isn’t as refined: just grab some kind of plaid. The colourful flannel honours the lumberjack heritage of Maillardville and celebrate its French-Canadian pioneering history. (The “bois” in Festival du Bois means “wood”.)

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Dine Al Fresco with 3200 Friends: Diner en Blanc Comes to Vancouver

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest fancy picnic just got bigger.

Diner en Blanc is back this Aug. 21 and this year 3,200 tickets are up for grabs.  The unique al fresco dining event sees thousands of people dressed entirely in white converge on a secret location for the mother-of-all picnics.

Past Diners en Blanc in Vancouver have proven exceedingly popular.  In 2012, a “diner” was staged at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre, drawing 1,200 guests.  Last year, 2,600 diners in white took over the grassy park in front of Science World on False Creek.  The location for this year’s event is, of course, a secret: Attendees will only find out on the day of the dinner.

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Dine Al Fresco with 3200 Friends: Diner en Blanc Comes to Vancouver

Dine Alfresco with 2500 Friends: Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Are you ready to “recall the elegance and glamour of court society”?

Then get out your dress whites: the second instalment of Diner en Blanc is coming to Vancouver, Aug. 22.

The unique gathering brings together thousands of people, all dressed from head to toe in white, for an elegant, outdoor dinner.  Guests bring their own white chairs and folding tables and white tablecloths, as well as their own picnic baskets with self-catered dinners packed inside.

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Dine Alfresco with 2500 Friends: Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver

Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30

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At approximately 6 p.m. on this Thursday, Aug. 30, Vancouver will be awash in a sea of white.

Some 1,200 diners dressed entirely in white will converge on a secret location, carrying their own tables, chairs and tablecloths for an event called Diner en Blanc.

Originating in France, Diners en Blanc have been staged in 20 different cities over the past 25 years.  Among the most memorable locations was in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, where 15,000 Parisians turned out for a night to remember.

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Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30