Ce Soir Noir luring Vancouverites to dark side with fourth annual all-black picnic on August 23

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      Ce Soir Noir—or This Black Night, Vancouver’s free, tongue-in-cheek alternative to the much-maligned Dîner en Blanc—is returning for its fourth edition on Thursday (August 23).

      Taking place on the same evening as its all-white counterpart, the “picnic-based art installation” will happen at Creekside Park (1455 Quebec Street) this year, rather than its usual location of CRAB Park. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m.

      Guests are asked to dress entirely in black and to bring food, drinks, friends, and picnic baskets. Oh, and open-mindedness and a good attitude. “Your vibe contributes to the overall vibeness,” reads the Facebook event page, “and your presence makes nothing into something.”

      The event is family-friendly, though dogs are not permitted. Attendees must also clean up after themselves, and dispose of any leftover food or litter they produce.

      This year's Dîner en Blanc site, meanwhile, has yet to be revealed, though organizers have promised that the alfresco affair will take place in “one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces and is quite possibly the most stunning location for Le Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver to date”.