Have you ever wanted to picnic in a secret location—with a few thousand other people in on the secret? On August 22nd, you'll have the chance to do that—all while wearing your most fabulous white clothes—when Dîner en Blanc returns to New York City.

Five thousands guests are expected at the NYC dinner, which involves diners bringing their own tables, tablescapes and chairs to a location announced just hours before the dinner and dancing begin. (Last year's was in Battery Park City.) Attendees can also bring their own food or opt to buy meals curated by James Beard-winning chef Todd English. Here's what last year's dinner looked like:

Phase one registration—for past participants—takes place on Monday, August 7th. Past attendees can also sponsor friends to register during phase two. You can also sign up to be on the wait list and register during phase three.

There is an extensive FAQ outlining the do's and don'ts of Dîner-ing en Blanc. One question is, "There are lots of rules, and guests may find them restrictive. Isn’t there a risk that this will inhibit the spontaneity and festivity which are at the heart of the concept?" The answer: "While these rules may seem restrictive, one must keep in mind that Le Dîner en Blanc is not an ordinary event. The evening takes place in a public place that was not designed for such a purpose and is often very busy. It must necessarily be very controlled in order for future editions to be held. Such measures never taint the festive and friendly spirit that prevails each year."