Tel Aviv is a party-hearty town where bars and cafes runneth over with patrons even on nights most visitors would consider a school night. Yet once a year, the party literally spills onto the streets as locals and visitors alike pull an all-nighter for Tel Aviv's White Night celebration, known as "layla lavan" in Hebrew.
This year, that night is Thursday, June 27 – and boy are there plenty of events to choose from. All across Tel Aviv and Jaffa, museums and galleries, restaurants and other cultural institutions will open their doors to the public and keep them open until the wee hours of the morning.
Click here for the ultimate guide to events and attractions at the Tel Aviv White Night.
For the first time in White Night history, Hatikvah market in south Tel Aviv is joining the fun: Starting at 5 P.M., a Balkan band will welcome visitors at the market's entrance while other musicians perform inside. Stalls, shops, restaurants and cafes in the shuk will stay open late and there will also be street-theater performances, as well as a capoeira, hip-hop and break-dancing show by local kids.
There are musical performances scheduled throughout the night as well: Members of the Israeli Opera will belt out tunes at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center plaza, Boom Pam takes the stage at the Barby club and a Wi-Fi headphones party comes to Rabin Square (for smartphone-equipped partygoers – you have to download an app to participate). For true night owls (or those who are early to bed and to rise) singer Yehudit Ravitz will perform a seaside concert at sunset on Hazuk beach.
Film buffs can head for the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, which celebrates its 40th anniversary with free Israeli film screenings from 7 P.M. until midnight.
Other events include ballroom dancing at Habima Square; an early evening drawing workshop for children in Bialik Square; lectures, in Hebrew, on everything from Herod the Great to the human brain at the Kiryat Sefer Park; tours of south Tel Aviv graffiti; a vintage market at Dizengoff Square; a multi-disciplinary arts festival called "Testing Tools" at the community center on Sheinkin Street; and yoga at the Tel Aviv Port.
If that's not enough, the party (or after-party) continues on Friday afternoon with eight hours of outdoor electronic music at Hahurshot Park in Jaffa and free guided tours at museums in Holon, Bat Yam and Herzliya (transportation provided).
Advance registration is required for the art tours and space is limited: Call (03) 516-6188 ext. 1 to sign up.
For a complete list of all the White Night events (in Hebrew), go to www.layla-lavan.ynet.co.il