Fête en Blanc’s returning to Lancaster Thursday, June 28, but the location’s still a secret.
The pop-up, all-white party welcomes summer in a new spot for the past seven years. Through the years, the group’s gone to Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Clipper Magazine Stadium and Excelsior.
April LaMon created the Lancaster party and based it on Dîner en Blanc in Paris. A few years ago, she told the crowd she wanted “to have a lovely evening celebrating the beginning of summer together in a lovely spot in downtown Lancaster with your family, friends and neighbors and generally with people who love downtown Lancaster."
The party’s grown from about 70 people to 2,200 who gathered at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology last year.
The Fête’s bigger but the rules are the same: request an invitation. The location will be sent before the party. Attendees bring their own food, drinks, chairs and tables. The dress code is anything white.
To request an invitation:
- Fill out a form on the event’s website, feteenblanclancaster.com. That will not guarantee that you’ll get tickets.
- The Fete team will send an email about the ticket release date. Update: tickets will be released Friday, June 8
- On June 8, follow instructions and act fast. The free tickets were scooped up last year in 12 minutes, says Joe Hess, the group’s president. There will be about 2,500 tickets available for June’s Fete.
This year, attendees will be asked to donate to local charities when they sign up for tickets.
Money raised will be donated to Lancaster County charities. Last year, $4,500 went to performing arts at J.P. McCaskey High School, NuLife (a sewing nonprofit) and Thaddeus Stevens for a scholarship.
The Fete’s volunteer board will make a decision Monday about which charities to fund.
January brought a second party, Fête en Noire, to Lancaster. The all-black party attracted 650 people to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and raised money for Fête en Blanc.
This will be the final Fête en Blanc led by Hess, who will remain the group’s president.
“I plan to go out with a bang,” he says. “That’s all I’ll say.”
Here are photos from last year's event:
PHOTOS: Fête en Blanc 2017
On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people attended Lancaster’s seventh annual Fête en Blanc, held this year at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The dinner party, inspired by a longstanding Parisian tradition, celebrates the start of summer and is named for its distinctive all-white dress code. Those who wanted to attend applied for free invitations, and winners were notified of the location just a day before the event, to which they brought their own food, drinks, chairs and tables. Past locations included Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Clipper Magazine Stadium, Excelsior and Buchanan Park.