If you’re looking for a great night out in June, Tel Aviv opens its heart and soul with the annual White Night shindig.
Pretty much the entire city will be alive with various concerts, shows and other happenings, headlong into the wee hours. In the spotlight on this long, long night: the city’s extraordinary architecture and its amazing nightlife.
Originally initiated in 2005 to celebrate the recognition of Tel Aviv’s White City (Tel Aviv’s magnificent collection of Bauhaus buildings – see our full guide) as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Tel Aviv has since made White Night an annual bash, usually celebrated on the last Thursday in June (mark your diaries!). This year (2023) it’s on Thursday 29 June.
What to see on White Night
At the same time throughout the city, dozens of events take place in cultural and art centers, commercial establishments and clubs citywide, many of which stay open late, and outdoor performances are held until the early hours of the morning. The events are open to the general public, mainly free-of-charge or for a nominal fee, and tourists, visitors and locals can enjoy a wide variety of great events.
Some of the annual highlights on White Night in Tel Aviv (I believe most are free to enter):
Many of Tel Aviv’s Bauhaus buildings on Rothschild and Bialik Streets are lit up throughout the night with special spotlights highlighting unique architectural elements.
Rothschild Street is going to be buzzing with action, including circus acts, street bands, and dancers dressed in white and “lit up” flitting through the crowds. Rothschild Street is very much at the heart of the action!
Kikar Rabin will have its usual headphone party, with music and dancing (all via headphones) kicking off at 8pm and continuing way past midnight.