Save the Date – Black Tie Beach 2012

UPDATE: This event has already happened. Photos here.

Black Tie Beach 2010

The 3rd Annual Black Tie Beach mission will take place on Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 PM at a New York City-area beach. We will announce the exact meeting point the day before (Friday, 8/17) at noon. It will be accessible by subway. For now, save the date. You can RSVP on Facebook. See participation details below.

UPDATE: NYC details are here.

If you are interested in organizing a Black Tie Beach event in a city outside of the NYC-area on the same day (August 18), please fill out this form to register. Please note this is only for people interested in organizing an event, not just participating.

Here are the cities that have registered so far:

New York City (Improv Everywhere)
Bloomington, IN
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Edmonds, WA
Los Angeles, CA
Manitowoc, WI
Santa Cruz, CA

Black Tie Beach 2011

Participation details:

We are going to spend a day at the beach wearing black tie attire. Everything else about our day at the beach will be normal. Please bring what you would normally bring to the beach (towel, beach bag, sandcastle building tools, Frisbee, kite, etc.) The only unusual thing is that we will be doing all of this in black tie, while acting like it is perfectly normal dress for the beach. Plan on swimming in the ocean in your attire (you should try to find cheap/used clothes.)

It is OK if your clothes are stained, damaged, or ill-fitting. Just find the best you can find, but please no jokey outfits. We recommend wearing a bathing suit underneath your outfit rather than underwear. Bring a change of clothes for the subway ride home.

You must be wearing black tie attire to attend this mission. No spectators or camera folks. This is about participation.

If anyone asks you why you’re wearing formal wear, reply that you just “felt like dressing up” or “enjoy dressing up at the beach.” Claim that you do not know anyone other than the few people you might be with. Never say it is a prank, stunt, flash mob, or Improv Everywhere event. Keep a straight face!


Black tie. For men this means a black or white tuxedo. No other colors. For women this means a long evening gown of any color. No wedding dresses (we don’t want to look like we are a wedding party taking photos.) Men may wear a black suit with a white shirt if they absolutely can’t find a tux.


Bring as many normal beach accessories as you like, see sample list above. Bring sunscreen. Bring a change of clothes. Bring friends if you like, but be sure to share these instructions with them.

Black Tie Beach