Plan a block party

A neighbourhood party (block party) is an opportunity for neighbours to get together, meet one another, have fun and work on a common activity. It usually takes place on a street that has been closed, but it can also take place in a neighbouring park or at a community facility. Activities can include barbecues, picnics, games, dancing and music.

Looking to plan a neighbourhood block party? Approval must be provided by the City.

Use our Neighbourhood Block Party Guide for information on planning and implementing a block party.


Ten reasons to have a block party

  1. Have fun — no excuse or reason is needed to celebrate
  2. Meet your neighbours and celebrate your community
  3. Increase your sense of belonging to the community
  4. Organize initiatives such as a block parent program
  5. Make connections
  6. Meet a neighbour who can help you with gardening tips
  7. Organize a babysitting co-op or share walking to school duties
  8. Take action/share ideas to plan a campaign for traffic slowdown, better lighting, a new neighbourhood park or other residents' concerns
  9. Use the street for the day to rollerblade, play hockey or dance
  10. Meet some of the long-term residents in the neighbourhood and learn about its history

Planning your block party

  • The idea of a neighbourhood block party is to bring people together; invite some neighbours to help out with the planning
  • Decide what type of party would be best: barbecue, picnic, potluck or catered
  • Start with a smaller event and grow it over the years
  • Use natural neighbourhood boundaries (such as end of the block or everyone in the cul-de-sac) when determining who to invite
  • Figure out a location. If you choose to host it on the street, or in a park or alley, you will need to complete a Neighbourhood Block Party Application form Contact Dari Lang at 403-948-8804, ext. 8864 for more information.
  • Distribute a notice requesting feedback on the date and time. Once the committee decides on a date, distribute another notice with all the details
  • You may want to post signs the day before the event to remind everyone to remove cars for street closure
  • At the event, name tags are great for helping everyone to get to know each other

For more information on planning a neighbourhood block party, contact Community Development.


Contact us

Community Development

P. 403.948.8800

F. 403.948.6567


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