On June 25th, the city of Tel Aviv will be celebrating Tel Aviv White Night (Laila Lavan), when the ‘city that never sleeps’ moniker becomes more true than ever, as almost the entire city stays open well into the morning hours. As Tel Aviv celebrates the White City’s enshrinement as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, check out these hand-picked events to keep you going until sunrise.
If all the action has you feeling a bit peckish, make your way over to the central Rothschild Boulevard for the DeliShow fashion-culinary mashup, combining a fashion show and cooking display featuring prominent Israeli and European designers and chefs. Expect a sensory overload as jumbo-screens simulcast behind-the-scenes action and display interviews with the chefs and designers while they work their magic. All the while, street food stalls serve up international tastes to hungry patrons.
DeliShow, Rothschild Blvd 1, Tel Aviv, Israel
Indie Rock at HaPisga Garden or Swing Music at Habima Square
What better way to officially kick off the festivities than with some live music and an iconic view of the Tel Aviv coastline from HaPisga Garden, where Israeli musicians like Maor Cohen, Noam Rotem and many others will be supplying the indie tunes starting at 8:00 pm. Alternatively, if you want to add some serious dancing into the mix, join Israel’s swing dancing community at Habima Square, where there will be introductory swing dancing lessons with music provided by the New Orleans Function Jazz Band.
HaPisga Garden, Tel Aviv, Israel
Habima Square, Tel Aviv, Israel
Touch Me Baby! Video Art Exhibition at Jaffa Port
For those who appreciate video art or have an interest in technology, there is the thought-provoking Touch Me Baby! video art exhibition at the restored Jaffa Port, where the Bezalel Academy’s video department has teamed up with video artist Chen Tsarfati to explore how modern communication is influenced by technology and how our bodies react to it. This rich exhibition features 16 screens constantly streaming stimulating artworks that explore the line between technology and the user. Discover how the technology we design actually shapes us and a host of other intriguing queries.
Touch Me Baby! Jaffa Port, Jaffa, Israel
Nighttime Street Art Tour in South Tel Aviv
If you prefer to get out and about while taking in your art, explore the connection between the streets and art with one of White Night’s few tours in English. Alternative Tel Aviv will take you to the industrial Kiryat Hamelacha neighborhood, a center of Tel Aviv’s contemporary art scene, to check out some of the most compelling street art in the city.
Street Art Tour, Kiryat Hamlacha, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Cut Out Club at Ozen Bar
If you’re looking for something truly local and authentic, head over to HaTachana, Tel Aviv’s Old Train Station Complex, for a very Israeli sing-along experience, as Israeli musicians play nostalgic numbers from the state’s historical and present-day musical repertoire and the crowd joins in on the singing. It really doesn’t get more Israeli than this. For a mix of English and Hebrew sing-alongs, you can also checkout Smith-4-Play at the Neve Tzedek Community Center from 9:00-11:00 pm.
HaTachana, Yehuda HaLevi 43, Tel Aviv, Israel
Neve Tzedek Community Center, Shabazi Street 22, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-516-4691
No all-nighter in Tel Aviv would be complete without a foray into the eclectic local club scene. Keep an eye out on social media for parties at the various Tel Aviv nightlife institutions. In the meantime, here’s a few selections that won’t disappoint. At perhaps the city’s most respected club, the Block, techno, ambient, dub and trip hop will rule the night with DJs Max Cooper and Ott controlling the decks alongside a healthy dose of local support. Elsewhere, Pasáž will be hosting its alternative ‘Black Night,’ with underground trap-house beats from 11:00 pm on. Haoman 17 invites Israeli mainstays Yahel and Astral Projection for a good old fashioned Israeli psy-trance night, and Rothschild 12 presents a free, all-night, open-air party fueled by the deepest tech beats.
The Block, Shalma Road 157, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-537-8002
Pasáž, Allenby Street 94, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-692-7777
Haoman 17, Abarbanel Street 88, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-692-7777
Rothschild 12, Rotschild Blvd 12, Tel Aviv, Israel, +972-3-510-6430
Sunrise Yoga at the Namal
This one definitely isn’t for everybody, but if you’re a yogi, can anything really beat a free seaside yoga session at sunrise? Head to Namal Tel Aviv at 5:30 am to join.
Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv, Israel
These were only a taste of what White Night has to offer. For the official White Night events listing, check out the official Tel Aviv White Night website or the unofficial Facebook event page.