San Antonio enjoys the newly renovated Travis Park during its grand reopening March 31, 2014. Photo by David Rangel.
San Antonio enjoys the newly renovated Travis Park during its grand reopening March 31, 2014. Photo by David Rangel. (Edited to black and white for effect.)

This March marks the one-year anniversary of Travis Park’s revitalization. To celebrate, the park will host its first Dinner en Blanc on Friday, March 27. The event is free and open to the public, with only one requirement—you must wear all white. Bring your own picnic and enjoy live music and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Dinner is followed by a dance party from 8-11 p.m.

Editor’s note: This event was originally scheduled a week earlier, but was rescheduled because of rain.

Travis Park, founded in 1870, has been transformed in the last year from a place to avoid into a vibrant gathering space. The Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO), which oversaw the park’s renovation and continues to manage its progress, has enlivened the multi-purpose space with an extensive and rotating collection of food trucks, art installations, creative collaborations with Awesome SA, and popular events, such as Movies by Moonlight, Ballet in the Park with Ballet San Antonio, and their delightful Third Friday happy hour and live jazz event.

Below is a trailer for a movie about the “the worlds biggest dinner party” in Paris, France.

Organizers aren’t expecting that big of a crowd just yet, but CCDO Director Lori Houston said the park “has been a great example of how partnership and programming can revitalize an underutilized space.”

Its location at 301 E. Travis Street, across from the St. Anthony Hotel, is increasingly attracting locals and tourists alike, she said. This coming year will only bring more quality programming, including seasonal and family-focused events. The hope is to attract an even more diverse crowd, from young professionals to Baby Boomers to children.

For the Dinner en Blanc, the park will be adorned with white decorations, blankets and picnic tables. Surprise live entertainment will be woven throughout the evening, culminating in the dance party.

You don’t need to reserve a place for the Dinner en Blanc, but if you would like to reserve a picnic table you can do so online. The St Anthony will provide bar service throughout the evening, as well as beautiful picnic baskets, available to reserve (call 210-227-4392). All proceeds from reservations go towards future park programs.

What better way to observe the first day of spring than to celebrate the rebirth of a historic downtown San Antonio park?

You can find more information about the dinner, and other events at the park, online at www.travisparksa.com, or on their Facebook page.

*Featured/top image: San Antonio enjoys the newly renovated Travis Park during its grand reopening March 31, 2014. Photo by David Rangel. (Edited to black and white for effect.)

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Gretchen Greer

Gretchen Greer is a freelance writer and photographer, born and raised in San Antonio. She has lived in France and England, and currently divides her time between Texas, London and Burgundy. You can find...