Noche en Blanco: Picnic Under the Stars in Hance Park

Madison RutherfordSeptember 30, 2019
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Twinkling string lights, communal tables draped in white décor and a sea of people dressed in all-white creative cocktail attire dancing under the stars. This is Noche en Blanco (“night in white”) in a nutshell.

The fourth annual event will take place at Hance Park on Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 10 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hance Park Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to the future of the park. The organization aims to reimagine the space as a vibrant urban hub like the Central Park of Phoenix.

Noche en Blanco was inspired by Le Dîner en Blanc, a community picnic that originated in Paris nearly three decades ago. Noche en Blanco aims to celebrate the cultural diversity of Downtown Phoenix while underscoring a sense of unity, represented by the all-white theme.

The evening will culminate with the grand carnival parade. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to dance and take photos with the samba dancers.

Guests can purchase a table to decorate for the event and pre-order bottles of wine and a gourmet picnic for two for $75. Menu options include lamb shank with roasted root vegetables, chicken and chorizo paella or a vegan option called “The Garden,” which features a creative combination of quinoa and buckwheat “soil” with braised dragon carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes, smoked abalone mushrooms and confit turnips. Guests can also bring their own picnics. Local vendors will include Huss Brewing, Actions Wine and Conceptually Social.

Early bird tickets for the event start at $30 per person and tables for 8 are $225.

67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, hanceparkconservancy.org/noche-en-blanco

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