While the Big Apple may have been the first to be deemed the city that never sleeps, Tel Aviv is not far behind. Which is why it is so exciting when White Night rolls around, aka the one night a year when the city pulls an all-nighter, celebrating until the break of dawn. Live music, street parties, and free entry to museums are just the tip of the iceberg...
Disco, Disco, Disco
Rabin Square is the quintessential Tel Aviv landmark – with hundreds of tourists visiting on a daily basis, thousands of Israelis gathering everv y year for Memorial Day ceremonies, and, in recent years, it has become home to one of White Night's biggest events: the silent disco. Don your headphones and get groovin’.
If bumping and grinding alongside a bunch of teens isn’t your idea of fun, head to Ben Gurion Blvd for a more sophisticated affair: Jazz on the Boulevard. Let the musical talents of local jazz bands entertain you as you partake in a moonlit stroll.
For the edgier amongst you, head over to Tel Aviv’s hipster paradise, Florentin, hosting the “Made in Florentine” street party including street performances, live graffiti, tours, and more. Casually sipping on kombucha, rocking a faded vintage button-down, or stroking a pet ferret will help you fit right in.
Take advantage of the (free!) cultural opportunities, and head to the Eretz Israel Museum to explore their offering of exhibitions, — we recommend checking out On the Edge - Israeli Paper. If the hustle and bustle is getting to be too much, their “Meditation at Midnight” event is the key to keeping Zen.
Seeking “alternative” entertainment but too sweaty to schlep to Florentin? Nahalat Binyamin Street will be hosting 25 of Israel’s most well-known graffiti artists, who will be wowing the crowds with live paintings. Who knows, this could be your chance to put a face to the name of the ever-elusive Dede.
If you’re looking to stray from the beaten path, Q7, a local co-working space, is hosting a marathon of architectural and urban planning films and live demos for those looking to be inspired, and Studio B6 will be displaying works by recent graduates.
The Weird and the Wonderful
Give in to the surreal, dreamlike quality of White Night and head to Bialik Square for “Return of the Fool X," a captivating circus show to dazzle and delight. Or, indulge in a blast from the past at the Neve Schechter Center, which will be transformed into a scene from the 60s. With a photo booth for '60s selfies,' a 60s costume contest and fashion exhibition, and a satiric performance by Girls in the Turret, you’ll be doing the mash potato before you know it. To blow off some steam, jog over to Gordon Beach and unleash your competitive spirit in their volleyball tournament.