The grand daddy of all pop-ups in Philly is around the corner. Diner en Blanc, the all-white affair that has shut down just about every major artery in Philly is now accepting registrations.
For those looking to participate this year, it’s worth noting that not everyone who registers will be chosen to participate. Rather you’ll be entered into a lottery system that will select potential participants. Those chosen in the lottery will then be granted access to register for the event. You can register here.
For those totally oblivious to this maga diner even, their website describes the event as:
At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city’s public space by participating in the unexpected.
Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste.
Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.
There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic, except for the occasional amazed and astonished looks from passersby at the scene unfolding before them. And we, as they, wonder whether it’s all not a dream