Organizing a Neighborhood Block Party

Neighborhood block parties provide the opportunity for neighbors to meet and socialize with one another, build community spirit and build relationships that allow one another to identify those who live around them from others who do not. 

Remember, it does not take a 50 or 100 people to make a block party successful. For as long as neighbors are meeting and interacting with one another, the event has been successful toward enhancing your neighborhood. Making the event a positive experience for the entire neighborhood will ensure future events continue to be successful.
  1. Three Months Out
  2. One Month Out
  3. One Week Out
  4. Don't Forget List
Three Months Before
  • Form a committee consisting of several neighborhood households and hold an organizational meeting.
    • One member should become the primary contact person for the event – the go-to person for questions that arise during the planning, organizing, and arranging of the event.
    • Another member to become responsible for reading the Assembly Permit Instructions (PDF) and obtaining the required Assembly Permit Application (PDF) along with any other permits deemed necessary such as insurance, health permit temporary ABC permit, temporary sign permit, etc.
    • Another member should be responsible for organizing the food and refreshments. Potlucks are the easiest as most neighbors will want to contribute. However, you may want to solicit contributions to allow for the basics of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, etc. to be provided. Many area businesses are willing to donate toward these items if asked. Make arrangements for keeping beverages cool by having containers, chests, and coolers available and don’t forget the ice. Most neighbors will bring their own beverages and containers with their potluck dish if asked.
    • Another member can be asked to organize the activities. Roanoke’s police, Fire/EMS departments welcome the opportunity to bring their vehicles for tours and safety demonstrations whereas other departments can educational activities and information to share. Providing music will undoubtedly liven up the event and don’t forget to include youth activities such as face painting and contests.
    • And the most important member of the committee is the one responsible for the event’s set-up and clean-up! Solicit neighbors to provide tables, tents, sound system, etc and ask everyone to bring their own chairs. Don’t forget the need for trash and recycling receptacles and the bags that go in them.