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Plan Neighborhood Events

Neighborhood events are the best way to build community. Holding neighborhood events and social gatherings lets neighbors to get to know each other. At neighborhood gatherings you can welcome new neighbors, catch up on friendships, learn about the history of your neighborhood and other families, their interests and needs. Host a party, start a project or organize a potluck. These are great times to create lists of neighborhood assets, including existing and potential members of Neighborhood Councils.

Here are some fun ideas for neighborhood gatherings or special events:


  • Block Party
  • Children's Performance/Play
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Most Improved Yard Contest
  • Cultural Event
  • Bake Sale
  • Food Drive
  • Aluminum Can Drive
  • Taste of the Neighborhood
  • Holiday Lighting Contest
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Voter Registration Drive
  • Outdoor Film Festival
  • Bingo Breakfast
  • Yard/Garage Sale
  • Neighborhood Clean-up Day
  • Game Night
  • Crime Walk (walk together with flashlights and bright clothing)

Tips for organizing an event:

  • Share ideas and select an interesting event
  • Appoint an event chairperson
  • Set up a committee to organize the event
  • Define committee tasks and budget
  • Develop a timetable
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Find sponsors
  • Publicize the event
  • Attend the event, and have fun meeting your neighbors
  • Afterward... Remember to say thank you!
  • Evaluate

National Neighborhood Day

Neighborhoods across America are joining together and participating in National Neighborhood Day. American neighborhoods are realizing the value of simple gatherings, the sharing of food and fun, while discovering the diversity that makes America great.


National Neighborhood Day is the third Sunday in September. National Neighborhood Day was created to "inspire, build and sustain the neighborhood relationships that provide the foundation for civic action and the building of stronger, more caring and effective communities." To find out more about National Neighborhood Day, visit www.neighborhoodday.org/.